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

ANTTI TANSKANEN, RAUNO A. YRJÖLÄ, ULRIKE BAUM, SAKARI TANSKANEN & JÖRGEN ERIKSSON 2018. How many observation days are needed to reliably describe bird migration? - download Ornis Svecica

Arne Hegemann, Pablo Alcalde Abril, Sissel Sjöberg, Rachel Muheim, Thomas Alerstam, Jan‐Åke Nilsson & Dennis Hasselquist 2018. A mimicked bacterial infection prolongs stopover duration in songbirds—but more pronounced in short‐ than long‐distance migrants Journal of Animal Ecology View online

Joshua J. Horns & Çagan H. Sekercioglu 2018. Conservation of migratory species - Current Biology

Thomas Alerstam & Johan Bäckman 2018. Ecology of animal migration - Current Biology

Katherine R. S. Snell, Bård G. Stokke, Arne Moksnes, Kasper Thorup & Frode Fossøy 2018. From Svalbard to Siberia: Passerines breeding in the High Arctic also endure the extreme cold of the Western Steppe PLOS One 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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MigrantLandbird RT @KRSSnell: Tracking vagrant songbirds to understand the mechanisms of orientation and navigation in #AvianMigration, on #Farallones #Wil
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MigrantLandbird Snapshots from Day 2 of the 27th IOC: Millions of Migrations symposium, Simeon Lisovski on mechanistic models, the…
MigrantLandbird Morning talks from the "Causes and Consequences of Partial Migration" and "Navigation from Arctic to Desert" sympos…
MigrantLandbird Snapshots from yesterday's Opening Ceremony of the 27th International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver…
MigrantLandbird Historic moment for migrant landbird research as cosmonauts are deploying #ICARUS on International Space Station. F…