Spring arrival timing varies between the groups of Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) differing in wing length

Agnieszka Ożarowska , Grzegorz Zaniewicz , Włodzimierz Meissner


We studied the advancement of the spring migration in a 28-year period in two groups of blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) differing in wing length, which is known to be a proxy for migration distance. We related this advancement to the numbers of captured blackcaps. Short-winged birds (short-distance blackcaps), in the period preceding their increase in numbers (1982–1989), advanced their spring passage more and arrived 5 days earlier at their stop-over site than long-winged individuals (long-distance blackcaps). In the second period (1994–2009) characterised by a marked increase in numbers of blackcaps, advancement of spring migration was less pronounced and in this period all blackcaps arrived at the stop-over site at the same time. We suggest that the difference in the magnitude of the response of short- and long-winged birds resembles that found between short- and long-distance migrants. Shorter distance to the breeding grounds and earlier departure from their European wintering grounds may strongly affect spring migration phenology of the former group.
Author Agnieszka Ożarowska (FB / DVEZ)
Agnieszka Ożarowska,,
- Department of Vertebrate Ecology and Zoology
, Grzegorz Zaniewicz (FB / DVEZ)
Grzegorz Zaniewicz,,
- Department of Vertebrate Ecology and Zoology
, Włodzimierz Meissner (FB / DVEZ)
Włodzimierz Meissner,,
- Department of Vertebrate Ecology and Zoology
Journal seriesAnnales Zoologici Fennici, ISSN 0003-455X, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
ASJC Classification2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation; 1103 Animal Science and Zoology; 2303 Ecology; 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)25
ScoreMinisterial score = 25.0, 30-09-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.58; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 0.732 (2) - 2017=0.93 (5)
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