Black brant from Alaska staging and wintering in Japan

The Condor
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Black brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) nest in colonies in arctic Canada, Alaska, and Russia (Derksen and Ward 1993, Sedinger et al. 1993). Virtually the entire population stages in fall at Izembek Lagoon near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula (Bellrose 1976) before southward migration (Dau 1992) to winter habitats in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and Baja California (Subcommittee on Black Brant 1992). A small number of black brant winter in Japan, Korea, and China (Owen 1980). In Japan 3,000–5,000 brant of unknown origin stop over in fall, and a declining population (<1,000) of birds winter here, primarily in the northern islands (Brazil 1991, Miyabayashi et al. 1994). Here, we report sightings of brant in Japan that were marked in Alaska and propose a migration route based on historical and recent observations and weather patterns.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Black brant from Alaska staging and wintering in Japan
Series title The Condor
DOI 10.2307/1369583
Volume 98
Year Published 1996
Language English
Publisher University of California Press
Publisher location Berkeley, CA
Contributing office(s) Alaska Biological Science Center
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title The Condor
First page 653
Last page 657
Country United States;Japan
State Alaska
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