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

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, October 2008
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Title
Extreme endurance flights by landbirds crossing the Pacific Ocean: ecological corridor rather than barrier?
Published in
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, October 2008
DOI 10.1098/rspb.2008.1142
Pubmed ID
Authors

Robert E Gill, T. Lee Tibbitts, David C Douglas, Colleen M Handel, Daniel M Mulcahy, Jon C Gottschalck, Nils Warnock, Brian J McCaffery, Philip F Battley, Theunis Piersma

Abstract

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 8,117-11,680 km (10153+/-1043 s.d.) directly across the Pacific Ocean; two males with external transmitters flew non-stop along the same corridor for 7,008-7,390 km. 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. These extraordinary non-stop flights establish new extremes for avian flight performance, have profound implications for understanding the physiological capabilities of vertebrates and how birds navigate, and challenge current physiological paradigms on topics such as sleep, dehydration and phenotypic flexibility. Predicted changes in climatic systems may affect survival rates if weather conditions at their departure hub or along the migration corridor should change. We propose that this transoceanic route may function as an ecological corridor rather than a barrier, providing a wind-assisted passage relatively free of pathogens and predators.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 12 3%
United Kingdom 6 2%
Mexico 3 <1%
Sweden 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Czechia 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Other 11 3%
Unknown 307 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 81 23%
Researcher 80 23%
Student > Master 57 16%
Student > Bachelor 34 10%
Unspecified 24 7%
Other 71 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 237 68%
Environmental Science 49 14%
Unspecified 29 8%
Engineering 8 2%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 4 1%
Other 20 6%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 207. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 February 2019.
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#270
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#2
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