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Orientation of vagrant birds on the Faroe Islands in the Atlantic Ocean

Thorup, Kasper; Ortvad, Troels Eske; Holland, Richard A.; Rabøl, Jørgen; Kristensen, Mikkel Willemoes LU and Wikelski, Martin (2012) In Journal of Ornithology 153(4). p.1261-1265
Abstract

Migratory birds are frequently found far outside their normal range but the phenomenon is poorly understood. We used radio telemetry to track individual migratory flights of several species of songbirds on the Faroe Islands, far west of their normal migration route. Birds with expected easterly and south-easterly migration direction departed westwards out over the Atlantic Ocean, indicating that these birds are actively flying in the "wrong" direction and that their occurrence is not caused by wind drift. This is in contrast to the apparently normal south-westerly to easterly departure directions in birds expected to migrate south or southwest.

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Migration, Orientation and navigation, Songbirds, Vagrancy
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Journal of Ornithology
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153
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4
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5 pages
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Springer
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  • scopus:84866469382
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0021-8375
DOI
10.1007/s10336-012-0883-6
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English
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  abstract     = {<p>Migratory birds are frequently found far outside their normal range but the phenomenon is poorly understood. We used radio telemetry to track individual migratory flights of several species of songbirds on the Faroe Islands, far west of their normal migration route. Birds with expected easterly and south-easterly migration direction departed westwards out over the Atlantic Ocean, indicating that these birds are actively flying in the "wrong" direction and that their occurrence is not caused by wind drift. This is in contrast to the apparently normal south-westerly to easterly departure directions in birds expected to migrate south or southwest.</p>},
  author       = {Thorup, Kasper and Ortvad, Troels Eske and Holland, Richard A. and Rabøl, Jørgen and Kristensen, Mikkel Willemoes and Wikelski, Martin},
  issn         = {0021-8375},
  keyword      = {Migration,Orientation and navigation,Songbirds,Vagrancy},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {1261--1265},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Journal of Ornithology},
  title        = {Orientation of vagrant birds on the Faroe Islands in the Atlantic Ocean},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-012-0883-6},
  volume       = {153},
  year         = {2012},
}