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1 January 2003 The use of decoys as a research tool for attracting wading birds
Gaea E. Crozier, Dale E. Gawlik
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The ability to attract wading birds to a specific location is an important tool for wading bird research. We examined the effectiveness of three commercially available decoy types in attracting free-ranging wading birds to a precise location. There was a statistically significant effect of decoy type on the abundance of wading birds. Wading birds were more attracted to sites with plastic flamingo and Tyvek® bag decoys than with Texas rag decoys or no decoys (control sites). The flamingo and Tyvek® bag decoys have a rigid three-dimensional shape, which may be a more important characteristic than the detailed features of a decoy in attracting wading birds. White wading birds showed a significant effect of decoy type on abundance, whereas birds with dark plumage did not.

Gaea E. Crozier and Dale E. Gawlik "The use of decoys as a research tool for attracting wading birds," Journal of Field Ornithology 74(1), 53-58, (1 January 2003). https://doi.org/10.1648/0273-8570-74.1.53
Received: 21 November 2001; Accepted: 1 March 2002; Published: 1 January 2003
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decoy
plumage color
social feeding
trapping techniques
wading birds
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