Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 149, Issue 4, pp 579–586 | Cite as

Between-species correlations in the number of migrants at Ulmethöchi (Switzerland)

  • Fränzi Korner-Nievergelt
  • Pius Korner-Nievergelt
  • Edi Baader
  • Luzius Fischer
  • Werner Schaffner
  • Matthias KestenholzEmail author
Original Article


We analysed the number of autumn migrants at a bird ringing station over 41 years in the Jura mountains of Switzerland. For 12 irruptive or potentially irruptive bird species, the correlations between their numbers per year were calculated and the species were clustered accordingly. We found high correlations in the number of migrants between the Coal Tit Periparus ater, Great Tit Parus major and Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus. Most correlations of passage number between species pairs changed dramatically over time. Only Blue Tit and Coal Tit showed continuously high correlation in this respect. The variation and changes over time in between-species correlations in the number of migrants needs more attention.


Autumn migration Correlation between the number of migrants of different species Irruptive species Partial migrants 



We thank the following bird ringers Markus Bader, Attilio Brenna, Beat W. Bussinger, Karl Bussinger†, Martin Furler, Werner Iseli, Arnold Klaus†, Gerald Kohlas, Ueli Lanz, Walter Lanz†, Max Leuenberger, Arnold Pfirter†, Dieter Pfister, Werner Pfister, Viktor Roth, Fritz Schaffner† and Ernst Scholer† who shared the field work with us. We are grateful to Marianne Beyeler, Sandra Pfister and Rolf Staub for data processing, and to the Swiss Ornithological Institute, the Lotteriefonds Baselland, the Emilia Guggenheim-Schnurr-Stiftung, and the Basler Stiftung für biologische Forschung for providing financial support. The late Alfred Schifferli and Lukas Jenni gave us valuable advice for this long-term ringing project. Two anonymous reviewers made valuable contributions to the quality of the manuscript. This study was authorised by the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fränzi Korner-Nievergelt
    • 1
  • Pius Korner-Nievergelt
    • 1
  • Edi Baader
    • 2
  • Luzius Fischer
    • 2
  • Werner Schaffner
    • 2
  • Matthias Kestenholz
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.oikostatEttiswilSwitzerland
  2. 2.Basellandschaftlicher Natur- und Vogelschutzverband BNVLiestalSwitzerland
  3. 3.Swiss Ornithological InstituteSempachSwitzerland

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