Bird Handling and Morphometry, Dr. Wilson Novarino

 

BIRD HANDLING AND MORPHOMETRIC

WILSON NOVARINO

JURUSAN BIOLOGI FMIPA UNIVERSITAS ANDALAS

KAMPUS LIMAU MANIS, PADA, SUMATERA BARAT, INDONESIA, 25168

Wilson_n_id@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

 

Although bird studies that conducted by captured and handled has began since 1960, capturing and handling wild-bird arise as big issue in Indonesia during the epidemic of Avian Influenza (H5N1).  Since 2006 Indonesia Institute of Science (LIPI), Indonesia Ornithologist Union (IdOU) and Ministry of forestry has initiate the Indonesia Bird Banding Scheme (IBBS). This scheme recently became the authorization for bird-banding in Indonesia. IBBS has develop the standard for capturing, handling, ringing and measuring of wild-bird. Capturing and handling technique my varied depend on bird species, however, in general handling of wild-bird must be patient, gentle by controlling the bird’s head, feet, legs and wings and we should never move the appendages into unnatural positions. Experience will improve our ability on handling. Morphometric or taking bird measurement for small bird can be efficiently conducted by one person, however for the medium and large size wild-bird will more safely if conducted by two persons. Basic parameter that must be taken for wild-bird morphometric are bill, head, wing, tarsus and total length, and weight. It is also will very useful for seek the moulting and breeding activity based on presence and categorize of brood patch.