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Nutritional values of waterfowl foods

Fish and Wildlife Leaflet 13.1.1

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Abstract

wetland habitats throughout their annual cycles. Survival, reproduction, and growth are dependent on the availability of foods that meet nutritional requirements for recurring biological events. These requirements occur among a wide variety of environmental conditions that also influence nutritional demands. Recent work on nesting waterfowl has identified the female’s general nutrient needs for egg laying and incubation. Far less is known about nutritional requirements for molt and other portions of the life cycle, particularly those during the nonbreeding season. Although information on specific requirements for amino acids and micronutrients of wild birds is meager, the available information on waterfowl requirements can be used to develop waterfowl management strategies. For example, nutrient content of foods, nutritional requirements of waterfowl, and the cues waterfowl use in locating and selecting foods are all kinds of information that managers need to encourage use of habitats by feeding waterfowl. Waterfowl nutritional needs during the annual cycle and the nutritional values of natural foods and crops will be discussed below.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Title:
Nutritional values of waterfowl foods
Series title:
Fish and Wildlife Leaflet
Series number:
13.1.1
Year Published:
1988
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Description:
6 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Waterfowl Management Handbook