Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

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Following up on the successful MLSG symposia at EOU2015 in Badajoz and PAOC2016 in Dakar, we are ready for another dose of inspiring community-building preceding EOU2017 in Turku from August 17th-18th.

In support of the upcoming Pan-African Ornithological Congress (16-21 October, PAOC), the current issue of Journal of African Ecology can be freely accessed by following the next steps:

We are deeply honoured and very pleased to announce that Professor Ian Newton OBE FRS FRSE has agreed to take up the role as President of the MLSG. In his own words:

Latest blog entries

At the age of twelve I developed a profound interest in the ecology of European Nightjars (Caprimulgus europaeus), and I promised myself to study these mysterious birds as I grew older. Another twelve years later I was very fortunate to write my master thesis on the foraging behaviour of nightjars at KULeuven. In 2014, I was granted a PhD-candidate position at Hasselt University which allowed me to continue my work on the life of these crepuscular birds.

Hakan Karaardic from Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University in Turkey provides insight into three studies he is engaged in. Please read on to learn about the Alpine Swift geolocator project, how to sort out the subspecies of Barn Swallow in Turkey and ringing birds with students and their teachers. Migration is the linking pin.

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Update on Publications in 2017

Herewith a list, in alphabetical order, of papers on migrant landbirds that have been published in 2017 roughly from spring until now (medio October):


Agostini N, Panuccio M, Pastorino A, et al (2017) Migration of the Western Marsh Harrier to the African wintering quarters along the Central Mediterranean flyway: a 5-year study. Avian Res 8:24. doi: 10.1186/s40657-017-0081-6

Åkesson S, Bianco G (2017) Route simulations, compass mechanisms and long-distance migration flights in birds. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sensory, Neural, Behav Physiol 203:475–490. doi: 10.1007/s00359-017-1171-y

Bennett RE, Barker Swarthout S, Bolsinger JS, et al (2017) Extreme genetic similarity does not predict non-breeding distribution of two closely related warblers. J F Ornithol 88:156–168. doi: 10.1111/jofo.12195

Blackburn E, Burgess M, Freeman B, et al (2017) Low and annually variable migratory connectivity in a long-distance migrant: Whinchats Saxicola rubetra may show a bet-hedging strategy. Ibis (Lond 1859) 159:902–918. doi: 10.1111/ibi.12509

Boelman NT, Krause JS, Sweet SK, et al (2017) Extreme spring conditions in the Arctic delay spring phenology of long-distance migratory songbirds. Oecologia 185:1–12. doi: 10.1007/s00442-017-3907-3

Brown MJ, Taylor PD (2017) Migratory blackpoll warblers (Setophaga striata) make regional-scale movements that are not oriented toward their migratory goal during fall. Mov Ecol. doi: 10.1007/s00442-004-1813-y

Buij R, Gschweng M (2017) Nocturnal Hunting by Eleonora’s Falcons Falco eleonorae on Their Breeding and Non-Breeding Grounds. Acta Ornithol 52:35–49. doi: 10.3161/00016454AO2017.52.1.004

Yismaw Alemayehu, Kiros Welegerima & Yonas Meheretu 2017. Importance of Lake Ashenge, a Small Important Bird Area in Northern Ethiopia, to Palaearctic and Other Migratory Birds African Journal of Wildlife Research View online

Adrian I. Rus, Adam E. Duerr, Tricia A. Miller, James R. Belthoff and Todd E. Katzner 2017. Counterintuitive roles of experience and weather on migratory performance The Auk View online

MigrantLandbird Catching up on #BOU17TC https://t.co/ATT9fgWIka Important @VojtechBrlik meta-analysis of geolocator effects https://t.co/AIxIDgOEga
MigrantLandbird Catching up on #BOU17TC https://t.co/ATT9fgWIka Great #Twitter #ornithology conference @IBIS_journal when's the next one?
MigrantLandbird After a long silence, please find a list of new publications on migrant landbirds of the past months (75!) here: https://t.co/dmARGJgQIU
MigrantLandbird RT @animaltracking: See How Human Activity Is Changing Animal Migration Patterns https://t.co/v5L8AfrYIm via @WIRED
MigrantLandbird Incredible amount of tracking data from East Asia with huge potential for advancing understanding of this poorly st… https://t.co/zqZSXF2DTr
MigrantLandbird RT @DrLucyHawkes: @HedenstrmAnders - a swift flying to 2000 metres would have about 47 mins of passive glide time - enough for a nap! #BLS6
MigrantLandbird RT @MigConnectivity: Impressive East Asia Flyway Partnership tracks 35 #bird species, 1000 ind's, delivers conservation solutions for threa…
MigrantLandbird RT @RSPBScience: Take part of the first ever general #ornithology Twitter Conference #BOU17TC [deadline 30 September 2017] https://t.co/usY