Publications from the long-term study of Blue and Great Tits since 1980,
by subject area
see also Publications Since 1990

  1. Dhondt, A. A. & R. Eyckerman. 1980. Competition and the regulation of numbers in Great and Blue Tit. Ardea 68: 121- 132.
  2. Dhondt, A. A. & R. Eyckerman. 1980. Competition between Great Tit and the Blue Tit outside the breeding season in field experiments. Ecology 61: 1291-1296.
  3. Dhondt, A. A. & G. Olaerts. 1980. Ringing dates of first broods of the Great Tit in different parts of Belgium and in relation to spring temperatures. Giervalk 70: 113-118.
  4. Dhondt, A. A. 1981. Postnuptial moult of the Great Tit in Southern Sweden. Ornis Scandinavica 12: 127-133.
  5. Dhondt, A. A. & G. Olaerts. 1981. Variations in survival and dispersal with ringing date as shown by recoveries of Belgian Great Tits Parus major. The Ibis 123: 96-98
  6. De Laet, J., A. A. Dhondt & J. De Boever. 1985. Variations in plasma testosterone levels in a Great Tit population. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 59: 277-286.
  7. Dhondt, A. A. 1985. The effect of interspecific competition on numbers in bird populations. Acta XVIII Congressus Internationalis Ornithologicus , pp. 792-796.
  8. Dhondt, A.A. 1988. De Koolmees. in: J. Desmet (ed.)Dierenlevens, pp. 36-39. Lannoo, Tielt.
  9. Dhondt, A.A. 1989. Ecological and evolutionary effects of interspecific competition in tits, Parus spp. The Wilson Bulletin 101:198-216.
  10. Dhondt, A.A. 1989. Matkop Parus montanus. in: Vogels in Vlaanderen. Voorkomen en verspreiding. I.M.P., p.343-344.
  11. Dhondt, A.A. 1989. Kuifmees Parus cristatus. in: Vogels in Vlaanderen. Voorkomen en verspreiding. I.M.P., p.344-345.
  12. Dhondt, A.A. 1989. Pimpelmees Parus caeruleus. in: Vogels in Vlaanderen. Voorkomen en verspreiding. I.M.P., p.346-347.
  13. Dhondt, A.A. 1989. Koolmees Parus major. in: Vogels in Vlaanderen. Voorkomen en verspreiding. I.M.P., p.348.
  14. Dhondt, A.A., E. Matthysen, F. Adriaensen, & M.M. Lambrechts. 1990. Population dynamics and regulation of a high density Blue Tit population. in: NATO ASI Series, Vol. G 24, Population Biology of Passerine Birds. Edited by J. Blondel et al. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp.39-53
  15. Dhondt, A.A., B. Kempenaers & J. De Laet. 1991. Protected winter roosting sites as a limiting resource for Blue Tits. Acta XX Congressus Internationalis Ornithologici : 1436-1443.
  16. Kempenaers, B.& A.A. Dhondt. 1991. Competition between blue and great tit for roosting sites in winter: an aviary experiment. Ornis Scandinavica 22: 73-75.
  17. Dhondt, A.A., B. Kempenaers & F. Adriaensen. 1992. Density-dependent clutch size caused by habitat heterogeneity. Journal of Animal Ecology 61 : 643-648.
  18. Kempenaers, B.& A.A. Dhondt. 1992. Experimental test of an hypothesis explaining density dependent clutch-size in tits Parus spp. Ibis 134: 192-194
  19. Lens, L. & A.A. Dhondt. 1992. The effect of a severe storm on a population of Crested Tits Parus cristatus in Belgium. Bird Study 39:31-33.
  20. Lens, L. & A. A. Dhondt. 1992. Variation in coherence of crested tit winter flocks: an example of multivariate optimization. Acta Oecologica 13: 553-567.
  21. Dhondt, A.A. & F. Adriaensen. 1999. Experiments on competition between Great and Blue Tit: Effects on Blue Tit reproductive success and population processes. Ostrich 70: 39-48.

