Effects of neck bands on the behavior of wintering greater white-fronted geese

Journal of Field Ornithology


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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 type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Effects of neck bands on the behavior of wintering greater white-fronted geese
Series title Journal of Field Ornithology
Volume 61
Issue 2
Year Published 1990
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center, Alaska Science Center Biology WTEB
Description 5 p.
First page 249
Last page 253
Country United States
State Alaska, California
Other Geospatial Klamath Basin, Sacremento Valley
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