, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 695–697

Sahara stopover in migratory flycatchers: fat and food affect the time program

  • H. Biebach
Short Communications Ethology, Ecology, Natural Product Chemistry

DOI: 10.1007/BF02007727

Cite this article as:
Biebach, H. Experientia (1985) 41: 695. doi:10.1007/BF02007727


Migrating spotted flycatchers, resting and feeding in an oasis, have longer stopover periods when fat reserves on arrival are low. In the laboratory migratory activity could likewise be suppressed by a combination of two factors: low fat reserves and the possibility of feeding.

Key words

Bird migrationstopoverfat reservestime program

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Biebach
    • 1
  1. 1.Vogelwarte Radolfzell, Radolfzell und AndechsMax-Planck-Institut für VerhaltensphysiologieAndechs(Federal Republic of Germany)