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Extreme endurance flights by landbirds crossing the Pacific Ocean: Ecological corridor rather than barrier?

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Extreme endurance flights by landbirds crossing the Pacific Ocean: Ecological corridor rather than barrier?; 2009; Article; Journal; Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences; Gill, Jr. , R. E.; Tibbitts, T. L.; Douglas, D. C.; Handel, C. M.; Mulcahy, D. M.; Gottschalck, J. C.; Warnock, N.; McCaffery, B. J.; Battley, P. F.; Piersma, T.

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Mountain ranges, deserts, ice fields and oceans generally act as barriers to the movement of land-dependent animals, often profoundly shaping migration routes. We used satellite telemetry to track the southward flights of bar-tailed godwits (Limosa lapponica baueri), shorebirds whose breeding and non-breeding areas are separated by the vast central Pacific Ocean. Seven females with surgically implanted transmitters flew non-stop 8117-11680km (10153??1043 s.d.) directly across the Pacific Ocean; two males with external transmitters flew non-stop along the same corridor for 7008-7390km. Flight duration ranged from 6.0 to 9.4 days (7.8??1.3 s.d.) for birds with implants and 5.0 to 6.6 days for birds with externally attached transmitters. [...]

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doi http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-outline-3-5.html#identifier doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.1142
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