Publications based on the use of UvA-BiTS


Bosch van den M., Baert J.M., Müller W., Stienen E.W.M. (2019) Specialization reduces foraging effort and improves breeding performance in a generalist bird. Behavioral Ecology, Vol. 30 (3): 792-800. DOI:10.1093/beheco/arz016

Donk van S., Shamoun Baranes J., Meer van der J., Camphuysen C. J. (2019) Foraging for high caloric anthropogenic prey is energetically costly. Movement Ecology 7:17. DOI:10.1186/s40462-019-0159-3

García-Alfonso M., Morales-Reyes Z., Gangoso L., Bouten W., Sánchez-Zapata J.A., Serrano D., Donázar J.A. (2019) Probing into farmers’ perceptions of a globally endangered ecosystem service provider. Ambio, Vol. 48 (8): 900-912. DOI:10.1007/s13280-018-1102-3

Linssen H., Pol v.d. M., Allen A.M., Jans M., Ens B.J., Krijgsveld K.L., Frauendorf M., Kolk van der H.J. (2019) Disturbance increases high tide travel distance of a roosting shorebird but only marginally affects daily energy expenditure. Avian Research Vol 10: 31. DOI:10.1186?s40657-019-0171-8

Martín-Vélez V., Sanchéz M.I., Shamoun-Baranes J., Thaxter C.B., Stienen E.W.M, Camphuysen C.J., Green A.J. (2019) Quantifying nutrient inputs by gulls to a fluctuating lake, aided by movement ecology methods. Wiley Online Library. DOI:10.1111/fwb.13374

Navarro J., Grémillet D., Afán I., Francisco M., Bouten W., Forero M.G., Figuerola J. (2019) Pathogen transmission risk by opportunistic gulls moving across human landscapes. Scientific Reports 9, 10659. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-46323-1

Rycken S., Warren K.S., Yeap L., Jackson B., Riley K., Page M., Dawson R., Smith K., Mawson P.R., Shephard J.M. (2019) Assessing integration of black cockatoos using behavioral change point analysis. The Journal of Wildlife Management, Vol. 83 (2): 334-342. DOI:10.1002/jwmg.21609

Sage E., Bouten W., Hoekstra B., Camphhuysen C.J., Shamoun-Baranes J. (2019) Orographic lift shapes flight routes of gulls in virtually flat landscapes. Scientific Reports 9: 9659. DOI:10.1038/s41598-019-46017-x

Senner N.R., Verhoeven M.A., Abad-Gómez J.M., Alves J.A., Hooijmeijer J.C.E.W, Howison R.A., Kentie R., Loonstra A.H.J., Masero J.A., Rocha A., Stager M, Piersma T. (2019) High Migratory Survival and Highly Variable Migratory Behavior in Black-Tailed Godwits. Front. Ecol. Evol. , 09 April 2019. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00096

Serres J.R., Evans T.J., Åkesson S., Duriez O., Shamoun-Baranes J., Ruffier F., Hedenström A. (2019) Optic flow cues help explain altitude control over sea in freely flying gulls. The Royal Society (Interface) DOI: 10.1098/rsif2019.0486

Spelt A., Williamson C., Shamoun-Baranes J., Shepard E., Rock P., Windsor S. (2019) Habitat use of urban-nesting lesser black-backed gulls during the breeding season. Scientific Reports 9, number 10527. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-46890-6

Thaxter C.B., Ross-Smith V.H., Bouten W., Clark N.A., Conway G.J., Masden E. A., Clewly G. D., Barber L. J., Burton N. H.K. (2019) Avian vulnerability to wind farm collision through the year: Insights from lesser black‐backed gulls (Larus fuscus) tracked from multiple breeding colonies. Journal of Applied Ecology, Vol. 56, issue 11: 2410-2422. DOI:10.1111/1365-2664.13488

Veen J., Dallmeijer H., Schlaich A.E., Veen T., Mullié W.C. (2019) Diet and Foraging Range of Slender-Billed Gulls Chroicocephalus genei Breeding in the Saloum Delta, Senegal. Ardea, Vol. 107 (1): 33-46. DOI:10.5253?arde.v107i1.a8

Wieringa A., Klaassen R.h.G., Schlaich A.E., Koks B.J. (2019) Increased Food Provisioning by Female Montagu’s Harriers in Years with Food Shortage Weakens Sex-Specific Roles in Parental Care. Ardea, Vol 107 (2): 149-158. DOI: 10.5253/arde.v107i2.a5


