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Following year-round movements in Barn Swallows using geolocators: could breeding pairs remain together during the winter?

  • Juan Arizaga
  • Mikkel Willemoes
  • Edorta Unamuno
  • Jose M. Unamuno
  • Kasper Thorup
Publishing year: 2015-01-02
Language: English
Pages: 141-145
Publication/Series: Bird Study
Volume: 62
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: British Trust for Ornithology

Abstract english

The spatio-temporal schedule provided by geolocators suggests that a pair of Barn Swallows could have remained together during the non-breeding period. Data from four birds, of which two were a breeding pair, showed winter quarters from West to Central Africa. The tracks of the paired individuals coincided both spatially and temporally at a scale of <200 km throughout the non-breeding period, in
contrast to the tracks of an unpaired male and female from the same region.


  • Zoology
  • Ecology


  • ISSN: 0006-3657