  1. Adriaensen, F., A.A. Dhondt, S. Van Dongen, L. Lens & E. Matthysen. 1998. Stabilising selection on Blue Tit fledgling mass in the presence of sparrowhawks. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B Biological Sciences. 265: 1011-1016.
  2. Dhondt, A.A., B. Kempenaers & J. Clobert. 1998. Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus predation and Blue Tit Parus caeruleus adult annual survival rate. Ibis 140: 580-584

  1. Nour, N., E. Matthysen & A.A.Dhondt. 1993. Artificial nest predation and habitat fragmentation: different trends in bird and mammal predators. Ecography 16: 111-116.
  2. Matthysen, E., L. Lens, S. Van Dongen, G.R.Verheyen, L.A.Wauters, F. Adriaensen & A.A.Dhondt. 1995. Diverse effects of forest fragmentation on a number of animal species. Belgian Journal of Zoology 125: 175-183.
  3. Matthysen, E., F. Adriaensen & A.A.Dhondt. 1995. Dispersal distances of Nuthatches, Sitta europaea, in a highly fragmented forest habitat. Oikos 72: 375-381.
  4. Nour, N., E. Matthysen & A.A. Dhondt. 1997. Effects of habitat fragmentation on foraging behaviour of tits and related species: Does niche space vary in relation to size and degree of isolation of forest fragments? Ecography 20: 281-286.
  5. Nour, N., J. Suhonen, R. Van Damme, E. Matthysen & A.A. Dhondt. 1997. Does the dominant nuthatch Sitta europaea affect the foraging behaviour of the subordinate treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla in small forest fragments? Ardea 85: 259-268.
  6. Nour, N., D. Currie, E. Matthysen, R.Van Damme. & A.A. Dhondt. 1998 . Effects of habitat fragmentation on provisioning rates, diet and breeding success in two species of tit (great tit and blue tit). Oecologia (Berlin). 114: 522-530.
  7. Erik Matthysen, Frank Adriaensen & André A. Dhondt. 2000. Local recruitment of great and blue tits (Parus major, P. caeruleus) in relation to study plot size and degree of isolation. Ecography 23:

  1. Dhondt, A. A. 1982. Heritability of Blue Tit tarsus length from normal and cross-fostered broods. Evolution 36: 418- 419.
  2. Verheyen, G.R., B. Kempenaers, T. Burke, M. Van den Broeck, C. Van Broeckhoven & A.A. Dhondt. 1994. Identification of hypervariable single locus minisatellite DNA probes in the blue tit Parus caeruleus. Molecular Ecology 3: 137-143.
  3. Verheyen, G.R., Kempenaers, B., Adriansen, F.,Van Den Broeck, M., Matthysen,E., Van Broeckhoven, C. & Dhondt, A.A. 1995. The genetic structure of Parus caeruleus (blue tit) populations as revealed by minisatellite single locus probes. Heredity 75: 571-577.
  4. Kempenaers, B., F. Adriaensen, A. J. van Noordwijk & A.A. Dhondt. 1996. Genetic similarity, inbreeding and hatching failure in blue tits: Are unhatched eggs infertile? Proc. Royal Soc. London, Series B Biological Sciences 263: 179-185.
  5. Verheyen G.R., Matthysen E., Adriaensen F., Van Broeckhoven C. & A.A. Dhondt. 1997. Differentiation among Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) populations measured with five minisatellite single locus probes. Belgian J. Zool. 127: 179-189.

  1. Dhondt, A. A., J. Schillemans & J. De Laet. 1982. Blue Tit territories at different density levels. Ardea 70: 185-188.
  2. Dhondt, A. A., R. Eyckerman & J. Schillemans. 1983. Polygyny by Blue Tits. British Birds 76: 34-37.
  3. Dhondt, A. A. 1987. Blue Tits are polygynous but Great Tits monogamous: does the polygyny threshold model hold? The American Naturalist, 129: 213-220
  4. Dhondt, A. A. 1987. Reproduction and survival of polygynous and monogamous Blue Tit Parus caeruleus. Ibis 129:327- 334
  5. Dhondt, A.A. 1991. How unreliable are cuckoldry estimates using heritability analyses? Ibis 113: 91-94.
  6. Kempenaers, B., G.R. Verheyen, M. Van den Broeck, T. Burke, C. Van Broeckhoven & A.A. Dhondt. 1992. Extra-pair paternity caused by female preference in the Blue Tit. Nature (London) 357: 494-496.
  7. Kempenaers, B. & A.A.Dhondt. 1993. Why do females engage in extra-pair copulations? A review of the hypotheses and their predictions. Belgian Journal of Zoology 123: 41-51.
  8. Dhondt, A.A. & F. Adriaensen. 1994. Causes and effects of divorce in the Blue Tit Parus caeruleus L. Journal of Animal Ecology 63: 979-987.
  9. Dhondt, A.A., F. Adriaensen & W. Plompen. 1996. Between- and within population variation in mate fidelity in the Great Tit. in: Partnerships in Birds J.M. Black (ed.). Oxford University Press, pp. 235-248.
  10. Kempenaers, B., G.R. Verheyen & A.A.Dhondt. 1995. Mate guarding and copulation behaviour in monogamous and polygynous blue tits: do males follow a best-of-a-bad-job strategy? Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 36: 33-42
  11. Kempenaers, B., G.R. Verheyen and A.A. Dhondt. 1997. Extrapair paternity in the blue tit (Parus caeruleus): female choice, male characteristics and offspring quality. Behavioral Ecology 8: 481-492.
  12. Kempenaers, B., Adriaensen, F. & Dhondt, A.A. 1998. Inbreeding and divorce in blue and great tits. Animal Behaviour 56:737-740.

