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Effects of Satellite Transmitters Fitted to Breeding Cory's Shearwaters

PASCAL VILLARD, CHRISTOPHE BONENFANT and VINCENT BRETAGNOLLE
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 75, No. 3 (April 2011), pp. 709-714
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41418092
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

We studied the effects of a new technique to fix satellite transmitters on the feeding behavior and chick body growth of the Cory's shearwater (Calonectris diomeded). Transmitters did not significantly affect the breeding bird's body mass or diving performance. However, on average, pairs with ≥1 adult equipped with a transmitter brought a lighter meal (54.8 ± 18.9 g) to nestlings than did control birds or the same pair with the transmitter removed (77.4 ± 8.3 g) leading to a decreased chick body growth. However at fledging, chicks in control and treatment groups had similar body mass whether parents were equipped with a PTT or not. Our method of transmitter attachment could therefore be an appropriate alternative for studying the ecology of procellariiforms weighing <1 kg given that birds are fitted with transmitters for <2 weeks and restricted to 1 parent only.

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