Felix Liechti

Head of Department
Bird migration research
Swiss Ornithological Institute
E-mail: felix.liechti@vogelwarte.ch
Page: http://www.vogelwarte.ch/felix-liechti.html

Fields of interest: 

Bird migration, radar ornithology, flight behavior, modeling


Recent publications:

Liechti, F., Kommenda-Zehnder, S., and Bruderer, B. (2012):
Orientation of passerine trans-Sahara migrants: the directional shift (“Zugknick”) reconsidered for free-flying birds.
Anim.Behav. 83, 63-68.

Mateos-Rodrígues, M. & Liechti, F. (2011):
How do diurnal long-distance migrants selectflight altitude in relation to wind?
Behav Ecol doi:10.1093/beheco/arr204.

Dokter, A., Liechti, F., Stark, H., Delobbe, L., Tabary, P., and Holleman, I. (2011):
Bird migration flight altitudes studied by a network of operational weather radars.
Journal of The Royal Society Interface 8, 30-43.. 

Bächler E, Hahn S, Schaub M, Arlettaz R, Jenni L, Fox, J., Afanaswev, V. & Liechti, F. (2010):
Year-Round Tracking of Small Trans-Saharan Migrants Using Light-Level Geolocators.
PloS ONE 5(3): e9566. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009566.

Bruderer, B., Peter, D., Boldt, A. & Liechti, F. (2010): 
Wing-beat characteristics of birds recorded with tracking radar and cine camera.
Ibis, 152, 272–291

Komenda-Zehnder, S., Jenni, L. & Liechti, F. (2010): 
Do bird captures reflect migration intensity? – Trapping numbers on an Alpine pass compared with radar counts.
J. Avian Biol. 41: 434-444

Salewski, V., Herremans, M. & Liechti, F. 2010:
Migrating passerines can lose more body mass reversibly than previously thought.
Ringing & Migration 25: 22-28.

Hahn, S., Bauer, S. & Liechti, F. (2009):
The natural link between Europe and Africa – 2.1 billion birds on migration.
Oikos 118:624-626.

Schmaljohann, H. and Liechti, F. (2009):
Adjustments of wingbeat frequency and air speed to air density in free-flying migratory birds.
J Exp Biol 212, 3633-3642.

Schmaljohann, H., Liechti, F., and Bruderer, B. (2009):
Trans-Sahara migrants select flight altitudes to minimize energy costs rather than water loss.
Behav Ecol Sociobiol DOI 10.1007/s00265-009-0758-x.