RNDr. Petr Procházka, Ph.D.

Position: full-time researcher
Research topics: behavioural ecology and migration of birds
Department: Research facility Brno
Phone: +420 543 422 550
Mobile: +420 723 422 117
E-mail: prochazkaivb.cz

Research interests

Adopting different approaches I am investigating various aspects of brood parasitism and migratory connectivity in birds and their consequences for reproductive performance and population ecology.

Petr Procházka

Running Projects

Linking events through the annual cycle: the importance of carry-over effects for the ecology of migratory birds

Finished Projects

European Reed Warbler populations across a migratory divide: insights into migration by analyses of DNA sequences, stable isotopes and ringing recoveries

Geographical gradients of avian diversity in sub-Saharan Africa: A life history perspective

The importance of migratory connectivity for the population ecology of long-distance migrants: a model study on the Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)

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Current students

  • Lukáš Kulísek: Host nest predation by brood parasites: critical assessment of current hypotheses, (BSc. thesis).
  • Vojtěch Brlík:A meta-analysis of the effects of geolocator application on passerine birds, (BSc.thesis).
  • Mgr. Kateřina Sosnovcová: Factors affecting population ecology of long-distance migratory birds, (Ph.D. thesis).

Former students

  • Mgr. Václav Jelínek: The role of the nest in the reproduction of the great reed warbler, (Ph.D. thesis).
  • Petra Baslerová, 2014: Factors affecting breeding and natal dispersal in the great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus).
  • Lucie Halová, 2013: Proximate factors affecting nestling begging in passerines and their broodparasites.
  • Michal Šulc, 2012: The role of UV reflection in parasitic egg rejection in the reed warbler
  • Drahomíra Fainová, 2008: Genetic variation and differentiation of Eurasian reed warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) populations
  • Richard Policht, 2004: Migration of the reed warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) in the Czech Republic and Slovakia



Procházka P., Hahn S., Rolland S., van der Jeugd H., Csörgő T., Jiguet F., Mokwa T., Liechti F., Vangeluwe D., Korner-Nievergelt F.: Delineating large-scale migratory connectivity of reed warblers using integrated multistate models, Diversity and Distributions 23 (2017) 27-40.


Adamík P., Emmenegger T., Briedis M., Gustafsson L., Henshaw I., Krist M., Laaksonen T., Liechti F., Procházka P., Salewski V., Hahn S.: Barrier crossing in small avian migrants: individual tracking reveals prolonged nocturnal flights into the day as a common migratory strategy, Scientific Reports 6 (2016) 21560.

Igic B., Hauber M. E., Moskát C., Grim T., Shawkey M. D., Procházka P., Honza M.: Brood parasite and host eggshells undergo similar levels of decalcification during embryonic development, Journal of Zoology (2016) .

Jelínek V., Karasová T., Weidinger K., Procházka P., Honza M.: Do common cuckoo chicks suffer nest predation more than host nestlings?, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70 (2016) 1975-1987.

Jelínek V., Požgayová M., Honza M., Procházka P.: Nest as an extended phenotype signal of female quality in the great reed warbler, Journal of avian biology 47 (2016) 428-437.

Koleček J., Procházka P., El-Arabany N., Tarka M., Ilieva M., Hahn S., Honza M., de la Puente J., Bermejo A., Gürsoy A., Bensch S., Zehtindjiev P., Hasselquist D., Hansson B.: Cross-continental migratory connectivity and spatiotemporal migratory patterns in the great reed warbler, Journal of avian biology 47 (2016) 756-767.

Reifová R., Majerová V., Reif J., Ahola M., Lindholm A., Procházka P.: Patterns of gene flow and selection across multiple species of Acrocephalus warblers: footprints of parallel selection on the Z chromosome, BMC Evolutionary Biology 16 (2016) 130.

Šulc M., Procházka P., Čapek M., Honza M.: Common cuckoo females are not choosy when removing an egg during parasitism, Behavioral Ecology 27 (2016) 1642-1649.

