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

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.

The Turtle Dove is in rapid decline, also in The Netherlands. There are various plausible causes for this unprecedented decline in most of Western Europe. Research points out the detrimental impact of our modern farmland practices. But what do our Turtle Doves encounter in their wintering quarters in Africa? And does hunting play a decisive role? Or could it even be that an outbreak of the Trichomonas disease is giving them the final blow?

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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