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Selected Publications

Sebastianelli, M., Lukhele, S. M., Secomandi, S., de Souza, S. G., Haase, B., Moysi, M., Nikiforou, C., Hutfluss, A., Mountcastle, J., Balacco, J., Pelan, S., Chow, W., Fedrigo, O., Downs, C. T., Monadjem, A., Dingemanse, N.J., Jarvis, E.D., Brelsford, A, vonHoldt, B.M., Kirschel, A.N.G. 2024. A genomic basis of vocal rhythm in birds. Nature Communications 15: 3095


Serratosa J., et al. 2024. Tracking data highlight the importance of human-induced mortality for large migratory birds at a flyway scale. Biological Conservation 299: 110525.


Kirschel, A. N. G. 2024. Book Review of 'The Voices of Nature: How and Why Animals Communicate. By Nicolas Mathevon. Quarterly Review of Biology 99: 65-66.


Moysi, M., Ogolowa, B. O., Nikiforou, C., Dretakis, M., Brelsford, A., Kirschel, A. N. G. 2023.  Genomic data reveal contrasting patterns of divergence among island and mainland birds of the Eastern Mediterranean. Ibis 165: 829-843.


Sebastianelli, M., Lukhele, S. M., Nwankwo, E. C., Hadjioannou, L., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2022. Continent-wide patterns of song variation predicted by classical rules of biogeography. Ecology Letters 25: 2448-2462.

Patchett, R., Kirschel, A. N. G., Robins King, J., Styles, P. S., and Cresswell, W. 2022. Age-related changes in migratory behaviour within the first annual cycle of a passerine bird. PLoS ONE 17(10): e0273686,

Kirschel, A. N. G.  and Sebastianelli, M. 2022. A reassessment of the East African ranges of two subspecies of Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird Pogoniulus chrysoconus based on a comparison of plumage, biometrics and song. Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology 42: 1-9

Hellicar, M. A., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2022. Influence of grazing and fire on breeding birds and perennial plants in Cyprus scrub and forest systems. Journal for Nature Conservation 68: 126207

Magory Cohen, T., Hauber, M., Akriotis, T., Crochet, P-A., Karris, G., Kirschel, A. N. G., Khoury, F., Menchetti, M., Mori, E., Per, E., Reino, L., Saavedra, S., Santana, J., and Dor, R. 2022. Accelerated avian invasion into the Mediterranean region endangers biodiversity and mandates international collaboration. Journal of Applied Ecology 59: 1440-1455. 

Pallari, C. Th., Christodoulou, V., Koliou, M., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2022. First detection of WNV RNA presence in field-collected mosquitoes in Cyprus. Acta Tropica 231: 106470.

Lukhele, S. M., Widdows, C., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2022. Video evidence of song in a nestling Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus bilineatus) supports innate song development in Piciformes. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 134:358-365.


Patchett, R., Styles, P. S., Robins King, J., Kirschel, A. N. G., and Cresswell, W. 2022. The potential function of post-fledging dispersal behavior in first breeding territory selection for males of a migratory bird. Current Zoology 68: 708-715.


Hadjikyriakou, T. G., Rogers, J. and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2022. Protecting a heterogeneous landscape supports avian diversity across seasons on a Mediterranean island. Journal of Ornithology 163: 373–384.


Lukhele, S. M., Widdows, C., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2022. Nest provisioning and diet of nestling Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus bilineatus. African Journal of Ecology 60: 75-78.

Sebastianelli, M., Blumstein, D. T., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2022. Higher pitched bird song towards the coast supports a role for selection in ocean noise avoidance. Bioacoustics 31: 41-58.

Kirschel, A. N. G., Moysi, M., Lukhele, S. M., Sebastianelli, M., Asfaw, T., Hadjioannou, L., Mortega, K. G., Monadjem, A., and Moyle, R. G. 2021. Taxonomic revision of the Red-fronted Tinkerbird Pogoniulus pusillus (Dumont 1816) based on molecular and phenotypic analysis. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 141:428-442.

Papanikolas, N., Hadjikyriakou, T. G., Sebastianelli, M., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2021. Habitat selection and interspecific competition between Sylvia Warblers in Cyprus following the rapid expansion of a recent colonizer. Avian Conservation and Ecology 16:11.


Patchett, R., Kirschel, A. N. G., Styles, P., Robins King, J., and Cresswell, W. 2021. Female song in the Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca. Journal of Ornithology 162: 1199-1204.


Hellicar, M. A., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2021. Grazing pressure and the interaction dynamics of the endemic Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax and its recently colonizing congener the Sardinian Warbler S. melanocephala. Bird Conservation International 31: 239-254.


Pallari, C.Th., Efstathiou, A., Moysi, M., Papanikolas, N., Christodoulou, V., Mazeris, A. Koliou, M. and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2021. Evidence of West Nile Virus seropositivity in wild birds on the island of Cyprus. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology, and Infectious Diseases 74: 101592.


Kirschel, A. N. G., Nwankwo, E. C., Pierce, D., Lukhele, S. M., Moysi, M., Ogolowa, B. O., Hayes, S. C., Monadjem, A., and Brelsford, A. 2020. CYP2J19 mediates carotenoid colour introgression across a natural avian hybrid zone. Molecular Ecology 29: 4970-4984.


Sebastianelli, M., Savva, G., Moysi, M., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2020.Tape lures swell bycatch on a Mediterranean island harbouring illegal bird trapping. Biology Letters 16: 20200458.


