Austrian Ornithological Centre (AOC)

A nuthatch (Sitta europaea) is released after being ringed. (Photo K. Svadlenak/ Vetmeduni Vienna)
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The Austrian Ornithological Centre (AOC) is a scientific institution dedicated to basic and applied research on birds. Its aim is to further deepen knowledge about the behaviour, physiology and ecology of birds. The AOC supports the activities of other institutions, scientists and interested persons in order to improve the living conditions of all bird species in Austria and other countries, and to ensure their continued existence.

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The migration of Austrian blackcaps decoded

Blackcap equipped with a geolocator. Photo: W. Vogl/Vetmeduni Vienna
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The blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) is one of the most common songbird species in Europe - and also in Austria. In their area of ​​distribution, the small birds show a variety of different migration strategies. Ivan Maggini and Wolfgang Vogl, experts from the Austrian Ornithological Centre (Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Vetmeduni Vienna), examined these migration strategies in cooperation with colleagues from Germany (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön) using geolocators, which were attached to the backs of birds. During the study, the researchers found that some blackcap populations over-winter in the UK. It seems that blackcaps discovered the more favorable climatic conditions in Great Britain very quickly and adapted their migration behavior accordingly within a short period of time.

According to Maggini and Vogl, this study shows how the common blackcap helps to understand the flexibility and adaptability of migrating bird species to rapidly changing environmental conditions.

The article “Individual variability and versatility in an eco-evolutionary model of avian migration 4” by Delmore K. et al. was published inProceedings of the Royal Society B veröffentlicht.

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