African cuckoo in Nigeria (data from Iwajomo et al. 2018)-reference-data

Iwajomo SB, Willemoes M, Ottosson U, Strandberg R, Thorup K. 2017. African cuckoo in Nigeria (data from Iwajomo et al. 2018)-reference-data. Movebank Data Repository.
Despite many bird species migrating regularly within the African continent, in response to rainfall and breeding opportunities, documented evidence of the spatiotemporal patterns of such movements is scarce. We use satellite telemetry to document the year round movement of an intra-African migrant breeding in the savannah zone of sub-Saharan Africa, the African Cuckoo. After breeding in central Nigeria, the birds migrated to more forested sites in the Adamawa region of Cameroon (n=2) and western Central African Republic (n=1). Departure from the breeding ground coincided with deteriorating environmental conditions whereas arrival at the non-breeding sites matched period of increasing vegetation greenness. Migratory movements generally occurred during dark hours. In total, an average distance of 748 km in 66 days was covered during the post-breeding migration and 744 km in 27 days during return journey with considerable individual variation and with more stopover sites used during post-breeding migration. The diversity of migration routes followed suggests a relatively variable or flexible initial migration strategy, high individual route consistency as well as high fidelity for non-breeding grounds.
African cuckoo,animal tracking,Argos,avian migration,Cuculus gularis,intra-African bird migration,nocturnal migration,satellite telemetry
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  title = {African cuckoo in Nigeria (data from Iwajomo et al. 2018)-reference-data},
  author = {Iwajomo, SB and Willemoes, M and Ottosson, U and Strandberg, R and Thorup, K},
  year = {2017},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.b800b7c3/2},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.b800b7c3/2
T1  - African cuckoo in Nigeria (data from Iwajomo et al. 2018)-reference-data
AU  - Iwajomo, Soladoye B.
AU  - Willemoes, Mikkel
AU  - Ottosson, Ulf
AU  - Strandberg, Roine
AU  - Thorup, Kasper
Y1  - 2017/12/20
KW  - African cuckoo
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - Argos
KW  - avian migration
KW  - Cuculus gularis
KW  - intra-African bird migration
KW  - nocturnal migration
KW  - satellite telemetry
KW  - Cuculus gularis
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.b800b7c3/2
ER  -