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1 November 2002 NEST MONITORING AND PREDATOR VISITATION AT NESTS OF BANDED DOTTERELS
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We used videocameras to monitor 39 nests of the Banded Dotterel (Charadrius bicinctus), a ground-nesting plover endemic to New Zealand that suffers from predation by introduced mammals. To test whether monitoring nests increased the chances of nests being visited by predators, 22 of the video-monitored nests were approached on foot daily to simulate conventional monitoring and 17 unapproached nests were monitored using videocameras only. The proportions of approached nests (46%) and unapproached nests (41%) that were visited by predators did not differ significantly, nor was there any evidence that predators used human scent trails to locate nests. This study provides some evidence that monitoring Banded Dotterel nests by regularly checking them does not influence their risk of predation.

Control de Nidos y Visita de Depredadores a Nidos de Charadrius bicinctus

Resumen. Usamos cámaras de video para controlar 39 nidos de Charadrius bicinctus, un ave endémica de Nueva Zelandia que anida en el suelo y es depredada por mamíferos introducidos. Diariamente nos acercamos a pie a 22 de los nidos controlados con cámaras para simular el modo convencional de seguimiento, y controlamos 17 nidos usando sólo las cámaras y sin acercarnos a ellos con el fin de examinar si el control convencional de nidos incrementa la probabilidad de visita de depredadores. La proporción de nidos personalmente examinados (46%) y no examinados en persona (41%) que fueron visitados por depredadores no difirió significativamente, y no hubo evidencia que los depredadores usan rastros de olores humanos para localizar los nidos. Este estudio sugiere que controlar regularmente los nidos de Charadrius bicinctus no influencia su riesgo de depredación.

Rachel J. Keedwell and Mark D. Sanders "NEST MONITORING AND PREDATOR VISITATION AT NESTS OF BANDED DOTTERELS," The Condor 104(4), 899-902, (1 November 2002). https://doi.org/10.1650/0010-5422(2002)104[0899:NMAPVA]2.0.CO;2
Received: 24 July 2001; Accepted: 1 June 2002; Published: 1 November 2002
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