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Kristina L Paxton

Our knowledge of avian behaviors during the non-breeding period still lags behind that of the breeding season, but the last decade has witnessed a proliferation in research that has yielded significant progress in understanding migration patterns of North American birds. And, although the great majority of migration research has historically been conducted in the eastern half of the continent, there has been much recent progress on aspects of avian migration in the West. In particular, expanded use of techniques such as radar, plasma metabolites, mist-netting, count surveys, stable isotopes, genetic data, and animal tracking, coupled with an increase in multi-investigator collaborations, have all contributed to...
Blood and feathers were collected from Hawaii forest birds (Apapane and Hawaii Amakihi) in high elevation forest to assess evidence for altitudinal movement. Feathers, red blood cells and plasma were analyzed for hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen stable isotope ratios, and these were used to infer changes in elevation and diet over time. For each species, at one of 3 sites, isotope values from one or more tissues and isotopes are listed.
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