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Estimating nest detection probabilities for white-winged dove nest transects in Tamaulipas, Mexico

The Auk

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Abstract

Nest transects in nesting colonies provide one source of information on White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica asiatica) population status and reproduction. Nests are counted along transects using standardized field methods each year in Texas and northeastern Mexico by personnel associated with Mexico's Office of Flora and Fauna, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Nest counts on transects are combined with information on the size of nesting colonies to estimate total numbers of nests in sampled colonies. Historically, these estimates have been based on the actual nest counts on transects and thus have required the assumption that all nests lying within transect boundaries are detected (seen) with a probability of one. Our objectives were to test the hypothesis that nest detection probability is one and, if rejected, to estimate this probability.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Estimating nest detection probabilities for white-winged dove nest transects in Tamaulipas, Mexico
Series title:
The Auk
Volume:
103
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1986
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
4 p.
First page:
825
Last page:
828