Thibault Martin, Weston M. A., Ravache A., Vidal Eric. (2020). Flight-initiation response reflects short- and long-term human visits to remote islets. Ibis, 162 (3), p. 1082-1087. ISSN 0019-1019.
Titre du document
Flight-initiation response reflects short- and long-term human visits to remote islets
Année de publication
Thibault Martin, Weston M. A., Ravache A., Vidal Eric
162 (3), p. 1082-1087 ISSN 0019-1019
The increasing use of, and visits to, isolated territories by people (especially tourists) enables the investigation of how biodiversity reacts to evolutionarily novel pressures. We explored the behavioural reaction of a breeding seabird species, the Brown NoddyAnous stolidus, to our repeated visits at two study sites in the Chesterfield Islands, a newly classified reserve in the Coral Sea Natural Park. Repeated measures of flight-initiation distances (FIDs) at three sites and over time suggest that human visitations induced both a spatial phenotypical sorting or learning of individuals and a temporal habituation. In light of the novel 'Sit and Defend' mode of avian nest defence, the study finally provides the first dataset of FIDs for this species, and highlights management opportunities that could arise from the replication of such an approach to other breeding seabirds and therefore the conservation of remote island ecosystems.
Plan de classement
Limnologie biologique / Océanographie biologique 
Sciences du monde animal 
MER DE CORAIL ; CHESTERFIELD
Fonds IRD [F B010078211]