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Migratory behaviour of the great spotted cuckoo


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Starting date Flexible within the academic year 2015/2016, but recommended to start as soon as possible
Specifics This study will involve some field work (1-2 months) in the south of Spain, near the beautiful city of Granada
Migratory behaviour of the great spotted cuckoo
Migratory behaviour of the great spotted cuckoo

Project description

The study of migratory behavior in birds is nowadays a hot topic in ornithology. The use of new technology to follow birds' movements provides very valuable data about previously unknown behaviors. For the past three years, we have been studying different aspects of the movement ecology of the great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius), a brood parasite that lays its eggs in nests of different corvids. We are currently investigating: (1) the territorial behavior of this species which does not build their own nests; (2) its migratory behavior, migratory routes and wintering grounds which were not previously known; and (3) the causes of death for adult cuckoos using a new technological device that allow us to locate them in the field once they are dead.

Contact information

For more information please contact: Juan Ibáñez-Álamo

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GELIFES - Behavioural & Physiological Ecology

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