Body transformations, condition, and survival in Red Knots Calidris canutus travelling to breed at Alert, Ellesmere Island, Canada.

Red Knot (Calidris canutus) Science Article 11

abstract

This paper reviews the nutrient storage dynamics and body changes of Red Knots Calidris canutus islandica during migration through their final spring stopover area in Iceland and after arrival on the breeding grounds in the northeastern Canadian High Arctic at Alert. In Iceland, Knots not only accumulate large stores of fat and protein, but also undergo extensive morphological changes (increases in

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