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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Popular article from the The Auk journal: Using geolocators for migration studies in birds.

New Discoveries in Landbird Migration using Geolocators, and a Flight Plan for the Future

The Auk 130(2):211-222. 2013


Emily A. McKinnon ,1 
Kevin C. Fraser
Bridget J. M. Stutchbury
Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Ontario M3J2S5, Canada
1 E-mail: emilymck@yorku.c


One of the most read articles from the Auk journal, and a great summary of the trend in using miniaturized geolocation devices to track bird migration.

Link to pdf.

Summary Figure

Figure Legend
Since their deployment on the first migratory landbirds in 2007, geolocators have been used to track individual birds in the Palearctic-Tropical, Nearctic-Neotropic, and Austral migratory systems. Colors that frame the photographs match the colors that indicate migratory routes. One individual's spring migration is shown for each subspecies (two subspecies are shown for Purple Martin and Swainson's Thrush, and three for Northern Wheatear), except for Fork-tailed Flycatcher (yellow) and Thrush Nightingale (bright green), whose fall migrations are shown. Photo credits: Red-eyed Vireo, Wood Thrush, and Veery: Lang Elliot; Swainson's Thrush: Darren Irwin; Red-backed Shrike: Per Eckberg; Purple Martin and Fork-tailed Flycatcher: Harold Stiver; Yellow-billed Cuckoo: Karthryn Mann; Snow Bunting: Sebastien Descamps; Northern Black Swift: Steven Daly; Common Swift: Steve James; Eurasian Hoopoe, Northern Wheatear, and Thrush Nightingale: Mikkel W. Kristensen.

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