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Moult in captive partially migratory and sedentary Australian silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis) (Zosteropidae)
- Munro, Ursula, Funnell, Julie R., Thomson, Audrey S.
- Journal für Ornithologie 2006 v.147 no.2 pp. 287-297
- Zosterops, feathers, migratory behavior, migratory birds, molting, population, tail
- In this study, we describe and compare the duration and timing of post-breeding moult of primary and secondary wing feathers, tail feathers, wing coverts and body feathers in captive partially migratory and non-migratory Australian silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis). This study allowed us to follow individual birds through the course of their moult and record the progression of moult in two populations. Both groups of birds underwent a conventional (or basic) post-breeding moult. While all birds followed a similar pattern of feather replacement, differences were found in the timing and duration of moult between migratory and non-migratory birds. The migratory birds generally started their moult earlier in the year and completed it before the non-migratory birds. The migratory birds revealed an overall uniformity in the timing and duration of their moult, while the non-migratory birds showed a greater degree of variability between individuals.