Not as the crow flies: a historical explanation for circuitous migration in Swainson's thrush (Catharus ustulatus).

@article{Ruegg2002NotAT,
  title={Not as the crow flies: a historical explanation for circuitous migration in Swainson's thrush (Catharus ustulatus).},
  author={Kristen Ruegg and Thomas C. B. Smith},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2002},
  volume={269 1498},
  pages={1375-81}
}
Many migratory songbirds follow circuitous migratory routes instead of taking the shortest path between overwintering and breeding areas. Here, we study the migration patterns in Swainson's thrush (Catharus ustulatus), a neartic-neotropical migrant songbird, using molecular genetic approaches. This species is presently separated into genetically distinct coastal and continental populations that diverged during the Late Pleistocene (as indicated by molecular dating), yet appear to have retained… CONTINUE READING
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