High variation reduces the value of feather stable isotope ratios in identifying new wintering areas for aquatic warblers Acrocephalus paludicola in West Africa

@inproceedings{Oppel2011HighVR,
  title={High variation reduces the value of feather stable isotope ratios in identifying new wintering areas for aquatic warblers Acrocephalus paludicola in West Africa},
  author={Steffen Oppel and Deborah J Pain and Jeremy A. Lindsell and Lars Lachmann and Ibrahima Diop and Cosima Tegetmeyer and Paul F. Donald and Guy Q. A. Anderson and Christopher G. R. Bowden and Franziska Tanneberger and Martin Flade},
  year={2011}
}
Stable isotope analysis of feathers can be useful in the study of seasonal interactions and migratory connectivity in birds. For the PalaearcticAfrican migration system, however, the lack of isotope data from feathers of known origin in Africa renders the geographic assignment of birds captured on European breeding grounds to potential wintering areas problematic. Rectrices of the threatened aquatic warbler Acrocephalus paludicola grown in Africa were sampled across six European countries to… CONTINUE READING

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