Linking breeding and wintering grounds of neotropical migrant songbirds using stable hydrogen isotopic analysis of feathers

@article{Hobson1996LinkingBA,
  title={Linking breeding and wintering grounds of neotropical migrant songbirds using stable hydrogen isotopic analysis of feathers},
  author={Keith A. Hobson and Leonard I. Wassenaar},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1996},
  volume={109},
  pages={142-148}
}
Abstract Recent studies have shown that stable hydrogen isotope ratios (δD) in the tissues of animals often correlate with δD of local precipitation. Here we examined the relationship between δD in feathers and growing season precipitation for neotropical migrant songbirds breeding over a continent-wide isotopic gradient. δD values were determined on feathers of 140 individuals of 6 species of wild insectivorous forest songbirds (Setophaga ruticilla, Empidonax minimus, Vermivora peregrinus… 
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