Population decline is linked to migration route in the Common Cuckoo

@inproceedings{Hewson2016PopulationDI,
  title={Population decline is linked to migration route in the Common Cuckoo},
  author={Chris M. Hewson and Kasper Thorup and James W Pearce-Higgins and Philip W. Atkinson},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2016}
}
Migratory species are in rapid decline globally. Although most mortality in long-distance migrant birds is thought to occur during migration, evidence of conditions on migration affecting breeding population sizes has been completely lacking. We addressed this by tracking 42 male Common Cuckoos from the rapidly declining UK population during 56 autumn migrations in 2011-14. Uniquely, the birds use two distinct routes to reach the same wintering grounds, allowing assessment of survival during… CONTINUE READING
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