Kirschel, A. N. G., Zanti, Z., Harlow, Z. T., Vallejo, E. E., Cody, M. L., and Taylor, C. E. 2020. Females don’t always sing in response to male song, but when they do, they sing to males with higher pitched songs. Animal Behaviour 166: 129-138.


Hadjikyriakou, T. G., Kassinis, N., Skarlatos, D., Charilaou, P., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2020. Breeding success of Eleonora’s falcon (Falco eleonorae) in Cyprus revisited using survey techniques for cliff-nesting species. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 122: duaa045.


Hadjikyriakou, T. G., Nwankwo, E. C., Virani, M., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2020. Habitat availability influences migration speed, refuelling patterns and seasonal flyways of a fly-and-forage migrant. Movement Ecology 8:10.


Kirschel, A. N. G., Nwankwo, E. C., Seal, N., and Grether, G. F. 2020. Time spent together, and time spent apart affect song, feather color and range overlap in tinkerbirds. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 129: 439-458.


Hadjikyriakou, T. G., Kassara, C., Rene de Roland, L-A., Giokas, S., Tsiopelas, N., Evangelidis, A, Thorstrom, R, and Kirschel, A.N.G. 2020. Phenology, variation in habitat use, and daily activity patterns of Eleonora’s falcon overwintering in Madagascar. Landscape Ecology 35:159-172.


Hellicar, M.A., Honold, J. and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2019. Comparison of land cover and farming intensity based models for mapping High Nature Value farmland in Cyprus. Bird Study 66:317-328.


Kirschel, A. N. G., Seddon, N., and Tobias, J. A. 2019. Range-wide spatial mapping reveals convergent character displacement of bird song. Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) Series B 286:20190443

Peyton, J., et al. 2019. Horizon scanning for invasive alien species with the potential to threaten biodiversity and human health on a Mediterranean island. Biological Invasions 6: 2107–2125.


Nwankwo, E. C., Mortega, K. G., Karageorgos, A., Ogolowa, B. O., Papagregoriou, G., Grether, G. F., Monadjem, A., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2019. Rampant introgressive hybridization in Pogoniulus tinkerbirds (Piciformes: Lybiidae) despite millions of years of divergence. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 127: 125-142.

Kirschel, A. N. G., Nwankwo, E. C., and Gonzalez, J. C. T. 2018. Investigating the status of the enigmatic White-chested Tinkerbird Pogoniulus makawai using molecular analysis of the type specimen. Ibis 160: 673-680.


Nwankwo, E. C., Pallari, C. T., Hadjioannou, L., Ioannou, A., Mulwa, R. K., & Kirschel, A. N. G. 2018. Rapid song divergence leads to discordance between genetic distance and phenotypic characters important in reproductive isolation. Ecology and Evolution; 8:716-731.


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

Clark, C. J.*, Kirschel, A. N. G.*, Hadjioannou, L., and Prum, R. O. 2016. Smithornis broadbills produce loud wing song by aerolastic flutter of primary wing feathers. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 1069-1075. *Co-corresponding authors.

Hadjikyriakou, T. G., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2016. Video evidence confirms cannibalism in Eleonora’s Falcon. Journal of Raptor Research 50: 220-223.

Smith, T. B., Harrigan, R. J., Kirschel, A. N. G., Buermann, W., Saatchi, S. Blumstein, D. T., de   Kort, S. R., and Slabbekoorn, H. 2013. Predicting Bird Song from Space. Evolutionary Applications 6: 865-874.


Grether, G. F., Anderson, C. N., Drury, J.P., Kirschel, A. N. G., Losin, N., Okamoto, K., and Peiman, K. 2013. The evolutionary consequences of interspecific aggression. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1289:48-68.


Kirschel, A. N. G., Slabbekoorn, H., Blumstein, D. T., Cohen, R. E., De Kort, S. R., Buermann, W., and Smith, T. B. 2011. Testing alternative hypotheses for evolutionary diversification in an African songbird: Rainforest refugia versus ecological gradients. Evolution 65: 3162-3174.


Blumstein D.T, Mennill, D. J., Clemins, P., Girod, L., Yao, K., Patricelli, G., Deppe, J. L., Krakauer, A. H., Clark, C., Cortopassi, K. A., Hanser, S. F., McCowan, B., Mantik Ali, A., and Kirschel, A. N. G. 2011. Acoustic monitoring in terrestrial environments: applications technological considerations, and prospectus. Journal of Applied Ecology  48: 758-767.


Kirschel, A. N. G., Cody, M. L., Harlow, Z. T., Promponas, V., Vallejo, E. E., and Taylor, C. E. 2011. Territorial dynamics of Mexican Antthrushes (Formicarius moniliger) revealed by individual recognition of their songs. Ibis 153: 255-268.


Collier, T. C., Kirschel, A. N. G., and Taylor, C. E. 2010. Acoustic localization of antbirds in a                Mexican rainforest using a wireless sensor network. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America128:182-189.


Kirschel, A. N. G., Blumstein, D. T., and Smith, T. B. 2009. Character displacement of song and     morphology in African tinkerbirds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106: 8256-8261.


Kirschel, A. N. G., Blumstein, D. T., Cohen, R. E., Buermann, W., Smith, T. B., and Slabbekoorn, H.           2009. Birdsong tuned to the environment: green hylia song varies with elevation, tree cover, and noise. Behavioral Ecology 20:1089-1095.


Trifa, V. M., Kirschel, A. N. G., Taylor, C. E., and Vallejo, E. 2008. Automated species recognition of    antbirds in a Mexican rainforest using Hidden Markov Models. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 123:2424-2431.

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