Unravelling migration connectivity reveals unsustainable hunting of the declining ortolan bunting

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In France, illegal hunting of the endangered ortolan bunting Emberiza hortulana has been defended for the sake of tradition and gastronomy. Hunters argued that ortolan buntings trapped in southwest France originate from large and stable populations across the whole of Europe. Yet, the European Commission referred France to the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) in December 2016 for infringements to legislation (IP/16/4213). To better assess the impact of hunting in France, we combined Pan-European data from archival light loggers, stable isotopes, and genetics to determine the migration strategy of the species across continents. Ortolan buntings migrating through France come from northern and western populations, which are small, fragmented and declining. Population viability modeling further revealed that harvesting in southwest France is far from sustainable and increases extinction risk. These results provide the sufficient scientific evidence for justifying the ban on ortolan harvesting in France.


  • Frédéric Jiguet
  • Alexandre Robert
  • Romain Lorrillière
  • Keith A. Hobson
  • Kevin J. Kardynal
  • Raphaël Arlettaz
  • Franz Bairlein
  • Viktor Belik
  • Petra Bernardy
  • José Luis Copete
  • Michel Alexandre Czajkowski
  • Svein Dale
  • Valery Dombrovski
  • Delphine Ducros
  • Ron Efrat
  • Jaanus Elts
  • Yves Ferrand
  • Riho Marja
  • Simonas Minkevicius
  • Marc Pérez
  • Markus Piha
  • Marko Rakovic
  • Heiko Schmaljohann
  • Tuomas Seimola
  • Gunnar Selstam
  • Jean Philippe Siblet
  • Michal Skierczyski
  • Alexandr Sokolov
  • Jan Sondell
  • Caroline Moussy
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Externa organisationer
  • Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Sorbonne Universités)
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Bern
  • The Swiss Ornithological Institute
  • Heligoland Bird Observatory
  • Southern Federal University
  • Lynx Edicions
  • Migratory Birds of the Western Palearctic (OMPO)
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • University of Toulouse
  • Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • Estonian Ornithological Society
  • University of Tartu
  • National Hunting and Wildlife Agency (Oncfs)
  • Estonian Environment Agency
  • Finnish Museum of Natural History
  • Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
  • Umeå University
  • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  • Belogorie State Nature Reserve
  • Kvismare Bird Observatory
  • BirdLife International
  • University of Paris-Sud
  • University of Paris-Saclay
  • Environment Canada
  • Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
  • No affiliation available (private)
  • Natural History Museum of Belgrade
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Zoologi
  • Vilt- och fiskeförvaltning
TidskriftScience Advances
StatusPublished - 2019
Peer review utfördJa