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Between-species correlations in the number of migrants at Ulmethöchi (Switzerland)
- Korner-Nievergelt, Fränzi, Korner-Nievergelt, Pius, Baader, Edi, Fischer, Luzius, Schaffner, Werner, Kestenholz, Matthias
- Journal für Ornithologie 2008 v.149 no.4 pp. 579-586
- Cyanistes caeruleus, Parus major, autumn, birds, correlation, migratory behavior, mountains, population size, Switzerland
- We analysed the number of autumn migrants at a bird ringing station over 41 years in the Jura mountains of Switzerland. For 12 irruptive or potentially irruptive bird species, the correlations between their numbers per year were calculated and the species were clustered accordingly. We found high correlations in the number of migrants between the Coal Tit Periparus ater, Great Tit Parus major and Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus. Most correlations of passage number between species pairs changed dramatically over time. Only Blue Tit and Coal Tit showed continuously high correlation in this respect. The variation and changes over time in between-species correlations in the number of migrants needs more attention.