Common Rosefinch migration along the Indo-European Flyway-reference-data

Lisovski S, Neumann R, Albrecht T, Munclinger P, Ahola MP, Bauer S, Cepak J, Fransson T, Jakobsson S, Jaakkonen T, Klvana P, Kullberg C, Laaksonen T, Metzger B, Piha M, Shurulinkov P, Stach R, Ström K, Velmala W, Briedis M. 2021. Common Rosefinch migration along the Indo-European Flyway-reference-data. Movebank Data Repository.
Aim: The configuration of the earth's landmasses influences global weather systems and spatiotemporal resource availability, thereby shaping biogeographical patterns and migratory routes of animals. Here, we aim to identify potential migratory barriers and corridors, as well as general migration strategies within the understudied Indo‐European flyway. Methods: We used a combination of theoretical optimization modelling and empirical tracking of Common Rosefinches (Carpodacus erythrinus) breeding across a large latitudinal gradient in Europe. First, we identified optimal migration routes driven by wind and resource availability along the Indo‐European flyway. Second, we tracked rosefinches from five breeding populations using light‐level geolocators. Finally, we compared to what extent empirical tracks overlapped with the modelled optimal routes. Results: In autumn, theoretical wind driven migration routes formed a broad‐front corridor connecting Europe and the Indian Subcontinent while the theoretical resource driven routes formed a distinct north‐south divide. The latter pattern also reflected the rosefinch tracks with all but the most southerly breeding birds making a northern detour towards non‐breeding sites in Pakistan and India. In spring, the resource availability model predicted a similar migratory divide, however, the southern route seemed relatively more favourable and closely matched with the optimal wind driven migration routes. Spring tracking data showed larger overlap with the modelled wind driven migration routes compared to the resource driven routes. Main conclusions: Optimal wind and resource driven migration routes along the Indo‐European flyway are seasonally specific and to a large extend do not overlap with one another. Under these conditions, migratory birds adopt seasonally distinct migration strategies following energy minimization strategy in autumn, driven by resource availability, and time minimizing strategy in spring, driven by wind conditions. Our optimal migration models can be applied worldwide and used to validate against empirical data to explain large‐scale biogeographic pattern of migratory animals.
animal movement,animal tracking,avian migration,Carpodacus erythrinus,common rosefinch,geolocator,Indo-European Flyway,light-level logger
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  title = {Common Rosefinch migration along the Indo-European Flyway-reference-data},
  author = {Lisovski, S and Neumann, R and Albrecht, T and Munclinger, P and Ahola, MP and Bauer, S and Cepak, J and Fransson, T and Jakobsson, S and Jaakkonen, T and Klvana, P and Kullberg, C and Laaksonen, T and Metzger, B and Piha, M and Shurulinkov, P and Stach, R and Ström, K and Velmala, W and Briedis, M},
  year = {2021},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.034jj41h/4},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.034jj41h/4
T1  - Common Rosefinch migration along the Indo-European Flyway-reference-data
AU  - Lisovski, Simeon
AU  - Neumann, Roland
AU  - Albrecht, Tomas
AU  - Munclinger, Pavel
AU  - Ahola, Markus P.
AU  - Bauer, Silke
AU  - Cepak, Jaroslav
AU  - Fransson, Thord
AU  - Jakobsson, Sven
AU  - Jaakkonen, Tuomo
AU  - Klvana, Petr
AU  - Kullberg, Cecilia
AU  - Laaksonen, Toni
AU  - Metzger, Benjamin
AU  - Piha, Markus
AU  - Shurulinkov, Peter
AU  - Stach, Robert
AU  - Ström, Kåre
AU  - Velmala, William
AU  - Briedis, Martins
Y1  - 2021/03/11
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - avian migration
KW  - Carpodacus erythrinus
KW  - common rosefinch
KW  - geolocator
KW  - Indo-European Flyway
KW  - light-level logger
KW  - Carpodacus erythrinus
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.034jj41h/4
ER  -