publication . Article . 2018

Incubation Behaviour of Common Eiders Somateria Mollissima in the Central Baltic:Nest Attendance and Loss in Body Mass

Svend-Erik Garbus; Peter Lyngs; Mathias Garbus; Pelle Gorm Garbus; Igor Eulaers; Anders Mosbech; Rune Dietz; H. Grant Gilchrist; Rene Huusmann; Jens Peter Christensen; ...
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2018
  • Country: Denmark
Abstract Here we present the recording of body mass change and weight loss during incubation in a Common Eider Somateria mollissima colony at Christiansø in the Central Baltic (55°19’N 15°11’E). The study was conducted during April and May 2015 and a total number of four birds were followed (two were lost due to predation and three due to power outages). Body mass and nesting behaviour was recorded electronically over a period of 26–27 days using automatic poultry scales and a surveillance video camera. During incubation, the eiders underwent a 28–37% loss in body mass and left the nest on average 13 times (range: 7–17 times) for a period of 7–70 min. In general...
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Fields of Science and Technology classification: 01 natural sciences0106 biological sciences010603 evolutionary biology010605 ornithology
free text keywords: camera, feeding, foraging, hydrating, nest, recess behaviour, Animal Science and Zoology, camera, nest, hydrating, feeding, foraging, recess behaviour, Zoology, QL1-991, recess behavior, Incubation, Nest, Zoology, Ecology (disciplines), Attendance, Biology
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