Specimen shrinkage in Cinnamon Teal

Robert E. Wilson, Kevin G. McCracken

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Body size measurements from freshly collected birds and dried museum specimens were used to evaluate specimen shrinkage in Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera). Six of seven body measurements of female Cinnamon Teal differed significantly after specimen drying, whereas five of seven male body measurements differed. The largest amount of shrinkage was in bill height, bill width, and tarsus length. Bill length at nares showed no significant shrinkage suggesting it is a more conservative measurement than exposed culmen and, therefore, a more reliable method for accurately measuring bill length. Correction values for body size measurements are reported for future waterfowl studies combining measurements of both live birds and museum specimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)390-392
Number of pages3
JournalWilson Journal of Ornithology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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