Research papers in refereed journal

1. Barani-Beiranvand, H., Aliabadian, M., Irestedt, M., Qu, Y., Darvish, J., Székely, T., van Dijk, R.E. & Ericson, P. 2017. Phylogeny of Penduline Tits inferred from mitochondrial and microsatellite genotyping. Journal of Avian Biology 48: 1-9 pdf

2. Ball, A.D., van Dijk, R.E., Lloyd, P., Pogány, Á., Dawson, D.A., Dorus, S., Bowie, R.C.K., Burke, T. & Székely, T. 2017. Levels of extra-pair paternity are associated with parental care in penduline tits (Remizidae). Ibis 159: 449-455 pdf

3. Argüelles-Ticó, A., Küpper, C., Kelsh, R.N., Kosztolányi, A., Székely, T. and van Dijk, R.E. 2016. Geographic variation in breeding system and environment predicts melanin-based plumage ornamentation of male and female Kentish plovers. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70: 49-60 pdf

4. Acker, P., Grégoire, A., Rat, M., Spottiswoode, C.N., van Dijk, R.E., Paquet, M., Kaden, J.C., Pradel, R., Hatchwell, B.J., Covas, R. and Doutrelant, C. 2015.  Disruptive viability selection on a black plumage trait associated with dominance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 2027-2041 pdf

5. van Dijk, R.E., Covas, R., Doutrelant, C., Spottiswoode, C.N. and Hatchwell, B.J. 2015. Fine-scale genetic structure reflects sex-specific dispersal strategies in a population of sociable weavers (Philetairus socius). Molecular Ecology 24: 4296-4311 pdf

6. van Dijk, R.E., Robles, R., Groothuis, A.G.G., de Vries, B. and Eising, C.M. 2015. Reproductive effort of both male and female Bar-throated Apalis Apalis thoracica is predicted by ornamentation of self and mate. Ibis 157: 731-742 pdf

7. Rat, M., van Dijk, R.E., Covas, R. and Doutrelant, C. 2015. Dominance hierarchies and associated signalling in a cooperative passerine. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69: 437-448 pdf

8. van Dijk, R.E., Kaden, J.C., Argüelles-Ticó, A., Dawson, D.A., Burke, T. and Hatchwell, B.J. 2014. Cooperative investment in public goods is kin-directed in communal nests of social birds. Ecology Letters 17: 1141-1148 pdf
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9. Pogány, Á., van Dijk, R.E., Menyhárt, O., DeVoogd, T.J. and Székely, T. 2013. Acoustic signalling in Eurasian penduline tits Remiz pendulinus: repertoire size signals male nest defence. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 59: 81-96 pdf

10. van Dijk, R.E., Kaden, J.C., Argüelles-Ticó, A., Beltrán, L.M., Paquet, M., Covas, R., Doutrelant, C. and Hatchwell, B. 2013. The thermoregulatory benefits of the communal nest of sociable weavers (Philetairus socius) are spatially structured within nests. Journal of Avian Biology 44: 102-110 pdf

11. van Dijk, R.E., Eising, C.M., Merrill, R.M., Karadas, F., Hatchwell, B.J. and Spottiswoode, C.N. 2013. Maternal effects in the highly communal sociable weaver may exacerbate brood reduction and prepare offspring for a competitive social environment. Oecologia 171: 379-389 pdf

12. Pogány, Á., van Dijk, R.E. and Székely, T. 2012. Parental behavior and reproductive output in male-only cared and female-only cared clutches in the Eurasian penduline tit (Remiz pendulinus). Auk 129:773-781 pdf

13. van Dijk, R.E., Komdeur, J. and Székely, T. 2012. Nest attendance does not predict offspring desertion by Eurasian penduline tit parents. Ethology 118: 703-710 pdf

14. van Dijk, R.E., Székely, T., Komdeur, J., Pogány, Á., Fawcett, T.W. and Weissing, F.J. 2012. Individual variation and the resolution of conflict over parental care in penduline tits. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279: 1927-1936 pdf
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15. van Dijk, R.E., Pogány, Á., Komdeur, J., Lloyd, P. and Székely, T. 2010. Sexual conflict predicts morphology and behaviour in two species of penduline tits. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 107 pdf

