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Daytime sleeping behavior observed in a Black-and-white Warbler during spring stopover

Kristen M Covino
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  • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MISSISSIPPI UNITED STATES
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Published Online: 2015-03-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ami-2015-0001


Nocturnally migrating birds experience loss of sleep during the migratory period especially when undertaking long, non-stop flights. We report a field observation of daytime sleeping behavior in a Black-andwhite Warbler (Mniotilta varia) during spring migration. It is likely that this individual was compensating from sleep loss experienced during a trans-Gulf of Mexico flight. Only a few observations of daytime sleeping behavior have been reported in free-living migrants and all have been associated with long-distance flights in relation to ecological barriers.

Keywords: nocturnal migration; daytime sleep; stopover behavior


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About the article

Received: 2014-11-10

Accepted: 2015-01-20

Published Online: 2015-03-20

Citation Information: Animal Migration, Volume 2, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2084-8838, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ami-2015-0001.

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