The use of intrinsic markers to study bird migration

Coiffait, L., Redfern, C.P.F., Bevan, R.M., Newton, J. and Wolff, K. (2009) The use of intrinsic markers to study bird migration. Ringing and Migration, 24(3), pp. 169-174.

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Bird ringing is a vital tool for elucidating patterns of bird migration. Nevertheless, only a small proportion of ringed birds are ever recovered and, in recent years, new techniques such as intrinsic markers have afforded new insights into the ecology and evolution of migration. Stable isotope ratios (SIRs) in particular have shown enormous potential as a tool for studying bird migration, but their interpretation can be complicated by geographical, temporal and seasonal climatic variation, as well as anthropogenic factors. Combining different types of intrinsic markers, such as SIRs and genetic markers, may be a more powerful approach than using a single technique in isolation. Intrinsic marker techniques increase the value of conventional ringing, but new studies, particularly in remote areas and in combination with techniques for tracking individuals remotely, are necessary for realising the power of this approach.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Newton, Dr Jason
Authors: Coiffait, L., Redfern, C.P.F., Bevan, R.M., Newton, J., and Wolff, K.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Ringing and Migration
Publisher:British Trust for Ornithology
Published Online:01 January 2009
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