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Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (Radolfzell)

Research publications

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Research publications 2017
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Shrews shrink in winter and regrow in spring

October 23, 2017

The tiny mammals reduce the size of their organs in the winter and can even decrease and rebuild bones [more]

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Individuality drives collective behaviour of schooling fish

September 07, 2017

Researchers unravel the role of individual characteristics in the collective behaviour of animal groups [more]

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On the hunt: describing group predation across the animal kingdom

August 22, 2017

Researchers outline a new way to define and classify how groups of animals hunt together [more]

Research publications 2016
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“We still know far too little about bird flu”

December 31, 2016

Wolfgang Fiedler, an ornithologist at the Radolfzell Ornithological Station, pleads for more research leading to a better understanding of transmission paths [more]

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Brazilian free-tailed bat is the fastest flyer in the animal kingdom

November 09, 2016

Bats are not just skilful aviators, they can also reach record-breaking speeds [more]

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Blackbirds switch abruptly to fly-by-night behaviour at migration time

October 17, 2016

The normally diurnal birds don't need time to adjust their circadian clocks before departing for their winter habitats [more]

Research publications 2015
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Following their noses to Lake Victoria – seagulls use smells to navigate

November 24, 2015

Without their sense of smell, lesser black-backed gulls are unable to compensate for deviations from their natural migratory corridor [more]

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Gone with the wind

October 20, 2015

Migratory birds need less time to travel longer routes when they optimize for wind support. [more]

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Straw-coloured fruit bats: Ecosystem service providers and record-breaking flyers

October 14, 2015

When searching for food, African straw-coloured fruit bats cover greater distances than any other bat species studied to date [more]

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GPS transmitters can protect animals from poaching

August 07, 2015

The case of Cecil shows: with the help of satellite transmitter systems, researchers can determine the cause of death of animals almost in real time [more]

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Baboons follow the majority

July 17, 2015

In a baboon group, any member can set the direction - not just the highest-ranking animal [more]

Research publications 2014
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Observing small animals from space will soon be reality

December 03, 2014

The ambitious and globally unique ICARUS project receives funding from ROSKOSMOS [more]

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Cuckoos stay on course

January 13, 2014

On their loop migration covering thousands of kilometres to their winter quarters in Central Africa, the birds hardly deviate from their path [more]

Research publications 2013
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Just ask the animals!

October 16, 2013

Using animal behaviour data to better inform mathematical models of animal movements [more]

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Tailwind for animal migration

July 03, 2013

A computer model links migratory movements with environmental data from satellites [more]

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The rhythm of the Arctic summer

June 19, 2013

Diverse activity patterns of birds during the Arctic breeding season [more]

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City slicker or country bumpkin

June 19, 2013

City-life changes blackbird personalities

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Fast beat of the city

June 05, 2013

Blackbirds’ biological rhythms are altered in an urban setting [more]

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Simultaneous breeding and moulting reduces fitness

May 08, 2013

Brush finches fly more slowly if they are reproducing and moulting at the same time [more]

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Lunar cycle determines hunting behaviour of nocturnal gulls

March 27, 2013

Swallow-tailed gulls hunt most often under a new moon, when fish come to the surface under the cover of darkness [more]

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Magnetic pulses disrupt the magnetic sense of robins

February 21, 2013

For their first migratory flight, juvenile birds rely on their genetically inherited internal compass [more]

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Blackbirds in the spotlight

February 13, 2013

City birds that experience light at night are ready to breed earlier than their rural cousins [more]

Research publications 2012
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Galapagos tortoises are a migrating species

November 26, 2012

The large, dominant male Galapagos giant tortoises usually start their annual migration at the beginning of the dry season [more]

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Wild birds respond differently to the first long days of a year

April 24, 2012

For great tits spring does not always start at the same time [more]

Research publications 2011
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Only few seabird species contract avian malaria

December 12, 2011

Climate differences have less impact on the transmission of blood parasites than expected [more]

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Colourful boundary trespassers: burrowing parrots crossed the Andes 120,000 years ago

July 12, 2011

The different populations of the South American Burrowing Parrot originated in Chile [more]

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Bats keep separate households

March 24, 2011

The use of different environments by males and females in the parti-coloured bat makes population estimation and thereby the conservation of the species more difficult [more]

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Birds use right nostril to navigate

February 03, 2011

Pigeons are disoriented without olfactory sense [more]

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Hormones dictate breeding success in birds

January 25, 2011

Max Planck researchers can predict the number of offspring a bird will have based on its prolactin and corticosterone levels

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If many want to feed: how seabirds share their habitat

January 04, 2011

Feeding habits of diving seabirds differ spatially and temporally, both within and between species [more]

Research publications 2010
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Soaring is better than flapping

December 08, 2010

Small migrating birds also save energy as they fly [more]

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Only some like it hot

March 31, 2010

How birds from different populations react to infections in their natural environment [more]

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To the Antarctic or Brazil for new feathers

March 15, 2010

Thin-billed prions select their moulting grounds individually [more]

Research publications 2009
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We’re off then: the evolution of bat migration

November 20, 2009

Researchers reconstruct the evolution of bat migration with the aid of a mathematical model [more]

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Monarch butterflies with a heavy load

July 24, 2009

Scientists have succeeded for the first time in fitting monarch butterflies with a radio transmitter and in tracking them from an aircraft over a long distance on their flight northwards during the butterflies’ annual migration from their winter residence in Mexico [more]

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Faithful males do not bring flowers

May 19, 2009

It is only one small evolutionary step from rampant illegitimacy to virtual monogamy [more]

Research publications 2008
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Not living up to their name

May 21, 2008

Sloths in the wild sleep a lot less than previously thought [more]

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