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Relationship between arrival date, hatching date and breeding success of the white stork (Ciconia ciconia) in Slovakia

Fullin, Miroslav; Jerzak, Leszek; Sparks, Tim H.; Tryjanowski, Piotr. 2009 Relationship between arrival date, hatching date and breeding success of the white stork (Ciconia ciconia) in Slovakia. Biologia, 64 (2). 361-364. 10.2478/s11756-009-0037-3

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Abstract/Summary

Changes in the spring arrival dates of migrant birds have been reported from a range of locations and many authors have focused on long-term trends and their relationship to temperature and other climatic events. Perhaps more importantly, changed arrival dates may have consequences for the breeding dates of birds which strongly influence breeding success. In this paper we take the opportunity provided by a monitoring scheme of the white stork (Ciconia ciconia) to examine several features of the timing of arrival and breeding in relation to chick production in Slovakia during the period 1978–2002. First arrival dates ranged from 5th March to 30th April, and hatching dates varied between 26th April and 8th July. Generally, early arriving pairs started breeding earlier and a shorter interval between the arrival of the first partner and breeding, expressed here as hatching date, resulted in higher breeding success.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.2478/s11756-009-0037-3
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity > CC01A Detection and Attribution of Change in UK and European Ecosystems > CC01.3 UK Phenology Network
CEH Sections: Pywell
ISSN: 0006-3088
Additional Keywords: white stork, breeding success, phenology, migration, hatching time, volunteers’ records
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 11 May 2009 10:00
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6267

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