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Transcriptome of the migratory Common quail

Our publication on the de novo brain transcriptome of the migratory Common quail is now out in its final form in Data in Brief: In this article, we developed a high quality pipeline for compiling transcriptomes of complex non-genomic species….

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Migratory Shrikes prey on other migrating songbirds during trans-Saharan crossing

Shrikes (family Laniidae) are small songbirds that are notorious for the gruesome habit of attacking, impaling and consuming vertebrates such as frogs, lizards, snakes, rodents and sometimes other songbirds. However the Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator pictured above), being among the…

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Stopover strategies of 12 passerines on Ponza

Resting and sleeping could be the main reason for stopovers

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Lean migratory songbirds move more when food is scarce

Studies with captive birds show effects of food availability on locomotor activity

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Energy reserves but not oxidative balance influence sleep

Sleep pattern associated with energy reserves but not oxidative status

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MSc projects in migratory bird physiology available for spring 2020

We are currently recruiting two MSc students for exploring physiological and behavioural aspects of bird migration in spring 2020. The project will start in February 2020 and the students’ availability for continuous fieldwork on the island of Ponza in Italy from…

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Andrea Ferretti wins prize for best talk

Best oral presentation at the meeting of the European Ornithologists’ Union

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Why birds sleep with their head tucked in

A function for sleep in migratory strategies

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Stopover Strategies in the Sahara

Migratory songbirds use diverse strategies during stopover to cross the Sahara Desert.

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Ponza 2019 started!

Fieldwork on spring migrants is ongoing in Ponza

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