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Tornadic Storm Avoidance Behavior in Breeding Songbirds

Overview of attention for article published in Current Biology, January 2015
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Title
Tornadic Storm Avoidance Behavior in Breeding Songbirds
Published in
Current Biology, January 2015
DOI 10.1016/j.cub.2014.10.079
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Authors

Henry M. Streby, Gunnar R. Kramer, Sean M. Peterson, Justin A. Lehman, David A. Buehler, David E. Andersen

Abstract

Migration is a common behavior used by animals of many taxa to occupy different habitats during different periods [1]. Migrant birds are categorized as either facultative (i.e., those that are forced to migrate by some proximal cue, often weather) or obligate (i.e., those that migrate on a regular cycle) [2, 3]. During migration, obligate migrants can curtail or delay flights in response to inclement weather or until favorable winds prevail [4, 5], and they can temporarily reorient or reverse direction when ecological or meteorological obstacles are encountered [6]. However, it is not known whether obligate migrants undertake facultative migrations and make large-scale movements in response to proximal cues outside of their regular migration periods [3]. Here, we present the first documentation of obligate long-distance migrant birds undertaking a facultative migration, wherein breeding golden-winged warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) carrying light-level geolocators [7, 8] performed a >1,500 km 5-day circumvention of a severe tornadic storm. The birds evacuated their breeding territories >24 hr before the arrival of the storm and atmospheric variation associated with it. The probable cue, radiating >1,000 km from tornadic storms [9-11], perceived by birds and influencing bird behavior and movements [12-14], is infrasound (i.e., sound below the range of human hearing). With the predicted increase in severity and frequency of similar storms as anthropogenic climate change progresses [15], understanding large-scale behavioral responses of animals to such events will be an important objective of future research.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 4%
France 2 2%
United Kingdom 1 1%
Chile 1 1%
Mexico 1 1%
Italy 1 1%
Switzerland 1 1%
Sweden 1 1%
Unknown 85 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 23 24%
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 19%
Researcher 17 18%
Student > Bachelor 13 13%
Unspecified 12 12%
Other 14 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 60 62%
Environmental Science 14 14%
Unspecified 13 13%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 4 4%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 1%
Other 5 5%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 490. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 January 2019.
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