Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

Latest news

After a hugely successful main conference on Avian Tracking in 2015, the BOU will be revisiting the topic in their 1-day autumn 2016 conference in Peterborough.

The scientific committee of the Pan African Ornithological Congress invites proposals for oral and poster presentations at the 14th congress. The deadline for submissions is 3rd April 2016.

As the song goes, ‘it’s the most wonderful time of the year’. A happy yuletide greeting to you all! The end of the year offers a chance to look back and take in the moments. In that heart of looking back and sharing the moments of 2015, we are launching a MLSG Xmas Photo Share campaign on Twitter.

The African Journal of Ecology will publish a bird-themed issue in 2016 in support of the upcoming Pan-African Ornithological Congress held in October 2016. You are encouraged to submit bird-themed papers to the African Journal of Ecology within the next few months.

Latest blog entries

Knowledge about the distribution of bird species in Nigeria has historically been presented in detailed checklists such as “The Birds of Nigeria” by Elgood et al. (1993), "Birds of Africa" etc. However, over the last 50 and especially during the last 20-30 years, the environment in Nigeria has gone through great changes mainly due to increase in the human population. This has increased the pressure on birds and other biodiversity and has certainly also impacted the distribution of the country's avifauna. A more recent and updated assessment of the distribution of the country's biodiversity is thus not only important but also very urgently needed.

Why are so many migratory birds spending the European Winter in the belt just south of the Sahara, a drought-stricken zone? While anywhere further south wintering conditions seem to be much better? It took eight years (2007-2015), 2000 plots to walk and 308,000 trees to check exhaustively for birds, to shed some light on this question, known as Moreau’s paradox. Recently we published the results in Ardea 103.

Recent publications

Mikkel Willemoes, Julio Blas, Martin Wikelski & Kasper Thorup 2015. Flexible navigation response in common cuckoos Cuculus canorus displaced experimentally during migration Scientific Reports View online

Lislevand Terje, Chutný Bohumír, Byrkjedal Ingvar, Pavel Václav, Briedis Martins, Adamik Peter & Hahn Steffen 2015. Red-spotted Bluethroats Luscinia s. svecica migrate along the Indo-European flyway: a geolocator study Bird Study View online

Bussière EMS, Underhill LG, Altwegg R. 2015. Patterns of bird migration phenology in South Africa suggest northern hemisphere climate as the most consistent driver of change. Global Change Biology 21:2179–90 View online

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