The unexplored benefits of just hanging out in a social hotspot

A short blogpost by Simon Griffith about the recent article by Loning et al on the use of social hotspots by zebra finches.

Hello there...Jan-Åke Nilsson

Taking the pulse of Jan-Åke Nilsson. Read the short interview with our Editor-in-Chief.

Welcome Kristal Cain - NEW SE

Welcome our new subject editor from New Zealand: Kristal Cain! Kristal is an integrative organismal biologist with interests in behaviour, sex differences, hormones, vocal learning and sleep.

July/August Cover

The July/August cover features a Bermuda white-eyed vireo Vireo griseus bermudianus from Mejías and Wilson (2023): 'The relationships of breeding stage to daytime singing behaviour and song perch height in Bermuda white-eyed vireos Vireo griseus bermudianus'.

Welcome Sheela Turbek - new SE

The JAB Editorial Board is happy to welcome Sheela Turbek as a new subjector editor! Sheelas expertise lies at the interface between genomics, migration, environmental change and conservation.

Welcome Yali Si - new SE

The JAB Editorial Board is happy to welcome Yali Si as a new subjector editor! Yali will complement the board's expertise in spatial ecology, global environmental change and spatial epidemiology.

Welcome Elisa Bonaccorso - new SE

We are thrilled to introduce Elisa Bonaccorso as a new subject editor at Journal of Avian Biology! Elisa joined the editorial board in December 2022 and she brings valuable expertise about biogeography and phylogenetics/systematics of neotropical birds to the board.

January/February cover

New year, new covers! The first issue of 2023 features a group of common guillemots on the Treshnish Isles, Scotland.

Gone with the wind – fidelity to migratory paths and patterns of wind compensation during migration in adult ospreys

A new paper by Bernd Meyburg and Daniel Holte shows that adult ospreys demonstrate high fidelity to migratory paths in autumn and spring, as well as to the timing of migration in autumn; and sidewinds are predominantly compensated, especially when sidewinds are strong.

New article category – Mini-Reviews!

Journal of Avian Biology is delighted to announce the introduction of a new article category: Mini-Reviews.

Cover December 2022

We at Journal of Avian Biology wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and are glad to share the Nov/Dec issue cover featuring the artwork by Joshua LaPergola, a portrait of a black catbird.

Hot weather leads to unwanted weight loss in young Rockjumpers

In this study, we examined whether population declines in the Cape Rockjumper were caused by decreased provisioning rates at higher temperatures, leading to smaller nestlings and thus lower fledging or post...

Linking foraging and breeding strategies in tropical seabirds

In this study we challenged the widespread view that tropical seabirds forage more unpredictably than temperate and polar species, and we tested the hypothesis that the foraging behaviour of a species...

Ring Ouzels don't like it hot

As specialists of temperate mountain ecosystems in Europe, Ring Ouzels Turdus torquatus are expected to be particularly vulnerable to climate change. However, the underlying mechanisms by which drier and warmer...

An assay to investigate initial orientation in nocturnally fledging seabirds

Shearwaters and petrels are some of the worlds greatest travellers. The migration of adult Manx shearwaters has been documented by use of small biologging devices. It showed that those seabirds fly from UK, across the globe...

A water rail tale with an unexpected twist

The elusive and secretive habits of water rails make them challenging for ecologists to follow. Until recently, little was therefore known about movements in the species. In the current study, modern tracking technology proved...

Transparent Peer Review

We are very happy to announce that Journal of Avian Biology is participating in a pilot on transparent peer review.

House finches add cigarette butts to their nests to avoid ectoparasites

House finches in Mexico City break down cigarette butts and use them to line their nests. This may be a response to tick infestation, as these blood sucking parasites are repelled by substances such as the nicotine contained in the discarded butts, but can we be certain?

Smithsonian scientists track endangered bird through its annual cycle

To fully know a species and develop sound conservation efforts, its full life cycle must be understood. But tracking small migratory birds for thousands of miles has proven challenging, if not impossible, in the past. However, using new and minute technology...

Avian malaria affects lekking behaviour of blue-crowned manakins

This research shows the effects of avian malaria, caused by the infection of protozoans of the genus Plasmodium on the social behavior of Blue-crowned manakins. The birds of this species are well-known for holding exhibitions of dances to females during...


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