16. van Dijk, R.E., Mészáros, L.A., van der Velde, M., Székely, T., Pogány, Á., Szabad, J. and Komdeur, J. 2010. Nest desertion is not predicted by cuckoldry in the Eurasian penduline tit. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64: 1425-1435 pdf

17. van Dijk, R.E., Brinkhuizen, D.M., Székely, T. and Komdeur, J. 2010. Parental care strategies in Eurasian penduline tit are not related to breeding densities and mating opportunities. Behaviour 147: 1551-1565 pdf

18. van Dijk, R.E., Komdeur, J., van der Velde, M., Szentirmai, I., Yang, X., ffrench-Constant, R. and Székely, T. 2008. Offspring sex ratio in the sequentially polygamous penduline tit Remiz pendulinus. Journal of Ornithology 149: 521-527 pdf

19. van Dijk, R.E., Pilon, A.E., Szentirmai, I., Székely, T. and Komdeur, J. 2008. The influence of habitat structure on sexual conflict over care in penduline tits Remiz pendulinus. Ardea 96: 3-11 pdf

20. van Dijk, R.E. and Székely, T. 2008. Post-fertilization reproductive strategies. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester pdf

21. van Dijk, R.E., Szentirmai, I., Komdeur, J. and Székely, T. 2007. Sexual conflict over parental care in penduline tits Remiz pendulinus: the process of clutch desertion. Ibis 149: 530-534 pdf

22. Bouwman, K.M., van Dijk, R.E., Wijmenga, J.J. and Komdeur, J. 2007. Older male reed buntings are more successful at gaining extrapair fertilizations. Animal Behaviour 73: 15-27 pdf


Professional publications & reviews

1. van Dijk, R.E. 2014. Sociable weaver research at Benfontein. The Diamond Route Newsletter September

2. van Dijk, R.E. 2014. Biggest bird nests in the world are kept together by family ties. The Conversation 8 July

3. van Dijk, R.E. and Hatchwell, B.J. 2012. In the thick of it – The benefits of the massive, thatched nests of Sociable Weavers. African BirdLife 1: 36-40

4. Bot, S., Brinkhuizen, D.M., Pogány, Á., Székely, T. and van Dijk, R.E. 2011. Penduline tits in Eurasia: distribution, identification and systematics. Dutch Birding 33: 177-187

5. Bot, S. and van Dijk, R.E. 2009. Black-headed Penduline Tits Remiz macronyx in Kazakhstan. Sandgrouse 31: 171-176

6. van Dijk, R.E. and Pogány, Á. 2008. Strategic differences – the battle of the sexes in penduline-tits. Africa Birds & Birding 13: 52-55

7. van Dijk, R.E. 2008. PhD-dissertation review: ‘Sexual selection and reproductive strategies in songbirds – territoriality, mate attraction, parentage and parental care’ by M.L. Berg, University of Groningen. Ardea 96: 145-147


click here to download my PhD-thesis ‘Sexual conflict over parental care in penduline tits’


A video-analysis program courtesy of Johan van der Dennen.
This program is extremely useful for, but not restricted to, the analyses of nest videos. It automatically registers movement at the nest and records the frame number and time of movement registration, which can be saved as a .txt file. Individual frames can be viewed and browsed through in Wevers. Sensitivity and speed (and thus accuracy) of analysis can be set. Identification of individuals can be done ‘manually’ using either the viewer in Wevers or regular video-playback software. Currently, only video recordings in the .avi format can be read. All downloaded files should be extracted and saved in the same folder somewhere on your computer.

Contact me to obtain this program for free and for further information and instructions.

DISCLAIMER: Automated analyses of videos should be carefully checked. We do not accept any responsibility for the incorrect use of this program or interpretation of data generated.
You are welcome to request and use this program for the analysis of nest videos with acknowledgement of its programmer Johan van der Dennen and reference to this website.

Penduline tit field guide

click here to download our field guide to study penduline tits


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