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1 June 2015 A Modified Leg-noose Trap for Crab-plovers (Dromas ardeola) at Burrow Nests
Giorgio Chiozzi, Giuseppe De Marchi, Mauro Fasola
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Being trapped is a potentially stressful experience, especially for breeding birds, so capture should be limited to target individuals and be as least harmful as possible. We describe here a modified leg-noose trap that we developed for the burrow nesting Crab-plover (Dromas ardeola). Similar to other commonly used devices, it consists of monofilament fishing line nooses secured to a heavy metal base. We modified this traditional device by positioning the nooses perpendicular to the bird movement and by adding shock-absorbing elastic bands. This last addition proved effective in protecting the captured bird's legs from superficial wounds and abrasions; it did not affect capture success relative to a version of the same trap lacking these improvements. Such improvements could be applied to similar noose traps employed for other birds in order to reduce discomfort and avoid injury.

© 2015 The Wilson Ornithological Society
Giorgio Chiozzi, Giuseppe De Marchi, and Mauro Fasola "A Modified Leg-noose Trap for Crab-plovers (Dromas ardeola) at Burrow Nests," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127(2), 339-343, (1 June 2015).
Received: 30 June 2014; Accepted: 1 November 2014; Published: 1 June 2015

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