  1. Dhondt, A. A. & R. Eyckerman. 1978. Tits sitting on empty nests. British Birds 71: 600.
  2. Dhondt, A. A. & R. Eyckerman. 1979. Temperature and date of laying by tits Parus spp. Ibis 121: 329-331.
  3. Dhondt, A. A., R. Eyckerman & J. Hublé . 1983. Laying interruptions in Tits Parus spp. Ibis 125: 370 -376.
  4. Dhondt,A. A. & J. Schillemans. 1983. Reproductive success of the Great Tit in relation to its territorial status. Animal Behaviour 31: 902-912.
  5. Dhondt, A. A., R. Eyckerman, R. Moermans & J. Hublé . 1984. Habitat and laying date in Great and Blue Tit. Ibis 126: 388-397.
  6. Dhondt, A. A. 1985. Do old Great Tits forego breeding? The Auk 102: 870-872.
  7. Dhondt,A.A. 1989. The effect of old age on the reproduction of Great and Blue Tit. Ibis 131: 268-280.
  8. De Laet, J. & A.A. Dhondt. 1989. Weight loss of the female during the first brood as a factor influencing second brood initiation in Great Tit Parus major and Blue Tit P.caeruleus. Ibis , 131: 281-289.

  1. Bijnens, L. & A. A. Dhondt. 1984. Vocalisations in a Belgian Blue Tit population. Giervalk 74: 243-269.
  2. Lambrechts, M. & A. A. Dhondt. 1986. Male quality, reproduction and survival in the Great Tit. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 19: 57-63
  3. Lambrechts, M. & A.A. Dhondt. 1987. Differences in singing performance between male Great Tits. Ardea 75:43-52
  4. Lambrechts, M. & A.A. Dhondt. 1988. Male quality and territory quality in the great tit Parus major. Animal Behaviour 36: 596-601
  5. Lambrechts, M. & A.A. Dhondt. 1988. The anti-exhaustion hypothesis: a new hypothesis to explain song performance and song switching in the great tit. Animal Behaviour 36: 327- 334
  6. Dhondt, A.A., M. Lambrechts & L. Bijnens. 1989. Acoustical communication in birds and its differences from human language. in: J. Wind, E.G. Pulleyblank, E. de Grolier & B.H.Bichakjian (eds.) "Studies in Language Origins, Volume 1", pp. 273-281. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  7. Lambrechts, M.M. & A.A.Dhondt. 1990. A relationship between the composition and size of great tit song repertoires. Animal Behaviour, 39: 213-218.
  8. Dhondt, A.A. & M.M. Lambrechts. 1991. The many meanings of great tit song. Belgian Journal of Zoology 121: 247-256.
  9. Dhondt, A.A. & M.M. Lambrechts. 1992. Individual voice recognition in birds. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 7:178-179
  10. Lambrechts, M.M. & A.A.Dhondt. 1995. Individual voice discrimination in birds. in: Power, D. M (ed.) Current Ornithology, vol. 12., 115-139

  1. Dhondt, A.A. 1989. Blue Tit. in: Newton, I. (ed.) Lifetime Reproduction in Birds, pp.15-33. Academic Press.
  2. Dhondt, A.A., F. Adriaensen, E.Matthysen & B. Kempenaers. 1990. Non-adaptive clutch-sizes in tits: evidence for the gene flow hypothesis. Nature, London 348: 723-725.
  3. Matthysen, E., A.A. Dhondt & F. Adriaensen. 1991. Sexual dimorphism in bill length and breeding success in Great and Blue Tits (Parus major, P.caeruleus). Ornis Scandinavica 22: 171-173.
  4. Dhondt, A.A. 2001 Life history trade-offs in tits. Ardea (in press)