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European Woodcock (1 Viewer)

Peter Kovalik

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E. Trucchi, G. Allegrucci, G. Riccarducci, A. Aradis, F. Spina & V. Sbordoni, 2011. A genetic characterization of European Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola, Charadriidae, Charadriiformes) overwintering in Italy. Italian Journal of Zoology, Volume 78, Issue 2, Pages 146 - 156.


Will Jones
Andrade, P., Rodrigues, T.M., Muths, D., Afonso, S., Lopes, S., Godinho, R., Leitão, M., Ferrand, Y., Ferrand, N. and Gonçalves, D. (2021), Genetic differentiation in Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) from the Azores. Ibis. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12991

The Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola is a widespread Palearctic migratory wader, with purportedly sedentary populations occurring in the Macaronesian archipelago of the Azores. Here we used microsatellite markers to investigate patterns of genetic diversity and differentiation in these insular birds, and compared Azorean populations to those from mainland Europe. Azorean populations show a (non-significant) trend for reduced diversity, and low but consistent differentiation from mainland populations; evidence for widespread over-water migration (in either direction) is weak but must occasionally occur given the recovery of an Azorean ringed bird in France. It is thus likely that the Azorean populations diverged recently from their mainland counterparts, but gene flow is currently restricted.

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