ACCIDENTAL CAPTURE OF Nyctibius griseus (Gmelin, 1789) WITH MIST NET

Fabiane Fisch, Dagoberto Port


The use of mist nets for inventories and monitoring of birds and bats is a widespread practice today. Usually this methodology is used in daytime periods for birds and during the night to catch bats. The aim of this study is to report the accidental capture of Nyctibius griseus (NYCTIBIIDAE) in mist nets, armed to monitor bats. The activities were carried out in a forest fragment, inserted in the Atlantic Forest biome, located in the city of Dois Irmãos das Missões (north of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil). On Dec. 25, 2009, the accidental capture of one  N. griseus male individual was registered. Until that time, there had been no reports on the catching of this species  using mist nets in the literature.  The authors attribute this accidental capture of N. griseus to the fact that many large beetles were also trapped on the mist nets on the same date, and considering the food habit from these birds (exclusively insectivorous), the beetles may be acting as live baits, making the accidental capture easy.

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