Associate researchers: Gressler Daniel Tourém, Zélia Pereira da Paz, Nelma Toledo, Angelini Luisa, Luane dos Reis Santos, Neander Heming
In Brazil, we study different aspects of the community of birds of the Cerrado region, including the Fork-tailed Flycatcher (T. savana). At our study site, Fork-tailed Flycatchers arrive at the end of August and early September, and leaves by early December.
We are currently studying reproductive strategies of birds by searching for and monitoring active nests. We also collect feathers from birds for stable isotope analysis (to study where they migrate), evaluate the arthropod food availability for birds, and study the migration of Fork-tailed Flycatchers with light-level geolocators.
Estação Ecológica de Águas Emendadas (16º S, 38º W): Situated approximately 55 km from the city of Brasilia, this protected area covers 10,500 hectares. Habitat at the site is in large part that of Cerrado (sensu stricto), and is characterized by strong seasonality in rainfall. The dry season lasts from May to September, and the wet season is from October to April. Average temperature is 24.4 º C.