Category: Muscicapidae

Slow pace of life in tropical sedentary birds:a common-garden experiment on four stonechatpopulations from different latitudes

Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maura) Science Article 2 abstract It has been hypothesized that organisms living at different latitudes or in different environments adjust their metabolic activity to the prevailing conditions. However, do differences in energy turnover simply represent a phenotypic adaptation to the local environment, or are they genetically based? Martin Wikelski, Proc. R. Soc. […]

Gonadal status upon spring arrival in long-distance and short-distancemigrating stonechats ( Saxicola torquata)

Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maura) Science Article 1 abstract Long-distance migration is often associated with relatively short breeding seasons and a start of reproductive activities shortly after arrival. The full activation of the reproductive system from the regressed state takes, however, several weeks and must, therefore, be initiated in the winter quarters or during spring migration. […]

Magnetic cues and time of season affect fueldeposition in migratory thrush nightingales(Luscinia luscinia)

Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia) Science Article 2 abstract Bird migration requires high energy expenditure, and long-distance migrants accumulate fat for use asfuel during stopovers throughout their journey. Recent studies have shown that long-distance migratorybirds, besides accumulating fat for use as fuel, also show adaptive phenotypic flexibility in several organsduring migration. The migratory routes of many […]

Wingbeat frequency and the body drag anomaly: wind-tunnel observations on a thrush nightingale (Luscinia luscinia) and a teal (Anas crecca)

Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia) Science Article 1 abstract A teal (Anas crecca) and a thrush nightingale (Luscinia luscinia) were trained to fly in the Lund wind tunnel for periods of up to 3 and 16 h respectively. Both birds flew in steady flapping flight, with such regularity that their wingbeat frequencies could be determined by […]

Breeding success of Spotted Flycatchers Muscicapa striata in southern England – is woodland a good habitat for this species?

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) Science Article 2 abstract The UK population of the Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata has declined markedly in the last 30 years but there have been few recent studies of the species. This study examined the relationship between nest success and the predominant habitat type around Spotted Flycatcher nests in two contrasting […]