Holland RA, Wikelski M, Kuemmeth F, Bosque C. 2012. Oilbirds-metadata. Movebank Data Repository. https://doi.org/10.5441/001/1.35fs26kq/2
Background: Steatornis caripensis (the oilbird) is a very unusual bird. It supposedly never sees daylight, roosting in huge aggregations in caves during the day and bringing back fruit to the cave at night. As a consequence a large number of the seeds from the fruit they feed upon germinate in the cave and spoil. Methodology/Principal Findings: Here we use newly developed GPS/acceleration loggers with remote UHF readout to show that several assumptions about the behaviour of Steatornis caripensis need to be revised. On average, they spend only every 3rd day in a cave, individuals spent most days sitting quietly in trees in the rainforest where they regurgitate seeds. Conclusions/Significance: This provides new data on the extent of seed dispersal and the movement ecology of Steatornis caripensis. It suggests that Steatornis caripensis is perhaps the most important long-distance seed disperser in Neotropical forests. We also show that colony-living comes with high activity costs to individuals.
animal movement,animal tracking,GPS logger,oilbirds,seed dispersal,Steatornis caripensis,Venezuela
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  title = {Oilbirds-metadata},
  author = {Holland, RA and Wikelski, M and Kuemmeth, F and Bosque, C},
  year = {2012},
  URL = {http://dx.doi.org/10.5441/001/1.35fs26kq/2},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.35fs26kq/2},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.35fs26kq/2
T1  - Oilbirds-metadata
AU  - Holland, Richard A.
AU  - Wikelski, Martin
AU  - Kuemmeth, Franz
AU  - Bosque, Carlos
Y1  - 2012/03/15
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - GPS logger
KW  - oilbirds
KW  - seed dispersal
KW  - Steatornis caripensis
KW  - Venezuela
KW  - Steatornis caripensis
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  - http://dx.doi.org/10.5441/001/1.35fs26kq/2
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.35fs26kq/2
ER  -