Flipper-bands on penguins: what is the cost of a life-long commitment?

Culik, Boris M., Wilson, Rory P. and Bannasch, Rudolf (1993) Flipper-bands on penguins: what is the cost of a life-long commitment? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 98 . pp. 209-214.

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Abstract

The individual marking of flying and flightless birds has a long history in ornithology. It is
the only technique which is cheap, simple and effective, yielding results on bird migration, age-specific annual survival and recruitment. Consequently, hundreds of thousands of birds are annually ringed worldwide. Unfortunately, researchers all too often tend to neglect problems associated with rings and tags. In Antarctic penguins, flipper bands have been used extensively by a variety of nations, and banding is an integral part of the Council for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources' (CCAMLR) monitoring programme (Standard method A4). This programme suggests that mortality in penguins wearing bands can be attributed to either (a) prey species availability, (b) predation, (c) weather conditions or (d) other. In this paper, we have attempted to quantify energetic costs associated
with wearing a flipper band. For that purpose, freshly caught Adelie penguins (n = 7) were introduced, in Antarctica, into a 21 m long still-water tunnel, where their behaviour and energy consumption were determined via observation and gas respirometry. Birds were either immediately marked with a flipper band and tested in the tunnel for ca 2 h, and then taken out and tested again after removal of the band, or vice-versa. Flipper bands significantly (ANOVA, p = 0.006) increased the power input of Adelie penguins during swimming by 24 % over the speed range of 1.4 to 2.2 m S-', from 17 W
kg-' to 21.1 W kg-' (n = 115 and 157 measurements, respectively). The implications of banding on foraging performance and sunival of penguins are discussed. Implantable passive transponders could help overcome such problems.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > Institute for Marine Science Kiel
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0171-8630
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2018 12:29
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 12:29
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/42183

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