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Bird Ecology and ConservationA Handbook of Techniques$
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William J. Sutherland, Ian Newton, and Rhys Green

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198520863

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198520863.001.0001

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(p.141) 6 Radio-tagging
Bird Ecology and Conservation

Robert Kenward

Oxford University Press

Following wild birds marked with radio tags is a technique that can be used to obtain data on movements, survival, and habitat selection. This chapter considers the choice of type of tag and attachment method most likely to achieve useful results without adverse effects on the bird. Techniques and equipment for tracking are described, and methods and software for recording and analysing tracking data are introduced. The relative merits of radio-tracking and other, less intensive, field methods are compared. Probable future developments in equipment and their implications for field studies are considered.

Keywords:   radio-telemetry, home range, habitat selection, survival

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