Post-breeding prospecting trips of adult Sandwich Terns Thalasseus sandvicensis

Ruben Fijn, Pim Wolf, Wouter Courtens, Hilbran Verstraete, Eric Stienen, Lech Iliszko, Martin Poot

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    Abstract

    Multiple tracking methods (colour-rings, plumage-markings and GPS-loggers) revealed that adult Sandwich Terns Thalasseus sandvicensis from the Netherlands showed prospecting behaviour in other colonies within Northwest Europe. Birds were recorded from a few kilometres to over 850 km away and in different countries around the Southern North Sea. Our data suggest large-scale connectivity between Northwest European Sandwich Tern colonies. Such connectivity is potentially of great importance when modelling the population structure of this species.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBird Study
    Volume2014
    Pages (from-to)1-6
    Number of pages6
    ISSN0006-3657
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Thematic list

    • Sea and coastal birds

    EWI Biomedical sciences

    • B280-animal-ecology

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