Spring migration and body condition of common sandpipers Actitis hypoleucos on a small Mediterranean Island

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1992
Authors:Baccetti, N, de Faveri, A, Serra, L
Journal:Ringing & Migration
Volume:13
Issue:2
Date Published:1992
ISBN Number:0307-8698
Keywords:Actitis, Actitis hypoleucos, Hypoleucos, Scolopacidae, Tringa hypoleucos, Xenus, Xenus cinereus
Abstract:Forty two Common Sandpipers were examined at a stopover site on a small island in the central Mediterranean during the spring migration. Some details about the timing of passage and body conditions are given. Birds had very low mean body mass, indicating that they were probably at the end of one of the most arduos part of their journey, although none of them appeared exhausted. The absence of information about body mass at more southerly latitudes precludes assessment of the role of insular stopover sites in relation to the species? overall migration strategy. A hopping strategy, at least during spring Mediterranean crossing, seems possible.Forty two Common Sandpipers were examined at a stopover site on a small island in the central Mediterranean during the spring migration. Some details about the timing of passage and body conditions are given. Birds had very low mean body mass, indicating that they were probably at the end of one of the most arduos part of their journey, although none of them appeared exhausted. The absence of information about body mass at more southerly latitudes precludes assessment of the role of insular stopover sites in relation to the species? overall migration strategy. A hopping strategy, at least during spring Mediterranean crossing, seems possible.
URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03078698.1992.9674024
Short Title:Ringing & Migration
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