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‘Tele-anaesthesia’: a new approach to wild bird capture under field conditions

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Research on wild birds requires suitable techniques for the capture of target species. In this study, we tested a new technique for the capture of birds for tagging with satellite platform transmitters or GPS loggers. This technique, referred to as ‘tele-anaesthesia’, was the most appropriate tool to obtain the data needed for our studies. Seven wild White Storks Ciconia ciconia were captured using a hypodermic CO2 gas injection rifle, projecting syringes containing Xylazine. This is the first study to test this method for catching a large free-flying wild bird species under field conditions. Although the method will require appropriate licensing and veterinary supervision, it facilitates the safe and efficient capture of targeted individuals.
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hal-01356173 , version 1 (25-08-2016)

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Damien Chevallier, Olivier Dehorter, Christian Brossard, Jean-Pierre Larvol. ‘Tele-anaesthesia’: a new approach to wild bird capture under field conditions. Ringing & migration, 2016, 31, pp.77-80. ⟨10.1080/03078698.2016.1190549⟩. ⟨hal-01356173⟩
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