This is a list of selected publications of our lab. Most publications are Open Access, please contact us if you would like to have a reprint!


Bowling, D.L., Gahr, J., Ancochea, P.G., Hoeschele, M., Canoine, V., Fusani, L. and Fitch, W.T., 2022. Endogenous oxytocin, cortisol, and testosterone in response to group singing. Hormones and behavior139, p.105105. DOI

Costanzo, A., Ambrosini, R., Parolini, M., Caprioli, M., Secomandi, S., Rubolini, D., Fusani, L. and Canoine, V., 2022. Telomere shortening is associated with corticosterone stress response in adult barn swallows. Current zoology68(1), pp.93-101. DOI

Cramer, J.F., Miller, E.T., Ko, M.C., Liang, Q., Cockburn, G., Nakagita, T., Cardinale, M., Fusani, L., Toda, Y. and Baldwin, M.W., 2022. A single residue confers selective loss of sugar sensing in wrynecks. Current Biology32(19), pp.4270-4278. DOI

Fuxjager, M.J., Fusani, L. and Schlinger, B.A., 2022. Physiological innovation and the evolutionary elaboration of courtship behaviour. Animal Behaviour184, pp.185-195. DOI

Krumpholz, C., Quigley, C., Ameen, K., Reuter, C., Fusani, L. and Leder, H., 2022. The effects of pitch manipulation on male ratings of female speakers and their voices. Frontiers in psychology13. DOI

Lupi, S., Morbey, Y.E., MacDougall-Shackleton, S.A., Kaiya, H., Fusani, L. and Guglielmo, C.G., 2022. Experimental ghrelin administration affects migratory behaviour in a songbird. Hormones and Behavior141, p.105139. DOI

Mitoyen, C., Quigley, C., Canoine, V., Colombo, S., Woelfl, S. and Fusani, L., 2022. Alteration of the temporal association between courtship audio and visual components affects female sexual response. Integrative Zoology. DOI

Monge, O., Dullinger, S., Fusani, L. and Schulze, C.H., 2022. Taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic bird diversity response to coffee farming intensity along an elevational gradient in Costa Rica. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment326, p.107801. DOI

Rodríguez, C., Fusani, L., Raboisson, G., Hödl, W., Ringler, E. and Canoine, V., 2022. Androgen responsiveness to simulated territorial intrusions in Allobates femoralis males: Evidence supporting the challenge hypothesis in a territorial frog. General and comparative endocrinology, p.114046. DOI

Spezie, G. and Fusani, L., 2022. Male–male associations in spotted bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus maculatus) exhibit attributes of courtship coalitions. Behavioral ecology and sociobiology76(7), pp.1-15. DOI

Spezie, G. and Fusani, L., 2022. Sneaky copulations by subordinate males suggest direct fitness benefits from male–male associations in spotted bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus maculatus). Ethology, published online. DOI

Spezie, G., Quigley, C. and Fusani, L., 2022. Learned components of courtship: A focus on postural displays, choreographies and construction abilities. Advances in the Study of Behavior, pp.43-108. Request PDF


Costanzo, A., Ambrosini, R., Parolini, M., Caprioli, M., Secomandi, S., Rubolini, D., Fusani, L. and Canoine, V., 2021. Telomere shortening is associated with corticosterone stress response in adult barn swallows. Current Zoology. DOI

Ferretti, A., Maggini, I. and Fusani, L., 2021. How to recover after sea crossing: the importance of small islands for passerines during spring migration. Ethology Ecology & Evolution, pp.1-14. DOI

Janisch, J., Perinot, E., Fusani, L. and Quigley, C., 2021. Deciphering choreographies of elaborate courtship displays of golden‐collared manakins using markerless motion capture. Ethology. DOI

Janisch, J., Mitoyen, C., Perinot, E., Spezie, G., Fusani, L. and Quigley, C., 2021. Video Recording and Analysis of Avian Movements and Behavior: Insights from Courtship Case Studies. Integrative and comparative biology61(4), pp.1378-1393. DOI

Maggini, I., Cardinale, M., Favaretto, A., Voříšek, P., Spina, F., Maoret, F., Ferri, A., Riello, S. and Fusani, L., 2021. Comparing population trend estimates of migratory birds from breeding censuses and capture data at a spring migration bottleneck. Ecology and evolution11(2), pp.967-977. DOI

