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

Rien E. van Wijk, Michael Schaub, Steffen Hahn, Natalia Juárez-García-Pelayo, Björn Schäfer, Lukáš Viktora, Manuel Martín-Vivaldi, Marko Zischewski & Silke Bauer 2018. Diverse migration strategies in hoopoes (Upupa epops) lead to weak spatial but strong temporal connectivity The Science of Nature View online

Annika Aurbach, Baptiste Schmid, Felix Liechti, Ndaona Chokani, Reza Abhari 2018. Complex behaviour in complex terrain. Modelling bird migration in a high resolution wind field across mountainous terrain to simulate observed patterns Journal of Theoretical Biology View online

Rachel Muheim, Heiko Schmaljohann and Thomas Alerstam 2018. Feasibility of sun and magnetic compass mechanisms in avian long-distance migration Movement Ecology View online

Valentina Serra, Chiara Bazzocchi & Irene Di Lecce 2018. Detection of a novel bacterium of the genus Midichloria (family Midichloriaceae) in avian-borne Hyalomma marginatum ticks and their trans-Saharan migratory hosts International Journal of Health, Animal Science & Food Safety View online

Anastasios Bounas, Dimitris Tsaparis, Marco Gustin, Kresimir Mikulic, Maurizio Sarà, Georgios Kotoulas & Konstantinos Sotiropoulos 2018. Using genetic markers to unravel the origin of birds converging towards pre-migratory sites Scientific Reports 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

We are sorry to inform you that the planned EOU-MLSG satellite symposium "Landbird Migration in Different Worlds" at the IOC congress in Vancouver has been cancelled. The cancellation is due to an unexpected shift in timeslot as well as an overlap with a conflicting workshop on geolocator analyses. Instead, we encourage everyone interested, to sign up for the geolocator workshop organized by Eli Bridge, Simeon Lisovski, and Eldar Rakhimberdiev. Sign up here. The MLSG ExCo will still be present at the IOC to raise our profile.

You might have seen or heard about it elsewhere already, but Inspire4Nature is advertising 15 well-funded PhD positions including one specifically on Afro-Palearctic migrant bird declines, please find more information here

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

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MigrantLandbird RT @rienvwijk: Last paper with @Vogelwarte_scie published! #Collaboration across Europe to investigate migration strategies in #Hoopoes fin…
MigrantLandbird RT @tavimalara: @tavimalara: Increasing blood parasites prevalence of migrating passerines over the spring passage period, implys a delay i…
MigrantLandbird RT @baptischmi: First paper by PhD candiate A. Aurbach @ETH_en and @Vogelwarte_scie Many congratulations! 👏👏👏 Agent based model in high res…
MigrantLandbird RT @ostrichJAO: We are pleased to introduce the world to our new Associate Editor, Dr. Samuel Temidayo Osinubi! He is currently a postdocto…
MigrantLandbird Excited to share new #blog @taymida gives an overview of the #IntraAfrican #BirdMigration Project and highlights pr…
MigrantLandbird Day 2 at the #MLSG ExCo meeting in Scotland. Brainstorming session on the #COST proposal at @uniofstAndrews. Great…
MigrantLandbird Day 1 of #MLSG ExCo meeting in #Scotland with @carbonectrix and @taymida joining virtually discussing…
MigrantLandbird Preparing for tomorrow's ExCo meeting at @uniofstandrews #Scotland on developing #COST proposal to support #EU and…