About our lab

Our lab is based at the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, and at the Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna. The lab was created thanks to a special grant of…


We study several aspects of avian biology, from migration physiology to sexual selection, both in the laboratory and in the field. A unifying feature of our research is the broad approach that includes both proximate and ultimate questions. Besides long-term…

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We are accepting applications for internships, Bachelor, and Master dissertations. When available, job openings for specific projects are listed below this text, in the Blog page, and at the bottom of this page in the category ‘Jobs’. If you are…


Giovanni Spezie defended his PhD

After a few adventurous years, during which he had to face droughts, pandemics and wildfires, Giovanni eventually defended his PhD on December 6th. His contributiions on the courtship of bowerbirds and in general about the role of learning in the…

Sneaky copulations by ‘apprentices’ bowerbirds

Unknown aspects of bowerbird courtship revealed

Male ring dove perching on a window box

The importance of synchronization in courtship

The timing of vocal and visual components may influence attractiveness of multimodal signals

Cover Image for Ethology – Jan 2023

Our paper Sneaky copulations by ‘apprentices’ bowerbirds made the cover of the journal’s issue of January 2022. Nice to see our work portraited!

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Article on reduction of migratory behaviour in Der Standard

If you can read German, have a look at the most recent interview released by Wolfgang Vogl on the disappearence of migratory behaviour in many species of migratory birds that remain in Europe in winter because of climate change. https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000141778277/immer-mehr-zugvoegel-canceln-ihren-abflug-in-den-sueden?ref=article

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Sweet sap, savory ants

Woodpeckers taste sweet, but wrynecks lost the ability to taste sugars. Photo: © Charles Thomas (Macaulay Library ML180000101)

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