Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Garden birds at Rangiora, Christchurch, and Kaikōura, South Island, New Zealand: results from banding 1961–2016

TitleGarden birds at Rangiora, Christchurch, and Kaikōura, South Island, New Zealand: results from banding 1961–2016
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsRowe, LK
JournalNotornis
Volume68
Issue3
Pagination208-223
Type of ArticleFull article
Keywordsbanding, measurements, passerines, recoveries, resightings
Abstract

 

Birds were banded in gardens at Rangiora 1961–1977, Christchurch 1977–2000, and Kaikōura 2000–2016. In total, 21,565 birds of 14 species were captured in mist-nets or traps and banded; 3,213 individuals were recovered or recaptured. The most common species banded was silvereye (Zosterops lateralis lateralis) with 15,349, followed by house sparrow (Passer domesticus domesticus) with 4,497, and common starling (Sturnus vulgaris vulgaris) with 430; all other species were less than 300 birds banded which is less than five birds per year. Distance recoveries of note are: silvereyes - Kaikōura to Wellington (153.0 km), Rangiora to Greymouth (146.0 km), Rangiora to Otira (99.0 km), with two more birds over 25.0 km; house sparrow - Christchurch to Homebush (43.5 km), with two more over 25.0 km; common starling - Rangiora to Christchurch (27.8 km); dunnock (Prunella modularis) - local movement (5.1 km). The most significant recoveries from time of banding to recovery are: silvereye - 8.8 years; house sparrow - 8.7 years; starling - 8.0 years; dunnock - 5.3 years. Wing length and mass measurements of Kaikōura birds were generally within published ranges.

 

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