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International Bioacoustics Congress

Organized by scientists of the MPIO - Registration opened

International Bioacoustics Congress 2015 in Murnau

Organized by scientists of the MPIO - Registration opened

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Rather than migrate high above the ground at a steady altitude, these birds fly only as high as the undulating terrain requires. This flight path keeps them in relatively dense air and reduces energy expenditure.

Roller coaster flight over the Himalayas

Rather than migrate high above the ground at a steady altitude, these birds fly only as high as the undulating terrain requires. This flight path keeps them in relatively dense air and reduces energy expenditure. [more]
The MPI for Ornithology gets a new scientific department. Prof. Dr. Iain Couzin starts his Department of Collective Behavior on the 1st of February 2015. Director Couzin is also full professor at the University of Konstanz where his department will be located.

New Department at the MPIO

The MPI for Ornithology gets a new scientific department. Prof. Dr. Iain Couzin starts his Department of Collective Behavior on the 1st of February 2015. Director Couzin is also full professor at the University of Konstanz where his department will be located. [more]
Dr. Bart Kranstauber, former PhD student and recent Postdoc at the Department for Migration and Immuno-Ecology won the Max Planck Award 2014 for his stunning animation of global bird migrations. Congratulations, Bart!

Max Planck Award 2014

Dr. Bart Kranstauber, former PhD student and recent Postdoc at the Department for Migration and Immuno-Ecology won the Max Planck Award 2014 for his stunning animation of global bird migrations. Congratulations, Bart! [more]
Dr. Nawang Norbu, former PhD student of the MPIO and IMPRS, was awarded a Max Planck Partner Group to be established at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment in Bhutan. <span class="userContent">We are very much looking forward to continue working with you, Nawang!</span>

Max Planck Partner Group in Bhutan

Dr. Nawang Norbu, former PhD student of the MPIO and IMPRS, was awarded a Max Planck Partner Group to be established at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment in Bhutan. We are very much looking forward to continue working with you, Nawang!
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<p>It is believed that a bird's energetic reserves determine when within a day and for how long it incubates its eggs. Martin Bulla and his colleagues challenged this view for species where both parents incubate. They experimentally reduced the energetic demands of incubation by heating and insulating the nest. These treatments had no major effect on the length of incubation bouts. Their results demonstrate that the observed timing and length of incubation bouts in biparental semipalmated sandpiper are not primarily driven by energetic constraints and therefore by the state of the incubating bird. This finding implies that we still do not understand the factors driving timing and length of incubation bouts in biparentally incubating species. Image: Martin Bulla</p>
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Heating and insulating the nest had no major effect on the length of incubation bouts in sandpipers

It is believed that a bird's energetic reserves determine when within a day and for how long it incubates its eggs. Martin Bulla and his colleagues challenged this view for species where both parents incubate. They experimentally reduced the energetic demands of incubation by heating and insulating the nest. These treatments had no major effect on the length of incubation bouts. Their results demonstrate that the observed timing and length of incubation bouts in biparental semipalmated sandpiper are not primarily driven by energetic constraints and therefore by the state of the incubating bird. This finding implies that we still do not understand the factors driving timing and length of incubation bouts in biparentally incubating species. Image: Martin Bulla

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A big study of Max-Planck-researchers together with an international team shows for the first time that echolocation calls of bats are shaped not only by natural selection but also by sexual selection. Image: Stefan Greif

Listening for love in the darkness

A big study of Max-Planck-researchers together with an international team shows for the first time that echolocation calls of bats are shaped not only by natural selection but also by sexual selection. Image: Stefan Greif [more]
 
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