Common Cuckoos from Rybachy-reference-data

Thorup K, Vega ML, Snell KRS, Lubkovskaia R, Willemoes M, Sjöberg S, Sokolov LV, Bulyuk V. 2020. Common Cuckoos from Rybachy-reference-data. Movebank Data Repository.
Common cuckoos Cuculus canorus are obligate nest parasites yet young birds reach their distant, species-specific wintering grounds without being able to rely on guidance from experienced conspecifics--in fact they never meet their parents. Naïve marine animals use an inherited navigational map during migration but in inexperienced terrestrial animal migrants unequivocal evidence of navigation is lacking. We present satellite tracking data on common cuckoos experimentally displaced 1,800 km eastward from Rybachy to Kazan. After displacement, both young and adult travelled similarly towards the route of non-displaced control birds. The tracking data demonstrate the potential for young common cuckoos to return to the species-specific migration route after displacement, a response so far reported exclusively in experienced birds. Our results indicate that an inherited map allows first-time migrating cuckoos to locate suitable wintering grounds. This is in contrast to previous studies of solitary terrestrial bird migrants but similar to that reported from the marine environment.
animal movement,animal tracking,Argos,avian migration,animal navigation,common cuckoo,Cuculus canorus,satellite telemetry
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  title = {Common Cuckoos from Rybachy-reference-data},
  author = {Thorup, K and Vega, ML and Snell, KRS and Lubkovskaia, R and Willemoes, M and Sjöberg, S and Sokolov, LV and Bulyuk, V},
  year = {2020},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.vk36vq82/3},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.vk36vq82/3
T1  - Common Cuckoos from Rybachy-reference-data
AU  - Thorup, Kasper
AU  - Vega, Marta L.
AU  - Snell, Katherine R.S.
AU  - Lubkovskaia, Regina
AU  - Willemoes, Mikkel
AU  - Sjöberg, Sissel
AU  - Sokolov, Leonid V.
AU  - Bulyuk, Victor
Y1  - 2020/07/01
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - Argos
KW  - avian migration
KW  - animal navigation
KW  - common cuckoo
KW  - Cuculus canorus
KW  - satellite telemetry
KW  - Cuculus canorus
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.vk36vq82/3
ER  -