Patagial Tags for Waterfowl

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1963
Authors:Anderson, A
Journal:The Journal of Wildlife Management
Date Published:1963
ISBN Number:0022541X
Keywords:Anas, Anas platyrhynchos, Anatidae, Chroicocephalus, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Fulmarus, Fulmarus glacialis, Gallinula, Gallinula chloropus, Laridae, Larus, Larus ridibundus, Procellariidae, Rallidae, Somateria, Somateria mollissima
Abstract:Waterfowl were marked for identification in the field by attaching tags of semirigid plastic to the patagium of each wing. A nickel--chrome pin piercing the patagium and two plastic washers secure the tag. Two or more self-adhesive color strips of reflective Scotchlite or nonreflective Scotchcal are fastened to the tag. In 2 years of field trials, the tag has been tested on 10 mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) identified 303 times, 123 common eiders (Somateria mollissima) 634 times, and 11 gallinules (Gallinula chloropus) 142 times. The tags have also been used on fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) and black-headed gulls (Larus ridibundus). In sunlight, bicolor combinations can be read up to 50 meters with 8 × 30 binoculars and up to 150 meters with a 25× telescope.
Short Title:The Journal of Wildlife Management
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