Effects of neck bands on the behavior of wintering greater white-fronted geese
Activity budgets of adult Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons frontalis) with and without neck bands during the non-breeding season revealed that geese with neck bands spent more time preening than geese without neck bands while at foraging sites, but not while at roosting sites. Neck-banded and control geese spent equal time in other important activities (alert, feeding, sleeping, locomotor activities, flying, or social interactions) while at both foraging and roosting sites. Neck-banded geese apparently compensated for the increase in preening activity by reducing the amount of time spent in alert postures relative to control geese (23.9 vs. 28.6%), although the decrease was not significant (P = 0.106). There was a significant negative relationship (P = 0.038) between the length of time a goose had worn a neck band and the amount of time spent preening while at roost sites. After a short acclimation period, neck bands probably have minimal effect on the activity of wintering Greater White-fronted Geese.
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Effects of neck bands on the behavior of wintering greater white-fronted geese|
|Series title||Journal of Field Ornithology|
|Contributing office(s)||Alaska Science Center, Alaska Science Center Biology WTEB|
|Other Geospatial||Klamath Basin, Sacremento Valley|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|