Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

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By Samuel Temidayo Osinubi, FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology

Migration strategies within the tropics are still poorly understood as are the drivers of movement and the degree of connectivity between sites in migrant birds that have their global range and life cycle exclusively on a single continent – intra-continental migrants. On this side of the Atlantic, the plan is to establish an intra-African bird migration project.


The MLSG organised a two-day satellite symposium just before the official EOU conference earlier this year in August. We had about 70 official attendees with another 20 or so dropping in informally, particularly on the day the EOU official started. Thirty nine attendees gave presentations – short summaries of these are given below. A visual impression can be found here, more info in text below.

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Recent publications

Lykke Pedersen, Kayla Jackson, Kasper Thorup & Anders P. Tøttrup 2018. Full-year tracking suggests endogenous control of migration timing in a long-distance migratory songbird Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology View online

Flavio Monti, David Grémillet, Andrea Sforzi, Jean Marie Dominici, Rafel Triay Bagur, Antoni Muñoz Navarro, Leonida Fusani, Raymond H. G. Klaassen, Thomas Alerstam & Olivier Duriez 2018. Migration distance affects stopover use but not travel speed: Contrasting patterns between long‐ and short‐distance migrating ospreys Journal of Avian Biology View online

Alison E. Beresford, Fiona J. Sanderson, Paul F. Donald, Ian J. Burfield, Adam Butler, Juliet A. Vickery & Graeme M. Buchanan 2018. Phenology and climate change in Africa and the decline of Afro-Palearctic migratory bird populations Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation View online

Tibor Csörgő, Péter Fehérvári, Zsolt Karcza, Péter Ócsai, Andrea Harnos 2018. Exploratory analyses of migration timing and morphometrics of the Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia) Ornis Hungarica View online

Maggie P. MacPherson, Alex E. Jahn, Michael T. Murphy, Daniel H. Kim, Victor R. Cueto, Diego T. Tuero and Elliot D. Hill 2018. Follow the rain? Environmental drivers of Tyrannus migration across the New World The Auk View online

Latest news

Point Blue Conservation Science is seeking one volunteer research assistant to work on Southeast Farallon Island, 30 miles west of San Francisco, California as part of a study examining the migratory movement of parulid warblers.

Insectivorous birds consume an estimated 400-500 million tons of prey annually
The Science of Nature

By Martin Nyffeler, Çağan Şekercioğlu & Christopher Whelan

   For the first time, the predation impact of the insectivorous birds has been quantified on a global scale based on 103 (for the most part published) studies of prey consumption (kg per ha per season) of insectivorous birds in seven terrestrial biome types (i.e., tropical forests, temperate/boreal forests, tropical grasslands/savannas, temperate grasslands, croplands, deserts, and Arctic tundra).

Ten years tracking the migrations of small landbirds: Lessons learned in the golden age of bio-logging
The Auk Ornithological Advances

By Emily McKinnon and Oliver Love

Since miniature light-level geolocators were first deployed on small songbirds (2007), our understanding of migration for this group has grown exponentially. In this paper, 127 studies were reviewed that used geolocators to track small landbirds.

13 - 16 December, Gdansk, Poland

A joint conference of the "Birds as Early Warning Systems" of the Poland–South Africa collaboration project, the Migrant Landbird Study Group, and the Polish Network of Bird Ringing Stations (KSSOP) - more info here

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