Growth of Little Stint Calidris minuta chicks on the Taimyr Peninsula, Siberia
Source: Bird Study, Volume 45, Number 1, 1 March 1998 , pp. 77-84(8)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd
Growth of mass and linear body dimensions (bill, tarsus and wing length) was studied in the Little Stint Calidris minuta at several locations on the Taimyr Peninsula, Siberia (73°76°N) in 198394. Little Stints fledged at near-adult body mass, at 15 days of age. Growth followed an S-shaped pattern which was best described mathematically by a logistic curve. Curves of this type showed that growth was similar between study sites and years, although there were differences in mass development during the first days after hatching, perhaps related to weather conditions. When the logistic growth curve was used, KL (the standard measure of maximum growth rate) was 0.285. Conversion of this parameter to another S-shaped curve, the Gompertz curve which has been widely used to describe wader chick growth, yields KG = 0.194. This is higher than predicted from an allometric relationship based on 15 other precocial wader species, and might be related to the Little Stint's high latitude breeding range.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Institute for Forestry and Nature Research, PO Box 23, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands / Zoological Laboratory, University of Groningen, PO Box 14, 9750 AA Haren, The Netherlands / Foundation Working Group International Waterbird and Wetland Research (WIWO), Zeist, The Netherlands 2: Forschungs- und Technologiezentrum Westküste der Universität Kiel, Hafentörn, D 25761 Büsum, Germany 3: Department of Ornithology, Zoological Museum, Bolshaya Nikitskaya St. 6, 103009 Moscow, Russian Federation 4: Ornithological Station, Institute of Ecology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Nadwislanska 108, 80-680 Gdansk, Poland 5: Department of Vertebrate Zoology and General Ecology, Biological Faculty, Moscow State University, Moscow 119899, Russian Federation 6: Foundation Working Group International Waterbird and Wetland Research (WIWO), c/o Driebergseweg 16c, 3708 JB Zeist, The Netherlands
Publication date: 1998-03-01