Translocation experiment at Thousand Island Lake

2018 January
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta

In January, 2018 we did some exploratory fieldwork in Thousand Island Lake, Zhejiang Province, one of Chinese’s premier studies of habitat fragmentation. Eben Goodale, Demeng Jiang, Salindra Dayananda and Estelle Meaux tested successfully whether the Grey-cheeked Fulvetta (shown here with a radiotransmitter on its back), the leading species of mixed-species flocks in the area, could be moved to a new island. In the future, we hope this system could be used to measure how important leading species are to other flock participants.