Passerine Migration between the Palaearctic and Africa

  • Gábor L. Lövei
Part of the Current Ornithology book series (CUOR, volume 6)


Migration is one of the possible responses by which an organism can react to changes in its environment. The persistence of biological populations depends on their ability to find those conditions in space and time under which they can survive and reproduce most successfully. For example, seasonally favorable conditions are offered by vast areas of the northern hemisphere. There is a premium on acquiring traits that help to reach such areas (Southwood, 1977), and birds, among others, have responded to this evolutionary challenge. Migration must have evolved several times in different avian taxa over geological times (Cox, 1985), and the diversity of avian migratory systems is very wide (Gauthreaux, 1982).


Migrant Bird Reed Warbler Stopover Site Willow Warbler Garden Warbler 
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  • Gábor L. Lövei
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Functional Ecology, Department of ZoologyPlant Protection Institute, Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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