Marta Borowiec

Marta Borowiec
University of Wroclaw | WROC · Faculty of Biological Sciences

dr hab. Marta Borowiec

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January 2006 - present
Uniwersytet Wrocławski

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1. Numerous studies have shown that climate change affects the timing of migration and bird laying dates, but the resulting changes in the duration of breeding seasons and their fitness consequences remain largely unknown. 2. We compared breeding parameters of 343 individually marked female Eurasian reed warblers, a multi‐brooded migratory passerin...
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In the Andes, pairs of ecologically similar species are often separated by narrow elevational sympatry zones but the mechanisms mediating sympatry are not fully understood. Here, we describe niche partitioning within a sympatry zone in a fragmented Andean landscape between two closely related flush-pursue species: a high-elevation montane forest dw...
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Anthropogenic pollution results in high concentrations of heavy metals in the environment. Due to their persistence and a high potential for bioaccumulation, metals are a real threat for birds breeding in industrial areas. The aim of the present study has been to explore the contents of heavy metals (arsenic As, cadmium Cd, chromium Cr, copper Cu,...
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Biparental incubation is a common pattern of parental care in birds. Within species with biparental incubation, the contribution of each sex can vary widely. Many studies have addressed the factors that influence variation in female incubation behaviour, but the underlying causes of within-species variation in male incubation behaviour remain poorl...
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Abstrakt: Praca jest podsumowaniem wiedzy o wybranych aspektach biologii lęgowej cierniówki Sylvia communis w Polsce na podstawie analizy 408 kart nadesłanych do Kartoteki Gniazd i Lęgów (KGiL) w latach 1987–2013. Gatunek ten nie był dotychczas w kraju szczegółowo badany. Ponad połowa danych pochodziła z województw: mazowieckiego, dolnośląskiego i...
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So far discussions on the occurrence of polygyny have been conducted on an inter-specific or individual level. In this paper we analyse differences in polygyny rate between different populations of Eurasian Reed Warblers. We provide evidence that our study population in SW Poland, and also the nearby Slovak population, are purely monogamous in cont...
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Subterranean swarming of bats takes place in the autumn and it is presumed that its main function is to facilitate mating. However, Plecotus auritus (brown long-eared bat) swarms twice a year, in spring (in March and April), and in autumn (from the end of August to October). The premise that both the autumn and spring swarming events have a mating...
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The songs of bird species can vary from place to place and such variation may reflect ecological heterogeneity within the habitat. However, there is little understanding of how this process occurs over time within the same population. Here, change in song over time in a local population of the New Zealand Grey Warbler (Gerygone igata) was investiga...
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The songs of bird species can vary from place to place and such variation may reflect ecological heterogeneity within the habitat. However, there is little understanding of how this process occurs over time within the same population. Here, change in song over time in a local population of the New Zealand Grey Warbler (Gerygone igata) was investiga...
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We report the first nest of the Smoky Bush Tyrant (Myiotheretes fumigatus) which was found on 11 October 2009 at the Yanayacu Biological Station, Napo Province in Ecuador. The nest was a shallow open cup, 2 m above ground on the side of a dead stump covered in epiphytes. The nest was 12 cm wide by 6.5 cm in height; internally, the cup was 7 cm wide...
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Dispersal during the breeding season is common among multiple-brooding bird species. such as the Penduline Tit Remizpendulinus, in which both sexes are sequentially polygamous and one or both parents may abandon the clutch. Penduline Tits were studied at a large fishpond system in south-western Poland over six breeding seasons (2004-2008 and 2011)....
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Data were collected in a 6 square km plot in seminatural back-swamp. Density of population was around 4 pairs per 10 ha. About 68% nests fledged young. The territory size varied from 0.04 to 0.65 ha, with the median value of 0.2. Tall herbage, bramble and sparse woody vegetation were the most important habitat components for breeding Whitethroats....
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Although some populations do suffer as a result of climate change we provide evidence that some species may be beneficients of this phenomenon. Since 1970 reed warblers (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) have started breeding more than two weeks earlier, but, in contrast to other studied populations, the end of their egg-laying remained unchanged. This resu...
