Using genetic markers to unravel the origin of birds converging towards pre-migratory sites

Maurizio Sara', Georgios Kotoulas, Marco Gustin, Dimitris Tsaparis, Kresimir Mikulic, Anastasios Bounas, Konstantinos Sotiropoulos

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Identifying patterns of individual movements in spatial and temporal scales can provide valuable insight into the structure of populations and the dynamics of communities and ecosystems. Especially for migrating birds, that can face a variety of unfavorable conditions along their journey, resolving movements of individuals across their annual cycle is necessary in order to design better targeted conservation strategies. Here, we studied the movements of a small migratory falcon, the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), by genetically assigning feathers from individuals of unknown origin that concentrate in large roosts during the pre-migratory period. Our indings suggest that birds from multiple breeding populations in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean region move towards two premigratory sites in theBalkans, some of them detouring greatly from their expected flyways, travelling more than 500 km to reach these sites and prepare for the post-nuptial migration. By identifying the origin of individuals using the pre-migratory sites, not only we provide a better understanding of the possible impact of local threats at these sites on multiple breeding populations but also inform the design of efective conservation actions for the species.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-9
Numero di pagine9
RivistaScientific Reports
Volume8
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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Sara', M., Kotoulas, G., Gustin, M., Tsaparis, D., Mikulic, K., Bounas, A., & Sotiropoulos, K. (2018). Using genetic markers to unravel the origin of birds converging towards pre-migratory sites. Scientific Reports, 8, 1-9.

Using genetic markers to unravel the origin of birds converging towards pre-migratory sites. / Sara', Maurizio; Kotoulas, Georgios; Gustin, Marco; Tsaparis, Dimitris; Mikulic, Kresimir; Bounas, Anastasios; Sotiropoulos, Konstantinos.

In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 8, 2018, pag. 1-9.

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Sara', M, Kotoulas, G, Gustin, M, Tsaparis, D, Mikulic, K, Bounas, A & Sotiropoulos, K 2018, 'Using genetic markers to unravel the origin of birds converging towards pre-migratory sites', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, pagg. 1-9.
Sara' M, Kotoulas G, Gustin M, Tsaparis D, Mikulic K, Bounas A e altri. Using genetic markers to unravel the origin of birds converging towards pre-migratory sites. Scientific Reports. 2018;8:1-9.
Sara', Maurizio ; Kotoulas, Georgios ; Gustin, Marco ; Tsaparis, Dimitris ; Mikulic, Kresimir ; Bounas, Anastasios ; Sotiropoulos, Konstantinos. / Using genetic markers to unravel the origin of birds converging towards pre-migratory sites. In: Scientific Reports. 2018 ; Vol. 8. pagg. 1-9.
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