Daily activity patterns across the annual cycle – do sex and age matter?

    The project aims at detecting stage specific daily activity budgets in migratory European Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster), which travel between breeding sites in central Europe and nonbreeding sites in southwestern Africa. Until now, individual behaviour outside the breeding range remains unknown for most migratory species. Data from multisensor loggers allows for first comparisons of daily activities of different sexes and age classes during their breeding period but also during the non-breeding and migration period. 

    Requirements: Pronounced interest in ecology of birds, especially movement ecology and ecological energetics. Good skills in data management, basics in statistics (using R). Languages: English and/or German.

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    Steffen Hahn, Dept Bird Migration, Swiss Ornithological Institute, steffen.hahn@vogelwarte.ch