Estimating avian dispersal distance from data on ringed birds

David L. Thomson, Arie Van Noordwijk, Ward Hagemeijer

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Data from birds ringed as chicks and recaptured during subsequent breeding seasons provide information on avian natal dispersal distances. However, national patterns of ring reports are influenced by recapture rates as well as by dispersal rates. While an extensive methodology has been developed to study survival rates using models that correct for recapture rates, the same is not true for dispersal. Here, we present such a method, showing how corrections for spatial heterogeneity in recapture rate can be built into estimates of dispersal rates if detailed atlas data and ringing totals can be combined with extensive data on birds ringed as chicks and recaptured as breeding adults. We show how the method can be implemented in the software package SURVIV (White, 1992).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1003-1008
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Statistics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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