Šulc M., Procházka P., Čapek M., Honza M.: Birds use eggshell UV reflectance when recognizing non-mimetic parasitic eggs, Behavioral Ecology 27 (2016) 677-684.

Trnka A., Požgayová M., Procházka P., Čapek M., Honza M.: Chemical defence in avian brood parasites: production and function of repulsive secretions in common cuckoo chicks, Journal of avian biology 47 (2016) 288-293.


Abraham M., Požgayová M., Procházka P., Piálková R., Honza M.: Is there a sex-specific difference between parasitic chicks in begging behaviour?, Journal of Ethology 33 (2015) 151-158.

Honza M., Feikusová K., Procházka P., Picman J.: How to hatch from the Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) egg: implications of strong eggshells for the hatching muscle (musculus complexus), Journal of Ornithology 156 (2015) 679-685.

Jelínek V., Procházka P., Honza M.: Experimental enlargement of nest size does not increase risk of predation or brood parasitism in the Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Ibis 157 (2015) 396-400.

Koleček J., Jelínek V., Požgayová M., Trnka A., Baslerová P., Honza M., Procházka P.: Breeding success and brood parasitism affect return rate and dispersal distances in the great reed warbler, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69 (2015) 1845-1853.

Petrusková T., Diblíková L., Pipek P., Frauendorf E., Procházka P., Petrusek A.: A review of the distribution of Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) dialects in Europe reveals the lack of a clear macrogeographic pattern, Journal of Ornithology 156 (2015) 263-273.

Požgayová M., Beňo R., Procházka P., Jelínek V., Abraham M., Honza M.: Lazy males and hardworking females? Sexual conflict over parental care in a brood parasite host and its consequences for chick growth, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69 (2015) 1053-1061.


Grim T., Samaš P., Procházka P., Rutila J.: Are tits really unsuitable hosts for the Common Cuckoo?, Ornis Fennica 91 (2014) 166-177.

Honza M., Šulc M., Jelínek V., Požgayová M., Procházka P.: Brood parasites lay eggs matching the appearance of host clutches, Proceedings of the Royal Society. B - Biological Sciences 281 (2014) 20132665.

Jelínek V., Procházka P., Požgayová M., Honza M.: Common cuckoos Cuculus canorus change their nest-searching strategy according to the number of available host nests, Ibis 156 (2014) 189-197.

Procházka P., Kralj J., Pearson D. J., Yohannes E.: Moulting and wintering grounds of Marsh Warblers Acrocephalus palustris: evidence from stable isotopes and ring recoveries, Acta Ornithologica 49 (2014) 193-200.

Procházka P., Konvičková-Patzenhauerová H., Požgayová M., Trnka A., Jelínek V., Honza M.: Host genotype and age have no effect on rejection of parasitic eggs, Naturwissenschaften 101 (2014) 417-426.


Požgayová M., Procházka P., Honza M.: Is shared male assistance with antiparasitic nest defence costly in the polygynous great reed warbler?, Animal Behaviour 85 (2013) 615-621.

Procházka P., Van Wilgenburg S. L., Neto J. M., Yosef R., Hobson K. A.: Using stable hydrogen isotopes (delta2H) and ring recoveries to trace natal origins in a Eurasian passerine with a migratory divide, Journal of avian biology 44 (2013) 541-550.

Schovancová K., Pomajbíková K., Procházka P., Modrý D., Bolechová P., Petrželková K.: Preliminary Insights into the Impact of Dietary Starch on the Ciliate, Neobalantidium coli, in Captive Chimpanzees, PLoS ONE 8 (2013) .


Honza M., Procházka P., Požgayová M.: Within- and between-season repeatability of eggshell colouration in the great reed warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Journal of avian biology 43 (2012) 91-96.

Honza M., Procházka P., Požgayová M.: Do weather conditions affect the colouration of great reed warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus eggs?, Folia zoologica 61 (2012) 219-224.

Najer T., Sychra O., Literák I., Procházka P., Čapek M., Koubek P.: Chewing lice (Phthiraptera) from wild birds in Senegal, with descriptions of three new species of the genera Brueelia and Philopteroides, Acta Parasitologica 57 (2012) 90-98.

