Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 150, Issue 1, pp 307–309 | Cite as

Birds from the Far East in Central Europe: some side-notes to Pfeifer et al. (2007)

  • Roman B. HołyńskiEmail author


The “reverse migration hypothesis” as the explanation for the vagrancy of Far Eastern birds in Europe is commented on. It is concluded that, as the postulated switch of 180° along a great circle line would lead the eastern or even central Siberian birds to North America rather than to Europe, the application of the “reverse migration hypothesis” to them seems untenable (which, however, does not preclude its plausibility in case of transatlantic, southern European, or even southwestern Siberian vagrants). On the other hand, patterns of appearance of the Turdus [naumanni] superspecies (Machalska et al. 1967) suggest the relationship of the phenomenon of vagrancy to post-breeding nomadic movements and/or periodical invasions of non-migrating species.


Invasions Post-breeding nomadism Reverse migration hypothesis T. [naumanni] superspecies Vagrants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MilanówekPoland

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