Influence of Sample Size and Sampling Design on Analysis of Avian Foraging Behavior Academic Article uri icon


  • Examined foraging behavior of the hermit Dendroica occidentalis and black-throated gray D. nigrescens warblers using both single point and sequential observational methods. Single point observations gave results similar to those of sequential observations except of the use of foraging heights and species of tree; infrequently used heights and tree species were not detected by the single point method. Making sequential observations apparently allows an observer to follow an individual bird through a wider range of activities (eg use of low heights) compared to single point observations. At least 30 individuals constitute the minimum sample necessary to analyze foraging behavior.-from Author

published proceedings

  • The Condor

author list (cited authors)

  • Morrison, M. L.

citation count

  • 75

complete list of authors

  • Morrison, Michael L

publication date

  • May 1984

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