The accuracy of field sex determination in the Common Whitethroat Sylvia c. communis
Keywords:molecular sexing, DNA, bird ringing
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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