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

Kevin J. Kardynal, Douglas M. Collister & Keith A. Hobson 2018. Origins of Wilson’s Warblers migrating through southwest Canada: Adding value to banding data by using stable isotopes and genetic markers Animal Migration View online

Lykke Pedersen, Kasper Thorup & Anders P. Tøttrup 2018. Annual GPS tracking reveals unexpected wintering area in a long-distance migratory songbird Journal of Ornithology View online

Nathan B. Furey, Jonathan B. Armstrong, David A. Beauchamp & Scott G. Hinch 2018. Migratory coupling between predators and prey Nature Ecology & Evolution View online

Miriam Liedvogel & Kira Delmore 2018. (Micro)evolutionary Changes and the Evolutionary Potential of Bird Migration Bird Species View online

Mihaela Ilieva, Giuseppe Bianco & Susanne Åkesson 2018. Effect of geomagnetic field on migratory activity in a diurnal passerine migrant, the dunnock, Prunella modularis Animal Behaviour View online

Latest news

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

Deadline has been extended to 14 October!

More info and to sign up, see here

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.

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