Wake-up call from “African alarm clocks” - Hadeda Ibises

Read more about why a study on Hadeda ibises highlights the importance of understanding animals’ sensory ecology.

An Evolutionary Perspective On Moult

Read more about how Pyle et al. propose, illustrate, and discuss how moult strategies may have evolved across avian lineages.

Uniparental versus biparental incubation and embryonic development in tits

Read more about the effect of ambient temperature on embryonic development in biparental incubating black-throated tits and uniparental incubating silver-throated tits.

Migratory variation in Magellanic Penguins

Read more about the variation in the over-wintering strategy of Magellanic penguins.

The elusive and unique swimming migration of young guillemots

Read about the distinct migration paths of father–chick pairs of young guillemots in the new JAB paper by Merkel and Strøm.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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?


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