African climate warming advances spring arrival of the Common Quail Coturnix coturnix

Quail (Coturnix coturnix) Science Article 5

abstract

The Common Quail is one of the most popular steppe-land birds and is also one of greateconomic interest. Despite this, some aspects of its life cycle remain unclear, especially those concerned with the wintering phase. Here we report a long-term study of the spring arrival phenology of this species and the effects of recent global warming on the temporal trends observed. Moreover, the results from these analyses contribute to the understanding of the use of wintering grounds by the Common Quail and its migratory routes.

Jose Domingo RODRIGUEZ-TEIJEIRO, Oscar GORDO, Manel PUIGCERVER, Secundino GALLEGO, Dolors VINYOLES and Xavier FERRER, Ardeola, 52(1), June 2005, 159-162

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