Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 35.2 (2012) Pages: 333-342

Post–breeding movements and migration patterns of western populations of common quail (Coturnix coturnix): from knowledge to hunting management

Rodríguez-Teijeiro, J. D., Sardà-Palomera, F., Puigcerver, M.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2012.35.0333

Abstract

We investigated the patterns of post–breeding movements of the common quail (Coturnix coturnix) in the Iberian peninsula with the aim of describing its migratory phenology and some physiological features of individuals. This information is needed to adjust hunting seasons in an optimal way. We worked with two data–sets: a) captures made in a non–breeding site (Garraf) from August to October in 2009 and 2010; b) post–breeding recoveries of individuals ringed in Europe and recaptured in Spain between 1933 and 2005. The results showed that post–breeding movements in Garraf occur in two waves: a first wave that occurs around 10 VIII and is mainly composed of non–sexually active yearlings that do not correspond physiologically to migrants, and a second much more intense wave, which occurs around 17 IX and is mainly composed of non–sexually active migrant yearlings. The hunting season in Spain takes place mainly during the first wave, preserving the passage of migrant individuals from Spain and other European countries. Information on the post–breeding movements in other Spanish regions and other European countries where the common quail is a popular game species would improve timing between the hunting season and migration by providing more precise recommendations for hunting management.

Keywords

Hunting season, Game management, Ring recovery, Migration phenology, Iberian peninsula

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Rodríguez-Teijeiro, J. D., Sardà-Palomera, F., Puigcerver, M., 2012. Post–breeding movements and migration patterns of western populations of common quail (Coturnix coturnix): from knowledge to hunting management. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 35: 333-342, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2012.35.0333

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Reception date:

30/01/2012

Acceptation date:

10/04/2012

Publication date:

06/11/2012

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