The accuracy of field sex determination in the Common Whitethroat Sylvia c. communis

Authors

  • Jonas Waldenström Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1152-4235
  • Ulf Ottosson Department of Ecology, Lund University, Swedem

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.34080/os.v10.20574

Keywords:

molecular sexing, DNA, bird ringing

Abstract

The accuracy of field sex determination of Common Whitethroats captured during spring migration in Nigeria was tested with a genetic sex determination technique. Among both age classes males were more often correctly sexed than females. In total, one out of four birds were incorrectly sexed, and the ability to sex correctly varied considerably between ringers. Hence, a cautious attitude must be held at all times towards the use of field sex assessment in Common Whitethroats.

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Published

2000-04-01

How to Cite

Waldenström, J., & Ottosson, U. (2000). The accuracy of field sex determination in the Common Whitethroat Sylvia c. communis. Ornis Svecica, 10(2), 67–70. https://doi.org/10.34080/os.v10.20574

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Research Papers

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