Rise-Up mist-netting (RUM): a mobile protocol for trapping wary territorial birds


  • Paulo Sérgio Amorim Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Instituto de Ciências Biológicas (ICB), Departamento de Zoologia (DEPZOO), Laboratório de Ecologia Comportamental e Ornitologia (LECO), Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Biológicas (Zoologia) – Comportamento e Biologia Animal (PPGCB-CBA) http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4979-8589
  • Mariana Fonseca Rossi Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Instituto de Ciências Biológicas (ICB), Departamento de Zoologia (DEPZOO), Laboratório de Protozoologia (LABPROTO) http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7573-5544
  • André de Camargo Guaraldo Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Instituto de Ciências Biológicas (ICB), Departamento de Zoologia (DEPZOO), Laboratório de Ecologia Comportamental e Ornitologia (LECO) http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1705-2926




Bird banding, Bird capture, Mist net, Targeted trapping, Urban ornithology


Many bird species avoid traditional traps such as mist nets, thus alternative trapping methods are often needed. The Rufous Hornero (Furnariidae: Furnarius rufus) is one such species that was captured so far using conventional mist netting in rural areas or using nest-targeted traps, which risk nest damage and abandonment. Here we describe the novel rise-up mist-netting (RUM) protocol and its catchability for the wary and territorial Rufous Hornero in an urban area. The RUM trap allowed us quickly capturing 40 Rufous Hornero individuals even in paved parking lots and streets during the bird’s breeding period. The RUM is an active and targeted protocol that demands a single and quickly trainable field assistant. Therefore, it should also enable the capture of many understudied territorial but wary species. Moreover, it has enough mobility to fit studies in urban areas, and whenever researchers may deal with limited space and, at the same time, should reduce negative visual impacts to the general public of birds’ capturing and banding procedures.


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How to Cite

Amorim, P. S., Rossi, M. F., & Guaraldo, A. de C. (2021). Rise-Up mist-netting (RUM): a mobile protocol for trapping wary territorial birds. Papéis Avulsos De Zoologia, 61, e20216110. https://doi.org/10.11606/1807-0205/2021.61.10



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