Population size of Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus wintering in Iceland

Böðvar Þórisson, Verónica Méndez, José A. Alves, Jennifer A. Gill, Kristinn H. Skarphéðinsson, Svenja N.V. Auhage, Sölvi R. Vignisson, Guðmundur Benediktsson, Brynjúlfur Brynjólfsson, Cristian Gallo, Hafdís Sturlaugsdóttir, Páll Leifsson, Tómas Grétar Gunnarsson

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Capsule: The first ever survey of Oystercatchers wintering in Iceland found around 11 000 individuals. This is an estimated 30% of the Icelandic population, including juveniles, suggesting that approximately 26 000 Icelandic Oystercatchers migrate to western Europe in the autumn. More Oystercatchers winter in Iceland than at similar latitudes elsewhere in Europe, which may reflect the remoteness and milder winter temperatures on this oceanic island.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-278
Number of pages5
JournalBird Study
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018

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