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Uncovered: The engangered European roller's route between Africa and Europe


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Its blue and brown-coloured plumage is undoubtedly the most distinctive feature of the European roller, a threatened migratory bird. Up until now, little was known about this bird's migration patterns and wintering. For the first time, scientists from nine countries reveal the routes between Europe and southern Africa taken by a considerable percentage of this species, which is currently in a fragile state of population. Researchers have been able to uncover this information with the help of geolocators and satellite transmissions.

 

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