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Between 1970 and 2006 reed warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus started breeding progressively earlier; both the initiation of breeding (the earliest first egg dates) and peak of breeding (median first egg dates) advanced. Median first egg dates correlated significantly with increasing May–July mean temperatures. However, in contrast to other studies s...
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It is believed that bird song has evolved as a reliable signal of quality of displaying individ-uals. Recent research has focused on costs of development of complex song. In the present paper we test if the acquired repertoire size is costly to maintain. We compared changes in song structure in male Whitethroats (Sylvia communis) after 48 h exposur...
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Sensory exploitation occurs when signals trigger behavioral reactions that diminish the receiver's fitness. Research in this area focuses on the match between the signal's form and the receiver's sensitivity, but the effect of habitat on interspecific sensory exploitation is rarely addressed. Myioborus redstarts use conspicuous wing and tail displa...
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Abstract Sensory exploitation occurs when signals trigger behavioral reactions that diminish the receiver's fitness. Research in this area focuses on the match between the signal's form and the receiver's sensitivity, but the effect of habitat on interspecific sensory exploitation is rarely addressed. Myioborus redstarts use conspicuous wing and ta...
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Between 1970 and 2005 reed warblers (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) started breeding about three weeks earlier which corresponded with higher seasonal (May-August temperatures). This earlier breeding manifested though earlier laying of the first clutch in the season as well as an earlier peak of laying of the whole population (median first-egg laying dat...
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In altricial species participation of males in parental care enhances reproductive success of females. How does a female select a mate who will allocate time and energy to parental effort? In the whitethroat Sylvia communis, a socially monogamous bird, parental performance of males might be predicted on the basis of elaborated song flights displaye...
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Badania nad ekologią rozrodu trzcinniczka na stawach milickich były prowadzone podczas 11 sezonów w okresie 1970-2005 (1970-1973, 1980-1983, 1994, 2003, 2005). W tym czasie średnia temperatura powietrza w miesiącach odpowiadających sezonowi lęgowemu trzcinniczka (maj- sierpień) wzrosła o blisko 3°C. Jednocześnie stwierdzono, że trzcinniczki zaczęły...
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Badania nad ekologią rozrodu trzcinniczka na stawach milickich były prowadzone podczas 11 sezonów w okresie 1970-2005 (1970-1973, 1980-1983, 1994, 2003, 2005). W tym czasie średnia temperatura powietrza w miesiącach odpowiadających sezonowi lęgowemu trzcinniczka (maj- sierpień) wzrosła o blisko 3°C. Jednocześnie stwierdzono, że trzcinniczki zaczęły...
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Repertoire size, the number of unique song or syllable types in the repertoire, is a widely used measure of song complexity in birds, but it is difficult to calculate this exactly in species with large repertoires. A new method of repertoire size estimation applies species richness estimation procedures from community ecology, but such capture-reca...
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The migrant Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris) has a complex song repertoire, but such complexity makes quantitative comparison of songs between individual males both time consuming and challenging. We investigate a streamlined method of song analysis that uses 2-min records of song to provide simpler relative indices of repertoire size, includ...
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BELL, B.D., BOROWIEC, M., McCONKEY, K.R. & E. RANOSZEK (1997): Settlement, breeding success and song repertoires of monogamous and polygynous Sedge Warblers (Acrocephalits schoenobaenus). Vogelwarte 39: 87-94. Arrival patterns, pairing dates, breeding success and song repertoires of monogamous and polygynous male Sedge Warblers (Acrocephalus schoen...
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Acrocepahlus arundinaceus, A. paludicola, A. schoenobaenus and s. scirpaceus differ significantly with respect to the rate of nestling growth and to the duration of nestling period, differences associated with parental care. Nestling growth was slowest and nestling period longest in the aquatic warbler where quasi-promiscuity and uniparental (femal...
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The intense territorial behaviour of males was limited to the period from the establishing of their territory to the arrival of a female. The nest sites was selected by the female, who did not pay much attention to the original territory boundaries fixed by the male; 36% of nests of the first brood were located beyond the initial boundaries of the...

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The goal of the project is to investigate how climate change has affected avian breeding