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Effects of neck bands on the behavior of wintering greater white-fronted geese

January 1, 1990

Activity budgets of adult Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons frontalis) with and without neck bands during the non-breeding season revealed that geese with neck bands spent more time preening than geese without neck bands while at foraging sites, but not while at roosting sites. Neck-banded and control geese spent equal time in other important activities (alert, feeding, sleeping, locomotor activities, flying, or social interactions) while at both foraging and roosting sites. Neck-banded geese apparently compensated for the increase in preening activity by reducing the amount of time spent in alert postures relative to control geese (23.9 vs. 28.6%), although the decrease was not significant (P = 0.106). There was a significant negative relationship (P = 0.038) between the length of time a goose had worn a neck band and the amount of time spent preening while at roost sites. After a short acclimation period, neck bands probably have minimal effect on the activity of wintering Greater White-fronted Geese.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1990
Title Effects of neck bands on the behavior of wintering greater white-fronted geese
Authors Craig R. Ely
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Field Ornithology
Index ID 70184241
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Alaska Science Center; Alaska Science Center Biology WTEB

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