Baert J.M., Stienen E.W.M., Heylen B.C., Kavelaars M.M., Buijs R.J., Shamoun-Baranes J., Lens L., Müller W. (2018) High-resolution GPS tracking reveals sex differences in migratory behaviour and stopover habitat use in the Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus. Scientific Reports 8, article number 5391 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-23605-x

Byholm P, Mäkeläinen S., Santangeli A., Goulson D. (2018) First evidence of neonicotinoid residues in a long-distance migratory raptor, the European honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus) Science of The Total Environment, Vol. 639: 929-933. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.05.185

Dokter A.M., Fokkema W., Ebbinge B.S., Olff H., Jeugd van der H.P., Nolet B.A. (2018) Agricultural pastures challenge the attractiveness of natural saltmarsh for a migratory goose. BES, Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 55, issue 6 DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13168

Dokter A.M., Fokkema W., Bekker S.K., Bouten W., Ebbinge B.S., Müskens G., Olff H., Jeugd van der H.P., Nolet B.A. ( 2018) Body stores persist as fitness correlate in a long-distance migrant released from food constraints. Behavioral Ecology, vol. 29, issue 5, 1157-1166. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/ary080

Kavelaars M.M., Stienen E.W.M., Matheve H., Buijs R.J., Lens L, Müller W., (2018) GPS tracking during parental care does not affect early offspring development in lesser black-backed gulls. Mar Biol 165: 87 DOI: 10.1007/s00227-018-3347-6

Khosravifard S., Venus V., Skidmore A.K., Bouten W., Muñoz A.R., Toxopeus A.G. (2018) Identification of Griffon Vulture’s Flight Types Using High-Resolution Tracking Data. Inter. Journal of Environment Research June 2018, Vol. 12 313-325. DOI: 10.1007/s41742-018-0093-z

Lameris T. K., Jeugd van der H.P., Eichhorn G., Dokter A.M., Bouten W., Boom M.P., Litvin K.E., Ens B.J., Nolet B.A, (2018). Arctic Geese Tune Migration to a Warming Climate but Still Suffer from a Phenological Mismatch. Current Biology, Vol. 28, issue 15, 2467-2473.e4. DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.077

Murgatroyd M., Photopoulou T., Underhill L.G., Bouten W., Amar A., ( 2018) Where eagles soar: Fine‐resolution tracking reveals the spatiotemporal use of differential soaring modes in a large raptor. Ecology and Evolution, 8 (13): 6788-6799. DOI:  10.1002/ece3.4189

Oppel S., …… Croxall J. (2018) Spatial scales of marine conservation management for breeding seabirds. Marine Policy, Vol. 98, 37-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.08.04

Overveld van T., García-Alfonso M., Dingemanse N.J., Bouten W., Gangoso L., Riva de la M., Serrano D., Donázar J.A. (2018) Food predictability and social status drive individual resource specializations in a territorial vulture. Scientific Reports 8, art. number 15155 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-33564-y

Senner, N.R., Stager M., Verhoeven M.A., Cheviron Z.A., Piersma T., Bouten W. (2018) High-altitude shorebird migration in the absence of topographical barriers: avoiding high air temperatures and searching for profitable winds. The Royal Society, Vol. 285, issue 1881. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0569

Shepard J.M., Dunlop J.N., Bouten W. (2018) Foraging movements of common noddies in the East Indian Ocean are dependent on breeding stage: implications for marine reserve design. Pacific Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1071/PC18033

Thaxter C.B., Ross-Smith V.H., Bouten W., Masden E.A., Clark N.A., Conway G.J., Barber L., Clewley G.D., Burton N.H.K. (2018) Dodging the blades: new insights into three-dimensional space use of offshore wind farms by lesser black-backed gulls Larus fuscus. MEPS 587: 247-253. DOI 10.3354/meps12415


Dokter A.M., van Loon E.E, Rappoldt C., Oosterbeek K., Baptist M.J., Bouten W., Ens B.J. (2017) Balancing food and density-dependence in the spatial distribution of an interference-prone forager. OIKOS 126,8:1184-1196. DOI: 10.1111/oik.04139

Fluhr J., Benhamou S., Riotte-Lambert L., Duriez O. (2017) Assessing the risk for an obligate scavenger to be dependent on predictable feeding sources Elsevier/ScienceDirect (Biological conservation) vol. 215: 92-98. DOI 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.07.030

Kassara C., Gangoso L., Mellone U., Piasevoli G., Hadjikyriakou T.G., Tsiopelas N., Giokas S., López-López P., Urios V., Figuerola J., Silva R., Bouten W., Kirschel A.N.G., Virani M.Z., Fiedler W., Berthold P., Geschweng M. (2017) Current and future suitability of wintering grounds for a long-distance migratory raptor. Scientific Reports (7: 8798) DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-08753-w

