Post-breeding prospecting trips of adult Sandwich Terns Thalasseus sandvicensis

Ruben C. Fijn*, Pim Wolf, Wouter Courtens, Hilbran Verstraete, Eric W.M. Stienen, Lech Iliszko, Martin J.M. Poot

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Capsule Multiple tracking methods (colour-rings, plumage-markings and GPS-loggers) revealed that adult Sandwich Terns Thalasseus sandvicensis from the Netherlands showed prospecting behaviour in other colonies within Northwest Europe. Birds were recorded from a few kilometres to over 850km away and in different countries around the Southern North Sea. Our data suggest large-scale connectivity between Northwest European Sandwich Tern colonies. Such connectivity is potentially of great importance when modelling the population structure of this species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-571
Number of pages6
JournalBird Study
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


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