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1 February 2011 Non-Permanent Radiotelemetry Leg Harness for Small Birds
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I developed a modified leg harness for mounting radiotelemetry transmitters to small birds, which includes a weak link that allows telemetry equipment to be shed. Over 4 years, I mounted 62 transmitters on 49 Tuamotu kingfishers (Todiramphus gambieri) using weak-link harnesses. Kingfishers retained 86% of transmitters for the duration of monitoring periods (23–66 days) whereas 22 of 23 transmitters were shed from birds resighted after 6–15 months. Apparent mortality was no higher for radio-marked birds than for birds without transmitters. The weak-link harness is an improvement to existing transmitter attachment techniques and provides a useful, effective, and ethical means of studying bird movements.

© 2011 The Wildlife Society.
Dylan C. Kesler "Non-Permanent Radiotelemetry Leg Harness for Small Birds," Journal of Wildlife Management 75(2), 467-471, (1 February 2011). https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.44
Received: 5 November 2009; Accepted: 1 July 2010; Published: 1 February 2011
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