Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Foraging behavior of Northern Bobwhite in relation to resource availability
by Miller, Ryan Spencer, M.S., Mississippi State University, 2011, 99; 1497273
Abstract (Summary)

The Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) is a popular game bird that inhabits pine grasslands throughout the Southeast. This study used experimental manipulation of food resources to investigate how resource availability influenced foraging behavior and space use of bobwhite in a southern pine-grassland forest system.

Radio marked bobwhite were monitored to determine daily space use, movements, and daily and seasonal ranges. I observed no difference in daily ( P = 0.06) or seasonal home range size (P = 0.55) between feeding treatments. However, dispersion in daily locations of radio-marked bobwhite differed among feed levels (P < 0.001). </p>

I assessed effects of food availability on diet and total body lipids of birds harvested from each treatment during February. Although bobwhite extensively utilized supplemental feed when available, energy value of pre-roosting crop contents did not differ among treatments (P = 0.41), but total body lipids differed between feed treatments and years ( P < 0.001).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Burger, Wes
Commitee: Palmer, William E., Wang, Guiming
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Wildlife and Fisheries
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Wildlife Management
Publication Number: 1497273
ISBN: 978-1-124-80059-2
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