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Foot losses of metal banded Snowy Plovers | Pérdidas de pies en Chorlitejos Patinegros (Charadrius alexandrinus) con anillas metálicas

AuthorsAmat, Juan A.
Issue Date1999
PublisherAssociation of Field Ornithologists
CitationJournal of Field Ornithology 70: 555- 557 (1999)
AbstractDuring a 7-yr study on Snowy Plovers (Charadrius alexandrinus) in southern Spain, I banded 1072 birds. Of these, 0.6% had natural leg injuries when first captured. Of 412 plovers that were recaptured or resighted in years following banding, 1.9% had injuries caused by the metal band, the most common of which was foot loss. All these birds had the metal band on the tarsus, and no plover with metal band on the tibia was recaptured with injuries. Though foot losses did not prevent breeding, and leg injuries probably had little effects on population dynamics, it is recommended that metal banding of shorebirds on the tarsus should be avoided.
Identifiersissn: 0273-8570
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