Linking breeding and wintering ranges of a migratory songbird using stable isotopes.

@article{Rubenstein2002LinkingBA,
  title={Linking breeding and wintering ranges of a migratory songbird using stable isotopes.},
  author={Dustin R Rubenstein and Chester Chamberlain and Richard T. Holmes and Matthew. P. Ayres and Jacob R Waldbauer and Gary R Graves and Noreen Tuross},
  journal={Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={295 5557},
  pages={1062-5}
}
We used the natural abundance of stable isotopes (carbon and hydrogen) in the feathers of a neotropical migrant songbird to determine where birds from particular breeding areas spend the winter and the extent to which breeding populations mix in winter quarters. We show that most birds wintering on western Caribbean islands come from the northern portion of the species' North American breeding range, whereas those on more easterly islands are primarily from southern breeding areas. Although… CONTINUE READING
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