Space use of wintering waterbirds in India: Influence of trophic ecology on home-range size

Current Zoology
Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations; Bombay Natural History Society; Wetlands International.
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Abstract

Relationship between species' home range and their other biological traits remains poorly understood, especially in migratory birds due to the difficulty associated with tracking them. Advances in satellite telemetry and remote sensing techniques have proved instrumental in overcoming such challenges. We studied the space use of migratory ducks through satellite telemetry with an objective of understanding the influence of body mass and feeding habits on their home-range sizes. We marked 26 individuals, representing five species of migratory ducks, with satellite transmitters during two consecutive winters in three Indian states. We used kernel methods to estimate home ranges and core use areas of these waterfowl, and assessed the influence of body mass and feeding habits on home-range size. Feeding habits influenced the home-range size of the migratory ducks. Carnivorous ducks had the largest home ranges, herbivorous ducks the smallest, while omnivorous species had intermediate home-ranges. Body mass did not explain variation in home-range size. To our knowledge, this is the first study of its kind on migratory ducks, and it has important implications for their conservation and management.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Space use of wintering waterbirds in India: Influence of trophic ecology on home-range size
Series title Current Zoology
Volume 60
Issue 5
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Chinese Academy of Sciences
Publisher location Beijing
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 6 p.
First page 616
Last page 621
Country India
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N