Tag: Anas penelope

Variation of pecking rate with sward height in wild wigeon Anas penelope

Wigeon (Anas penelope) Science Article 2 abstract We examined how pecking rate changed with sward height in wintering European wigeon Anas penelope in a nature reserve of the French Atlantic coast. Pecking rates were recorded as the time taken to perform 10 or 50 pecks. We found a negative correlation between pecking rate and sward […]

Feeding behaviour of breeding Wigeon Anas penelope in relation to seasonal emergence and swarming behaviour of chironomids.

Wigeon (Anas penelope) Science Article 3 abstract Emergence of chironomids started in mid-April, and reached a peak at the end of April and in the beginning of May. Most ‘spring’ chironomids emerged around noon, whereas the majority of chironomids emerging later in the season, appeared at night. In general, there was a positive correlation between […]

Constraints of feeding on Salicornia ramosissimaby wigeonAnas penelope: an experimental approach

Wigeon (Anas penelope) Science Article 1 abstract The coastal marshes of the Charente-Maritime (western France) are a major wintering area for wigeon Anas penelope. In these marshes, wigeon feed mainly on grasses, while foraging on Salicornia (a .eshy, succulent halophyte) is uncommon. In order to understand the reason for this under-exploitation, an experimental study was […]