Intra-African migration: a look at the Woodland Kingfisher
Less is known about intra-continental migration in comparison to animal movements between continents. Addressing this knowledge gap is important in improving the effectiveness of conservation efforts, especially in linking transboundary initiatives. Since 2015, the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, in collaboration with other research institutes, initiated a broad-scale research project across western, eastern and southern Africa to study migratory movements, timings and patterns of intra-African migrant species like the Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis. The research approach adopted is largely collaborative and comprises a multitude of techniques: ringing (or banding for American birders) and biometrics, stable isotopes, telemetry, mitochondrial and nuclear DNA analyses, bioacoustic analyses and the use of citizen science data. This talk gives an overview of these methods, highlights some of the results and how these have expanded our thinking.