Klaassen R.H.G., Schlaich A. E., Bouten W., Koks B.J. (2017) Migrating Montagu’s harriers frequently interrupt daily flights in both Europe and Africa. J Avian Biol 48: 180–190. DOI: 10.1111/jav.01362

Leos-Barajas V., Photopoulou T., Langrock R., Patterson T.A., Watanabe Y.Y., Murgatroyd M., Papastamatiou Y.P. (2017) Analysis of animal accelerometer data using hidden Markov models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2017, 8, 161-173. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12657

Navarro J., Grémillet D., Ramirez F.J., Afán I., Bouten W., Forero M.G. (2017) Shifting individual habitat specialization of a successful predator living in anthropogenic landscapes. Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS) 578: 243-251. DOI: 10.3354/meps12124

Schlaich A.E., Bouten W., Bretagnolle V., Heldbjerg H., Klaassen R.H.G., Sørensen I.H., Villers, A., Both C. (2017) A circannual perspective on daily and total flight distances in a long-distance migratory raptor, the Montagu’s harrier, Circus pygargus. Biology Letters 2017 13 20170073. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0073

Shamoun-Baranes J., Burant J.B.,  van Loon E.E., Bouten W., Camphuysen C.J. (2017) Short distance migrants travel as far as long distance migrants in lesser black-backed gulls Larus fuscus. J Avian Biol 48: 49–57. DOI: 10.1111/jav.01229

Sørensen I.H., Schlaich A.E., Klaassen R.H.G., Heldbjerg H., Koks B.J. (2017) Rare case of an adult male Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus over-summering in West Africa, as revealed by GPS tracking. Journal of Ornithology, Vol. 158, 3, 753-760. DOI: 10.1007/s10336-017-1445-8

Thaxter C.B., Clark N.A., Ross-Smith V.H., Conway G.J., Bouten W., Burton N.H.K. (2017) Sample size required to characterize area use of tracked seabirds. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI:10.1002/jwmg.21283

Vansteelant W.M.G., Shamoun-Baranes J., van Manen W., van Diermen J., Bouten W. (2017) Seasonal detours by soaring migrants shaped by wind regimes along the East Atlantic Flyway. Journal of Animal Ecology 2017, 86, 179-191. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12593

Vansteelant W.M.G., Shamoun-Baranes J, McLaren J.D., Van Diermen J., Bouten W., (2017), Soaring across continents: high-resolution GPS tracking reveals importance of integrating climb rates and wind in optimal soaring migration theory. J Avian Biol. 48: 887-896. DOI: 10.111/jav.01298


Bulla M., Valcu M. Dokter A.M., ………., Kempenaers B. (2016) Unexpected diversity in socially synchronized rhythms of shorebirds. Nature 540, 109-113. DOI: 10.1038/nature20563

Gyemesi A., Boudewijn T.J., Buijs R.J., Shamoun-Baranes J.Z., de Jong J.W., Fijn R.C., van Horssen P.W., Poot M.J.M. (2016) Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus thriving on a non-marine diet. Bird Study 63(2): 241-249. DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2016.1180341

Harel R., Duriez O., Spiegel O., Fluhr J. Horvitz N, Getz W.M., Bouten W., Sarrazin F., Hatzofe O, Nathan R. (2016) Decision-making by a soaring bird: time, energy and risk considerations at different spatio-temporal scales. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371: 20150397. DOI:10.1098/rstb.2015.0397

Isaksson N., Evans T.J., Shamoun-Baranes J., Åkesson, S. (2016) Land or sea? Foraging area choice during breeding by an omnivorous gull. Movement Ecology 4:1-14. DOI: 10.1186/s40462-016-0078-5

McLaren J.D., Shamoun-Baranes J., Camphuysen C.J., Bouten W. (2016) Directed flight and optimal airspeeds: homeward-bound gulls react flexibly to wind yet fly slower than predicted. J. Avian Biol. 47(4): 476-490. Doi: 10.1111/jav.00828

Murgatroyd M., Underhill L.G., Bouten W., Amar A., Ranging Behaviour of Verreaux’s Eagles during the Pre-Breeding Period Determined through the Use of High Temporal Resolution Tracking. PloS One 11(10): e163378. DOI:10.371/journal.pone.0163378

Navarro J., Grémillet D., Afán I., Ramírez F., Bouten W., Forero M.G. (2016) Feathered Detectives: Real-time GPS Tracking of Scavenging Gulls Pinpoints Illegal Waste Dumping. PLoS One 11(7): e0159974. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159974

