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Movements and home ranges of mountain plovers raising broods in three Colorado landscapes

The Wilson Bulletin

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https://doi.org/10.1676/03-116

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Abstract

We report movements and home-range sizes of adult Mountain Plovers (Charadrius montanus) with broods on rangeland, agricultural fields, and prairie dog habitats in eastern Colorado. Estimates of home range size (95% fixed kernel) were similar across the three habitats: rangeland (146.1 ha ± 101.5), agricultural fields (131.6 ha ± 74.4), and prairie dog towns (243.3 ha ± 366.3). Our minimum convex polygon estimates of home-range size were comparable to those on rangeland reported by Knopf and Rupert (1996). In addition, movements—defined as the distance between consecutive locations of adults with broods—were equivalent across habitats. However, our findings on prairie dog habitat suggest that home-range size for brood rearing may be related to whether the prairie dog habitat is in a complex of towns or in an isolated town.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Movements and home ranges of mountain plovers raising broods in three Colorado landscapes
Series title:
The Wilson Bulletin
DOI:
10.1676/03-116
Volume:
117
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Wilson Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
5 p.
First page:
128
Last page:
132