Marasco, V., Sebastiano, M., Costantini, D., Pola, G. and Fusani, L., 2021. Controlled expression of the migratory phenotype affects oxidative status in birds. Journal of Experimental Biology, Early View. DOI

Mitoyen, C., Quigley, C., Boehly, T. and Fusani, L., 2021. Female behaviour is differentially associated with specific components of multimodal courtship in ring doves. Animal Behaviour173, pp.21-39. DOI

Stocker, M., Prosl, J., Vanhooland, L.C., Horn, L., Bugnyar, T., Canoine, V. and Massen, J.J., 2021. Measuring salivary mesotocin in birds-Seasonal differences in ravens’ peripheral mesotocin levels. Hormones and behavior134, p.105015. DOI


Ferretti, A., Mcwilliams, S. R., Rattenborg, N. C., Maggini, I., Cardinale, M. & Fusani, L. 2020. Energy stores, oxidative balance and sleep in migratory Garden Warblers (Sylvia borin) and Whitethroats (Sylvia communis) at a spring stopover site. Integrative Organismal Biology, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2020, obaa010. DOI

Ferretti, A., Maggini, I., Cardinale, M., & Fusani, L. 2020. Heat loss in sleeping garden warblers (Sylvia borin) during migration. Journal of Thermal Biology, Volume 94, 102772. DOI

Fusani, L. 2020. The quest for a biological concept of beauty. In: ROSSI MONTI, M. & PEĆNJAK, D. (eds.) What is Beauty? A Multidisciplinary Approach to Aesthetic Experience. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Request reprint

Janisch, J., Perinot, E. and Fusani, L., 2020. Behavioural flexibility in the courtship dance of golden-collared manakins, Manacus vitellinusAnimal Behaviour166, pp.61-71. DOI

Huber, N., Canoine, V., Cornils, J. S., Maggini, I., Cardinale, M., Ruf, T. & Fusani, L. 2020. Leukocyte coping capacity as a complementary stress metric in migrating birds. Journal of Ornithology, 161, pp.909–913. DOI

Maggini, I., Trez, M., Cardinale, M. & Fusani, L. 2020. Stopover dynamics of 12 passerine migrant species in a small Mediterranean island during spring migration. Journal of Ornithology, 161, pp.793–802. DOI

Maggini, I., Cardinale, M., Sundberg, J.H., Spina, F. and Fusani, L., 2020. Recent phenological shifts of migratory birds at a Mediterranean spring stopover site: Species wintering in the Sahel advance passage more than tropical winterers. PloS one, 15(9), p.e0239489. DOI

Marasco, V., Fusani, L., Pola, G. and Smith, S., 2020. Data on the de novo transcriptome assembly for the migratory bird, the Common quail (Coturnix coturnix). Data in Brief, 32, p.106041. DOI


Ferretti, A., Maggini, I., Lupi, S., Cardinale, M. and Fusani, L., 2019. The amount of available food affects diurnal locomotor activity in migratory songbirds during stopover. Scientific reports9(1), pp.1-9. DOI

Ferretti, A., Rattenborg, N.C., Ruf, T., McWilliams, S.R., Cardinale, M. and Fusani, L., 2019. Sleeping unsafely tucked in to conserve energy in a nocturnal migratory songbird. Current Biology29(16), pp.2766-2772. DOI

Lupi, S., Canoine, V., Pedrini, P. and Fusani, L., 2019. Temporary caging results in reduced levels of circulating melatonin in migratory robins. Journal of Experimental Biology222(24). DOI

Mitoyen, C., Quigley, C. and Fusani, L., 2019. Evolution and function of multimodal courtship displays. Ethology125(8), pp.503-515. DOI


Fusani, L., Barske, J., Natali, C., Chelazzi, G. and Ciofi, C., 2018. Relatedness within and between leks of golden-collared manakin differ between sexes and age classes. Behavioral Ecology29(6), pp.1390-1401. DOI

Monti, F., Duriez, O., Dominici, J.M., Sforzi, A., Robert, A., Fusani, L. and Grémillet, D., 2018. The price of success: integrative long‐term study reveals ecotourism impacts on a flagship species at a UNESCO site. Animal Conservation21(6), pp.448-458. DOI

