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Optimal Migration Theory

  • Nikita Chernetsov
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Abstract

This chapter is devoted to the critical analysis of the optimal migration theory. I suggest that this theory has multiple issues, mainly because some of its basic assumptions are not supported by the empirical evidence. The fundamental assumption of the U-shaped flight power curve is not supported by the data. In the birds with high aerodynamic quality (most passerine migrants belong to this category) the flight costs are independent of flight speed, within a rather broad range of flight speed routinely employed. Nevertheless, the optimal migration theory played a very important role in the attempts to find quantitative relationships between the main ecological parameters of migratory stopovers, i.e. between stopover duration, fuel deposition rate and departure fuel load. It has advanced stopover studies greatly, but I claim that its critical revision is necessary.

Keywords

Fuel Load Flight Speed Migratory Speed Stopover Site Fuel Store 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biological Station RybachyZoological InstituteSt. PetersburgRussia

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