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Bird migrations in Movebank: Eurasia





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Published on Oct 2, 2012

Researchers track migrations of individual birds around the globe using satellite and GPS technology. This video, along with the video "Bird migrations in Movebank: Americas" shows the recorded movements of 1,654 individual birds that were tracked between 1992 and 2012. The data represent 58 species, over 2 million locations, and 276,800 tracking days. The movements are shown over the course of a single year—see the date in the lower left corner. The data used to make this video are stored at Movebank, an online database of animal tracking data ( For more information contact

Species movements shown in this video, along with the video "Bird migrations in Movebank: Americas", include Anas acuta, Anas clypeata, Anas crecca, Anas falcata, Anas formosa, Anas penelope, Anas platyrhynchos, Anas poecilorhyncha, Anas querquedula, Anas strepera, Anser albifrons, Anser cygnoides, Anser indicus, Aquila chrysaetos, Ardea alba, Asio flammeus, Aythya ferina, Branta leucopsis, Bubo bubo, Bucephala islandica, Calonectris diomedea, Cathartes aura, Ciconia ciconia, Clangula hyemalis, Coragyps atratus, Creagrus furcatus, Cygnus columbianus, Cygnus cygnus, Dendrocygna bicolor, Dendrocygna viduata, Eudyptes chrysocome, Falco peregrinus, Falco rusticolus, Grus canadensis, Gyps africanus, Gyps rueppellii, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Larus brunnicephalus, Larus fuscus, Larus ichthyaetus, Neochen jubata, Netta rufina, Oenanthe oenanthe, Pandion haliaetus, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, Phalacrocorax atriceps, Phalacrocorax carbo, Phoebastria irrorata, Phoenicopterus minor, Plectropterus gambensis, Pterodroma phaeopygia, Pygoscelis papua, Sarkidiornis melanotos, Somateria mollissima, Spheniscus magellanicus, Sula, Tadorna ferruginea, Torgos tracheliotus

Research leaders
Emma Ådahl, S. Balanchandran, Yakup Sancar Baris, Nyambayar Batbayar, Peter Berthold, Richard Bierregaard, Keith Bildstein, Charles M. Bishop, Julio Blas, Sean Boyd, Patrick J. Butler, David Cabot, Sebastian M. Cruz, Peter Daszak, Lisa Davenport, Carlos DeMattos, Tim Dodman, Wolfgang Fiedler, Anna Gagliardo, Nicolas Gaidet, Andrei Gavrilov, Andrea Gehrold, Larry Griffin, Ward Hagemeijer, Everett E. Hanna, Nichola Hill, Richard Holland, Yuansheng Hou, Ausraful Islam, Sam A. Iverson, René Janssen, Weitao Ji, Michael Kaatz, Todd Katzner, Corinne Kendall, Tommy King, Bakary Kone, Andrea Kölzsch, Ulrich Köppen, Paul Leader, Fumin Lei, Steve Luby, Shiiwa Manu, Juan Masello, Carol McIntyre, Taej Mundkur, Tseveenmyadag Natsagodorjiin, Scott Newman, Peter Nye, Malik J. S. Peiris, Nikolai Petkov, Carolina B. Proaño, Diann Prosser, M.V. Subba Rao, Lu'ay El Sayed, Heiko Schmaljohann, Bena Smith, John Takekawa, Martin Wikelski, Xiangming Xiao, Zhi Xing, Mat Yamage, Baoping Yan, Kiraz Erciyas Yavuz, Ramunas Zydelis

Research supported by
Arctic Goose Joint Venture, BBC, Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Conservation Fund, City of Lund Fund for the Protection of Animals, Conservation Food and Health Foundation, COWRIE, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Environment Canada, Femern A/S, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Galapagos National Park, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Heritage Lottery Fund, Marie Curie Actions, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Microwave Telemetry, Inc., National Geographic Society, National Park Service, National Science Foundation, Netherlands Institute for Ecology, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Princeton University, Provincie Limburg, Scottish Natural Heritage, Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund, Spanish Ministry of Science, State Science Foundation of Baden-Württemberg, Storchenhof Loburg, The Canadian Wildlife Service, The Explorer's Club, The Family of Sarkis and Bobbye Acopian, The Peregrine Fund, The Webless Migratory Game Bird Fund, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Wildlife Habitat Canada

Created by Sarah Davidson and Bart Kranstauber.

Image credit: Blue Marble—Next Generation was produced by Reto Stöckli, NASA Earth Observatory (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center).


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