Orchan Y., Ovaskainen O., Bouten W., Nathan R. (2016) Novel insights into the map stage of true navigation in nonmigratory wild birds (Stone curlews, Burhinus oedicnemus). The American Naturalist 187(6). DOI: 10.1086/686054

Rakhimberdiev E., Senner N.R., Verhoeven M.A., Winkler D.W., Bouten W., Piersma T. (2016) Comparing inferences of solar geolocation data against high-precision GPS data: annual movements of a double-tagged black-tailed godwit. J. Avian Biol. 47(4):589-596.  DOI: 10.1111/jav.00891

Rock P., Camphuysen C.J., Shamoun-Baranes J., Ross-Smith V.H., Vaughan I.P. (2016) Results from the GPS tracking of roofnesting Herring Gulls Larus argentatus in the UK. Ringing & Migration 31(1): 47-62.  DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2016.1197698

Ross-Smith V.H., Thaxter C.B., Masden E.A., Shamoun-Baranes J., Burton N.H.K., Wright L.J., Rehfisch M.M., Johnston A. (2016) Modelling flight heights of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Great Skuas from GPS: a Bayesian approach. Journal of Applied Ecology 53(6): 1676-1685. DOI:10.1111/1365-2664.12760

Schlaich A.E., Klaassen H.G., Bouten W., Bretagnolle V., Koks, B.J., Villers A., Both C. (2016) How individual Montagu’s Harriers cope with Moreau’s Paradox during the Sahelian winter. Journal of Animal Ecology 85(6): 1491-1501. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12583

Shamoun-Baranes J., Bouten W., van Loon E.E., Meijer C., Camphuysen C.J. (2016) Flap or soar? How a flight generalist responds to its aerial environment. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371: 20150395. DOI:10.1098/rstb.2015.0395

Slingsby A., Van Loon E.E., Exploratory Visual Analysis for Animal Movement Ecology. Eurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis) 35 (3):471-480. DOI:0.1111/cgf.12923

Stienen E.W.M., Desmet P., Aelterman B., Courtens W., Feys S., Vanermen N., Verstraete H., Van de Walle M., Deneudt K., Hernandez F., Houthoofdt R., Vanhoorne B., Bouten W., Buijs R.J., Kavelaars M.M., Müller W., Herman D., Matheve H., Sotillo A., Lens L. (2016) GPS tracking data of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls breeding at the southern North Sea coast. ZooKeys 555: 115–124. Doi: 10.3897/zookeys.555.6173

Treep H.J., Bohrer G., Shamoun-Baranes J., Duriez O., Prata de Moraes Frasson R., Bouten W. (2016) Using high resolution GPS tracking data of bird flight for meteorological observations. Bul. Am. Meteor. Soc. 907(6): 951-961. Doi:org/10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00234.1

Viana D.S., Gangoso L., Bouten W., Figuerola J. (2016) Overseas seed dispersal by migratory birds. Proc. R. Soc. B. 283: 20152406.


Camphuysen C.J., Shamoun-Baranes J., van Loon E.E., Bouten W. (2015) Sexually distinct foraging strategies in an omnivorous seabird. Marine Biology, DOI 10.1007/s00227-015-2678-9

Demšar U., Buchin K., van Loon E.E., Shamoun-Baranes J. (2015) Stacked space-time densities: a geovisualisation approach to explore dynamics of space use over time. GeoInformatica. 19(1): 85-115. DOI: 10.1007/s10707-014-0207-5.

Schlaich A.E., Klaassen R.H.G., Bouten W., Both C., Koks B.J. (2015) Testing a novel agri-environment scheme based on the ecology of the target species, Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus. Ibis 157: 713-721. DOI: 10.111/ibi.12299

Taylor-King J.P., van Loon E.E., Rosser G., Chapman S.J. (2015)  From birds to bacteria: Generalised velocity jump process with resting states. Bu;ll Math Biol. DOI 10.1007/s11538-015-0083-7.

Thaxter C.B., Ross-Smith V.H., Bouten W., Clark N.A., Conway G.J., Rehfish M.M. & Burton N.H.K. (2015)  Seabird–wind farm interactions during the breeding season vary within and between years: A case study of lesser black-backed gull Larus fuscus in the UK. Biological Conservation. 186:347-358.

