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Volume 156  |  Issue 1  |  January 2014

January's issue of IBIS contains 17 full paper, three Short Communications, three reports from BOU-funded projects, book reviews and the BOU Records Committee's 42nd report.

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Featured paper
The decline of Afro-Palaearctic migrants and an assessment of potential causes
We start 2014 with a major review of the recent declines in the populations of many Afro-Palaearctic migrant birds, an issue that is rising rapidly up the conservation agenda in both Europe and Africa. The review presents the most recent evidence on the scale and extent of these declines and assesses the evidence for their causes. As Juliet Vickery and co-authors point out, this is actually the second period of major decline in migrant populations to have occurred within the last forty years, but is affecting a different group of species. The authors present evidence that the factors driving these declines are operating at both ends of, and along, the migratory pathway and then identify the most important areas for future research.

Also in this issue is an important set of papers on seabirds, covering areas such as diet and dietary shifts, movements and the effects on the survival on penguins by fitting them with tags and other markers. The last paper provides disturbing evidence that the fitting of flipper tags can substantially increase mortality.

Other papers in this issue include: 
  • A study of an urban Peregrine population, which used integrated population models to show the a huge rise in numbers of the species in Cape Town was partly due to the provision of nest boxes, but far more greatly influenced by immigration  |  View abstract  
  • An assessment of the population dynamics of Double-crested Cormorants in the Great Lakes, showing that culling can have a slight negative effect on population growth rates but that other population-level drivers, such as density dependence an immigration, can act to nullify this  |  View abstract
  • A study showing that stable isotope signatures can be traces along a whole food chain, from oak tree to caterpillar to Blue Tit, and that site-specific stable isotope signatures can correctly identify the location of individual birds  |   View abstract
  • An investigation into the mechanics of locomotion in a head-bobbing bird, the Elegant-crested Tinamou, showing that head and leg movements are not perfectly coordinated but that head movements do affect the movement of the centre of mass of the bird to improve a visual acuity and this in turn affects locomotion  |  View abstract
Other items
  • Book reviews | View
  • The British List: BOU Records Committee: 42nd report | View
Reports from BOU-funded projects
  • Lack of mtDNA genetic diversity in the Black Harrier, a Southern African endemicView
  • Assessing the impact of non-native Black-headed Weaver on native Acrocephalus warblers | View
  • Distribution, seasonality and habitat preferences of the endangered Madagascar Pond-heron on Alabra atoll | View
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