Austria Alps-group

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Study area: Großglockner Höhenstrasse, Salzburger Land, Austria

Research on life history traits and plasticity in high altitudes, Colour marking and monitoring of breeding population.

The Austrian Snowfinch Research Group represents so far a collaboration between voluntary bird ringers and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.

Main goals of the activities

• Breeding biology, ecomorphology and survival;

• Long-term population monitoring to estimate demographic parameters;

• Studies to understand the population dynamics; including deseases;

• Fine scale habitat preferences and feeding ecology in relation to time, snow cover and climate;

• Assessment of the potential impacts of global change on population dynamics;

• To inform the general public about the risks faced by alpine birds due to climate change;


Ongoing monitoring of breeding population since 1980

Former research activity with installing nest boxes between2000-2004 - New research started in 2020

Ringing activity results:

Since last century snowfinches have been ringed at this mountain by Ambros Aichhorn.

His knowledge and expertise and friendship is very important for us.

He gave us much very detailed information on breeding biology and on former distributions of this species, that occurred at lower elevation than nowadays.

With 2000 Rorbert Lindner started research and his PhD with B. Loidl, N. Loidl and CH. Sichler and John Parker on snowfinches at this site.

Since then John Parker has continuously been ringing adults and fledglings every year and has beenmonitoringthe population regularly.

The very good advantage besides this trustful continuous ringing is the amount of very good breeding boxes for the snowfinches that had been established beginning at 2000.

So until today 2020, these boxes were well maintained by John and Ambros and field season started with a prestudy in June 2020 in June to ring youngs and establishing feeding and habitat mapping protocols; There is also Research station house at the site.

We will started research on the above topics beginning 2021.


Coordinator of the Group in Austrian Alps:

• Sabine Hille - Universität für Bodenkultur Wien University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Researchers involved Group (Austrian Alps)

• John Parker (Voluntary field worker - Ringer)

Fanni Iljas (Master student 2020-2021) Universität für Bodenkultur Wien


© author Fränzi Korner

© author Claire Pernollet

© author Fränzi Korner


When you visit the Großglockner Alpine Street and you identify snowfinches with coloured rings and numbers please inform us: Sabine Hille 

Großglockner Höhenstrasse, Salzburger Land, Austria 

© author Sabine Hille