Thaxter C.B., Ross-Smith V.H., Clark J.A. Clark N.A., Conway, G.J. , Marsh M., Leat E.H.K., Burton N.H.K. (2015)  A trial of three harness attachment methods and their suitability for long-term use on Lesser Black-backes Gulls and Great Skuas, Ringing & Migration, DOI 10.1080/03078698.2014.995546

Tyson C., Shamoun-Baranes J., van Loon E.E., Camphuysen C.J. (2015) Individual specialization on fishery discards by lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus). ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2015) DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsv021

Vansteelant W.M.G, Bouten W, Klaassen R.H.G, Koks B.J, Schlaich A.E., van Diermen J., van Loon E.E. & Shamoun-Baranes J. ( 2015) Regional and seasonal flight speeds of soaring migrants and the role of weather conditions at hourly and daily scales.  J. Avian Biol. 46:25-39, DOI: 10.1111/jav.00457


Ens B.J., Bom R.A., Dokter A.M., Oosterbeek K., de Jong J & Bouten W. (2014) Using the UvA Bird Tracking Systeem (UvA-BiTS) in Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus research. Limosa, 87, 117-128. This special issue (87) of Limosa contains 13 papers on tracking of a great variety of species. This special issue can be obtained for 10€ at

Bom R.A., Bouten W., Piersma T., Oosterbeek K., van Gils J.A. (2014) Optimizing acceleration-based movement ethograms: the use of variable-time versus fixed-time segmentation. Movement Ecology, 2-6. DOI:10.1186/2051-3933-3-6

Klaassen R.H.G., Schlaich A.E., Bouten W., Both C., Koks B.J. (2014) First results of year-round tracking of Hen Harriers Circus cyaneus breeding in the agricultural landscape of East-Groningen. Limosa, 87 (2), 135-148. This special issue (87) of Limosa contains 13 papers on tracking of a great variety of species. This special issue can be obtained for 10€ at

Van Gasteren H., Both I., Shamoun-Baranes J.Z., Laloë J.O., Bouten W. (2014) A pilot study on GPS tracking of Common Buzzards Buteo buteo at military airfields to advance bird strike prevention. Limosa, 87 (2), 107-116. This special issue (87) of Limosa contains 13 papers on tracking of a great variety of species. This special issue can be obtained for 10€ at

Wade H.M., Masden E.A.,  Jackson A.C., Thaxter C.B., Burton N.H.K., Bouten W., Furness R.W. (2014) Great skua (Stercorarius skua) movements at sea in relation to marine renewable energy developments. Marine environmental research, 101, 69-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2014.09.003


Bouten W., Baaij E.W., Shamoun-Baranes J., Camphuysen C.J. (2013) A flexible GPS tracking system for studying bird behaviour at multiple scales. J. Ornithology 154: 571-580. DOI 10.1007/s10336-012-0908-1

Dokter A.M., Ebbinge B.S. (2013) Year-round itinerary of a GPS-tracked Brent Goose Branta b. bernicla that visited the Bassin d’Arcachon, France. Wildfowl special issue 3:135–141

Monsarrat S., Benhamo S., Sarrazin F., Bessa-Gomes C., Bouten W., Duriez O. (2013) How Predictability of Feeding Patches Affects Home Range and Foraging Habitat Selection in Avian Social Scavengers? PLoS ONE 8(1): e53077. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0053077


Camphuysen C.J., Shamoun-Baranes J.,Bouten W., Garthe S. (2012) Identifying ecologically important marine areas for seabirds using behavioural information in combination with distribution patterns. Biological Conservation 156:22-29

Shamoun-Baranes J., van Loon E.E., Purves R.S., Speckmann B., Weiskopf D., Camphuysen C.J. (2012) Analysis and visualization of animal movement. Biology Letters 23, vol. 8, no. 1, 6-9. DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0764

Shamoun-Baranes J., Bom, R., van Loon E.E., Ens K., Oosterbeek B.J., Bouten W. (2012) From sensor data to animal behaviour: an oystercatcher example. PLoS One, 7(5). e37997

Tanha J., Van Someren M., De Bakker M., Bouten W., Shamoun-Baranes, J., Afsarmanesh (2012) Multiclass Semi-Supervised Learning for Animal Behavior Recognition from Accelerometer Data. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI), November 2012


Shamoun-Baranes J., Bouten, W., Camphuysen, C.J., Baaij E. (2011) Riding the tide: intriguing observations of gulls resting at sea during breeding. IBIS, 153(2), 411-415


Camphuysen C.J., de Boer P., Bouten W., Gronert A., Shamoun-Baranes J.(2010) Mammalian prey in Laridae: increased predation pressure on mammal populations expected. Lutra 53(1): 5-20