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Flood avoidance behaviour in Brown Dippers Cinclus pallasii

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2018
Issue number1
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)179-184
Early online date4/09/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones are becoming more frequent, but efforts to understand their impact on wildlife have focused on population-level change rather than the behavioural responses of individuals. In this study, we monitored individually marked Brown Dippers Cinclus pallasii in upland Taiwanese streams in order to investigate the movements of these birds following typhoons in 2004, 2012 and 2013. Individuals moved significantly longer distances immediately after floods compared with before, and in typhoon years compared with other years. Most of these movements involved temporary displacement from a major stream to one of its tributaries, where population size and food abundance are typically lower. These results suggest that movements after flooding were not driven by food abundance but that relatively poor quality streams may provide an important refuge for birds following typhoons.

Bibliographic note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hong, S.-Y., Sharp, S. P., Chiu, M.-C., Kuo, M.-H. and Sun, Y.-H. (2018), Flood avoidance behaviour in Brown Dippers Cinclus pallasii. Ibis, 160: 179–184. doi:10.1111/ibi.12508 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ibi.12508/full This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.