Migration of Mallards Anas platyrhynchos in Hungary: Migration phenology, the origin of migrants, and long-term changes

A. Likér, Lajos Nagy

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Hungarian wetlands are internationally important staging and wintering places for many Eurasian waterfowl. However, published data on migration are scarce or completely lacking for the majority of waterfowl species from the region. In this study we investigated the migration phenology and the origin of Mallard Anas platyrhynchos populations during the non-breeding season in Hungary. A large-scale monitoring study conducted on Lake Balaton and Kis-Balaton between 2003 and 2007 showed that population sizes fluctuated seasonally and peaked during winter months (December-January), with around 10,000 birds staying in some years on Lake Balaton. Using both Hungarian ringing data and recoveries of 14 other European countries we found that Mallards migrated to Hungarian wetlands most frequently from breeding populations in Russia, Lithuania and Poland. Recoveries of birds coming from northern and western European countries were rare, suggesting limited movements between these and central European populations. Finally, Mallards now tend to migrate to Hungarian wetlands from shorter distances away than in earlier years and the direction of their migration has also changed significantly, which may indicate changes in the geographical location of source populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-265
Number of pages7
JournalRinging and Migration
Volume24
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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Migration of Mallards Anas platyrhynchos in Hungary : Migration phenology, the origin of migrants, and long-term changes. / Likér, A.; Nagy, Lajos.

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