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Rapid advance of spring arrival dates in long-distance migratory birds

  • Niclas Jonzén
  • Andreas Linden
  • Torbjorn Ergon
  • Endre Knudsen
  • Jan Olav Vik
  • Diego Rubolini
  • Dario Piacentini
  • Christian Brinch
  • Fernando Spina
  • Lennart Karlsson
  • Martin Stervander
  • Arne Andersson
  • Jonas Waldenström
  • Aleksi Lehikoinen
  • Erik Edvardsen
  • Rune Solvang
  • Nils Chr. Stenseth
Publishing year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 1959-1961
Publication/Series: Science
Volume: 312
Issue: 5782
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Abstract english

Several bird species have advanced the timing of their spring migration in response to recent climate change. European short-distance migrants, wintering in temperate areas, have been assumed to be more affected by change in the European climate than long-distance migrants wintering in the tropics. However, we show that tong-distance migrants have advanced their spring arrival in Scandinavia more than short-distance migrants. By analyzing a long-term data set from southern Italy, we show that long-distance migrants also pass through the Mediterranean region earlier. We argue that this may reflect a climate-driven evolutionary change in the timing of spring migration.


  • Biological Sciences


  • ISSN: 1095-9203
Arne Andersson
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