Monti, F., Grémillet, D., Sforzi, A., Dominici, J.M., Bagur, R.T., Navarro, A.M., Fusani, L., Klaassen, R.H., Alerstam, T. and Duriez, O., 2018. Migration distance affects stopover use but not travel speed: contrasting patterns between long‐and short‐distance migrating ospreys. Journal of Avian Biology49(10), p.e01839. DOI

Monti, F., Grémillet, D., Sforzi, A., Sammuri, G., Dominici, J.M., Triay Bagur, R., Muñoz Navarro, A., Fusani, L. and Duriez, O., 2018. Migration and wintering strategies in vulnerable Mediterranean Osprey populations. Ibis160(3), pp.554-567. DOI


Fuxjager, M.J., Fusani, L., Goller, F., Trost, L., Ter Maat, A., Gahr, M., Chiver, I., Ligon, R.M., Chew, J. and Schlinger, B.A., 2017. Neuromuscular mechanisms of an elaborate wing display in the golden-collared manakin (Manacus vitellinus). Journal of Experimental Biology220(24), pp.4681-4688. DOI

Goymann, W., Lupi, S., Kaiya, H., Cardinale, M. and Fusani, L., 2017. Ghrelin affects stopover decisions and food intake in a long-distance migrant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences114(8), pp.1946-1951. DOI

Huber, N., Fusani, L., Ferretti, A., Mahr, K. and Canoine, V., 2017. Measuring short-term stress in birds: Comparing different endpoints of the endocrine-immune interface. Physiology & Behavior182, pp.46-53. DOI


Bodony, D.J., Day, L., Friscia, A.R., Fusani, L., Karon, A., Swenson, G.W., Wikelski, M. and Schlinger, B.A., 2016. Determination of the wingsnap sonation mechanism of the golden-collared manakin (Manacus vitellinus). Journal of Experimental Biology219(10), pp.1524-1534. DOI

Lupi, S., Goymann, W., Cardinale, M. and Fusani, L., 2016. Physiological conditions influence stopover behaviour of short-distance migratory passerines. Journal of Ornithology157(2), pp.583-589. DOI


Barske, J., Schlinger, B.A. and Fusani, L., 2015. The presence of a female influences courtship performance of male manakins. The Auk: Ornithological Advances132(3), pp.594-603. DOI

Fusani, L. and Gahr, M., 2015. Differential expression of melatonin receptor subtypes MelIa, MelIb and MelIc in relation to melatonin binding in the male songbird brain. Brain, Behavior and Evolution85(1), pp.4-14. DOI

Monti, F., Duriez, O., Arnal, V., Dominici, J.M., Sforzi, A., Fusani, L., Grémillet, D. and Montgelard, C., 2015. Being cosmopolitan: evolutionary history and phylogeography of a specialized raptor, the Osprey Pandion haliaetus. BMC Evolutionary Biology15(1), p.255. DOI

Skrip, M.M., Bauchinger, U., Goymann, W., Fusani, L., Cardinale, M., Alan, R.R. and McWilliams, S.R., 2015. Migrating songbirds on stopover prepare for, and recover from, oxidative challenges posed by long‐distance flight. Ecology and Evolution5(15), pp.3198-3209. DOI

Soldatini, C., Albores-Barajas, Y.V., Tagliavia, M., Massa, B., Fusani, L. and Canoine, V., 2015. Effects of human disturbance on cave-nesting seabirds: the case of the storm petrel. Conservation Physiology3(1). DOI


Barske, J., Fusani, L., Wikelski, M., Feng, N.Y., Santos, M. and Schlinger, B.A., 2014. Energetics of the acrobatic courtship in male golden-collared manakins (Manacus vitellinus). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences281(1776), p.20132482. DOI

Fusani, L., Barske, J., Day, L.D., Fuxjager, M.J. and Schlinger, B.A., 2014. Physiological control of elaborate male courtship: female choice for neuromuscular systems. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews46, pp.534-546. DOI

Fusani, L., Bertolucci, C., Frigato, E. and Foà, A., 2014. Cryptochrome expression in the eye of migratory birds depends on their migratory status. Journal of Experimental Biology217(6), pp.918-923. DOI

Fusani, L., Donaldson, Z., London, S.E., Fuxjager, M.J. and Schlinger, B.A., 2014. Expression of androgen receptor in the brain of a sub-oscine bird with an elaborate courtship display. Neuroscience Letters578, pp.61-65. DOI