Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 159, Issue 2, pp 337–344 | Cite as

Return migration of Common Cuckoos (Cuculus canorus) between breeding grounds in Hungary and wintering grounds in Africa as documented by non-PTT GPS technology

  • Miklós Bán
  • Csaba Moskát
  • Attila Fülöp
  • Márk E. Hauber
Original Article


We tagged 12 adult Common Cuckoos (Cuculus canorus) with non-platform terminal transmitter (non-PTT) GPS-UHF telemetry at their breeding grounds in Hungary. One male and two female Cuckoos (one of them twice) were again observed in subsequent years, and GPS fixes documented their migration routes to and from Africa, as far south as Namibia. All four routes showed the species-typical clockwise loop migration. Although currently non-PPT GPS tracking with remotely downloadable data as an ornithological method is primarily suitable to map home ranges of birds, it could be a complement to PTT technology in migration research, especially for delivery of higher spatial accuracy.


Non-platform terminal transmitter GPS Migration Common cuckoo Cuculus canorus 


Zug des Kuckucks ( Cuculus canorus ) zwischen den Überwinterungsgebieten in Afrika und den Brutgebieten in Ungarn, aufgezeichnet mittels nicht-Satellitenbasierter GPS-Technologie

Wir markierten 12 adulte Kuckucke (Cuculus canorus) in ihren Brutgebieten in Ungarn mit nicht Satellitenbasierter GPS-UHF-Telemetrie. Ein Männchen und zwei Weibchen (eines davon zweimal) wurden in den folgenden Jahren erneut beobachtet. Die GPS-Daten zeigten ihre Zugrouten von und nach Afrika mit Namibia als südlichstem Punkt. Alle vier Routen zeigten den arttypischen Schleifenzug im Uhrzeigersinn. Obwohl in der Ornithologie derzeit nicht Satellitenbasierte GPS-UHF-Telemetrie mit Datenfernübertragung in erster Linie eingesetzt wird, um Bewegungen im Territorium aufzuzeichnen, könnte sie auch die Vogelzugforschung ergänzen, vor allem dann, wenn eine höhere räumliche Auflösung gewünscht wird.



Funding was provided by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Hungary, to CM (grant no. NN118194). AF was supported by the ÚNKP-16-3-IV New National Excellence Program of the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary. We thank István Zsoldos, Nikoletta Geltsch and others for their help with fieldwork, and Danielle Allen for assistance with editing.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MTA-DE ‘Lendület’ Behavioural Ecology Research Group, Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human BiologyUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  2. 2.MTA-ELTE-MTM Ecology Research Group, a Joint Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of SciencesThe Biological Institute of the Eötvös Lóránd University and the Hungarian Natural History MuseumBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Department of Animal Biology, School of Integrative BiologyUniversity of IllinoisUrbana–ChampaignUSA

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