Which stonechats breed where in Scandinavia?


The European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola is a recent addition to the Scandinavian fauna of breeding birds. But where do they come from? Whereas several studies have failed to find any genetic differentiation, birds of the subspecies hibernans from the British Isles look different from continental birds of the nominate subspecies.


In a recent paper, Reino Andersson systematically assessed photos of 404 males during breeding time in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, and scored six characters that differentiate hibernans and rubicola.

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Vol 29 (2019)
The cover of Ornis Svecica, volume 29, 2019, features an Ortolan Bunting photographed by Ivan Sjögren.

Volume 29 marks the first online-only access of Ornis Svecica, and a new website within the Open Journal Systems. The cover (available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License) features a singing Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana, photographed by Ivan Sjögren ©. Ortolan Buntings have declined in Northern Europe, presumably largely due to intensified agricultural practices, and in this volume of Ornis Svecica, Sondell et al. (2019) report on foraging prerequisites of the species, and put forward recommendations for creating suitable breeding and foraging areas in the agricultural landscape.

Published: 2019-05-11
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