Age-related changes in wing-length and body mass in the reed warbler acrocephalus scirpaceus and clamorous reed warbler a. Stentoreus

Koby Merom, Robin Mc Cleery, Yoram Yom-Tov

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Abstract

We studied the wing-length and body mass of the two populations of Reed Warblers (summer breeders and transients), and that of the resident Clamorous Reed Warbler, which exist in Israel. We found that, in all three groups, wing-length increases significantly with age for several years. Body mass also increased slightly (but significantly) with age. These differences were not caused by differential survival of juveniles, but appear to be a general phenomenon, possibly related to better nutrition of the adults. The autumn migration of transient Reed Warblers lasted from August until November, but no adults were captured during October and November, while 29.3% of the first-year birds were captured during these months. This suggests that adults can afford to start migration earlier, perhaps due to their greater experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-255
Number of pages7
JournalBird Study
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 1999

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