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Effect of implanted satellite transmitters on the nesting behavior of murres

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Product Type: Journal Article

Year: 1998

Authors: Meyers, P. M., S. A. Hatch, and D. M. Mulcahy


Suggested Citation:
Meyers, P. M., S. A. Hatch, and D. M. Mulcahy. 1998. Effect of implanted satellite transmitters on the nesting behavior of murres. Condor 100:172-174.

Abstract


We implanted 6 Common Murres (Uria aalge) and 10 Thick-billed Murres (Uria lomvia) with satellite transmitters and compared subsequent presence at the colony, nesting status, and provisioning to a control group that underwent a simple surgical procedure. In the 10 days following implantation, we resighted 10 of 11 control birds at the colony and 6 of 16 implanted birds. Of the birds that returned, 7 of 10 control birds retained breeding status, whereas zero of six implanted birds retained breeding status. We conclude that abdominal implantations alter murre nesting behavior.

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