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Passerine Migration

Chris Merkord
  • Stopovers and Flight Nikita Chernetsov Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012 Berlin Germany http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783642290190

    184 pages

    English 04/18/2012 3642290191 9783642290190 05/08/2014 3642433286 9783642433283 04/18/2012 9783-642290206 10.1007/978-3-642-29020-6

This monograph is the first attempt to summarize and critically review the vast literature on stopover ecology and behaviour of songbirds.


Most birds cannot cover the distance between their breeding and winter quarters in one hop. They have to make multiple flights alternated with stopovers. Which factors govern the birds’ decisions to stop, to stop for how long, when to resume flight? What is better – to accumulate much fuel and to make long flights for many hundreds of kilometres, or to travel in small steps? Is it necessary to find habitats similar to the breeding ones or other habitats would do? Are long migratory flights indeed so costly energetically as usually assumed? This monograph summarizes our current knowledge on the ecology of songbird migrants during migratory stopovers and on their behaviour.​

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