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1 December 2013 Home Ranges and Habitat Use of Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
D. Tommy King, Buddy L. Goatcher, Justin W. Fischer, John Stanton, James M. Lacour, Scott C. Lemmons, Guiming Wang
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Abstract

Little is known about movements and habitat use of Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. We attached satellite transmitters to 18 adult Brown Pelicans (nine males, nine females) that were captured on Grand Isle along the Louisiana coast during 31 August–2 September 2010. Their movements and habitat use were tracked between September 2010 and March 2012. Nine of the Brown Pelicans remained proximate to the Louisiana coast; four ranged along the coasts of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana; three moved from Louisiana to Texas; and two migrated across the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula. Annual 99% home range estimates varied widely ( x??? = 10,611 km2, SE = 2,370), and males had larger ranges (x??? = 15,088 km2, SE = 2,219) than females (x??? =6,133 km2, SE = 1,764). Habitats used by Brown Pelicans were primarily open water, estuarine emergent wetland, grassland, unconsolidated shore, and deep water habitat types.

D. Tommy King, Buddy L. Goatcher, Justin W. Fischer, John Stanton, James M. Lacour, Scott C. Lemmons, and Guiming Wang "Home Ranges and Habitat Use of Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico," Waterbirds 36(4), 494-500, (1 December 2013). https://doi.org/10.1675/063.036.0406
Received: 18 January 2013; Accepted: 20 August 2013; Published: 1 December 2013
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KEYWORDS
Brown Pelican
Brownian Bridge Movement Model
habitat use
home range
Louisiana
migration
Pelecanus occidentalis
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