Study

Return rates of aluminum versus plastic leg bands from electrocuted Harris’s hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus)

  • Published source details Dwyer J.F. & Mannan R.W. (2009) Return rates of aluminum versus plastic leg bands from electrocuted Harris’s hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus). The Journal of Raptor Research, 43, 152-154

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Reduce electrocutions by using plastic, not aluminium, leg rings to mark birds

Action Link
Bird Conservation
  1. Reduce electrocutions by using plastic, not aluminium, leg rings to mark birds

    A replicated, controlled study in Tucson, Arizona, USA (Dwyer & Mannan 2009), found that electrocution rates for 38 Harris’s hawks Parabuteo unicinctus marked with plastic leg bands were no lower than for 41 birds marked with aluminium bands. In addition, there were no signs of burning/electrocution close to the rings on dead birds’ legs.

     

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