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Migration, stopover and moult of the great reed warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus in Ghana, West Africa

  • Anders Hedenström
  • Staffan Bensch
  • Dennis Hasselquist
  • M. Lockwood
  • Ulf Ottosson
Publishing year: 1993
Language: English
Pages: 177-180
Publication/Series: Ibis
Volume: 135
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract english

We studied Great Reed Warblers Acrocephalus arundinaceus at two localities in Ghana during the winter. In the north (Tono), the birds arrived from late September and conducted a rapid moult soon after arrival. Towards the end of moult, birds accumulated fat and disappeared from the site. In the south (Tafo), birds arrived from mid-November in fresh plumage. This seemed to be the final wintering area as birds stayed there during the winter. In March-April they again accumulated fat, although only small amounts, before spring migration back to breeding areas.


  • Biological Sciences
  • song


  • Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab
  • ISSN: 0019-1019
Dennis Hasselquist
E-mail: dennis [dot] hasselquist [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se



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