Neto J. M., Arroyo J. L., Bargain B., Monrós J. S., Mátrai N., Procházka P., Zehtindjiev P.: Phylogeography of a habitat specialist with high dispersal capability: the Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinioides, PLoS ONE 7 (2012) .

Procházka P., Jelínek V., Požgayová M., Honza M.: Jak určovat stáří rákosníků velkých (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) po úplném pelichání, Sylvia 48 (2012) 57-73.

Trnka A., Požgayová M., Procházka P., Prokop P., Honza M.: Breeding success of a brood parasite is associated with social mating status of its host, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66 (2012) 1187-1194.


Avilés J. M., Vikan J. R., Fossoy F., Antonov A., Moksnes A., Roskaft E., Shykoff J.A., Moller A. P., Jensen H., Procházka P., Stokke B. G.: The common cuckoo Cuculus canorus is not locally adapted to its reed warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus host, Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24 (2011) 314-325.

Honza M., Požgayová M., Procházka P., Cherry M. I.: Blue-green eggshell coloration is not a sexually selected signal of female quality in an open-nesting polygynous passerine, Naturwissenschaften 98 (2011) 493-499.

Honza M., Procházka P., Morongová K., Čapek M., Jelínek V.: Do nest light conditions affect rejection of parasitic eggs? A test of the light environment hypothesis, Ethology 117 (2011) 539-546.

Polačiková L., Hauber M. E., Procházka P., Cassey P., Honza M., Grim T.: A sum of its individual parts? Relative contributions of different eggshell regions to intraclutch variation in birds, Journal of avian biology 42 (2011) 370-373.

Požgayová M., Procházka P., Polačiková L., Honza M.: Closer clutch inspection—quicker egg ejection: timing of host responses toward parasitic eggs, Behavioral Ecology 22 (2011) 46-51.

Procházka P., Stokke B. G., Jensen H., Fainová D., Bellinvia E., Fossoy F., Vikan J. R., Bryja J., Soler M.: Low genetic differentiation among reed warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus populations across Europe, Journal of avian biology 42 (2011) 103-113.


Čapek M., Požgayová M., Procházka P., Honza M.: Repeated presentations of the Common Cuckoo increase nest defense by the Eurasian Reed Warbler but do not induce it to make recognition errors, Condor 112 (2010) 763-769.

Honza M., Procházka P., Šicha V., Požgayová M.: Nest defence in a cuckoo host: great reed warblers risk themselves equally for their own and parasitic chicks, Behaviour 147 (2010) 741-756.

Kralj J., Procházka P., Fainová D., Patzenhauerová H., Tutiš V.: Intraspecific variation in the wing shape and genetic differentiation of Reed Warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus in Croatia, Acta Ornithologica 45 (2010) 51-58.

Polačiková L., Stokke B. G., Procházka P., Honza M., Moksnes A., Roskaft E.: The role of blunt egg pole characteristics for recognition of eggs in the song thrush (Turdus philomelos), Behaviour 147 (2010) 465-478.

Procházka P., Reif J., Hořák D., Klvaňa P., Lee R. W., Yohannes E.: Using stable isotopes to trace resource acquisition and trophic position in four Afrotropical birds with different diets, Ostrich 81 (2010) 273-275.

Sychra O., Barlev E., Literák I., Čapek M., Koubek P., Procházka P.: The chewing lice (Phthiraptera) of red-billed quelea (Quelea quelea) in Senegal, with a description of a new species, African Entomology 18 (2010) 17-22.

Sychra O., Literák I., Najer T., Čapek M., Koubek P., Procházka P.: Chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from estrildid finches (Aves: Passeriformes: Estrildidae) and louse-flies (Insecta: Diptera: Hippoboscidae) from birds in Senegal, with descriptions of three new species of the genus Brueelia, Zootaxa 2714 (2010) 59-68.


Polačiková L., Procházka P., Cherry M. I., Honza M.: Choosing suitable hosts: common cuckoos Cuculus canorus parasitize great reed warblers Acrocephalus arundinaceus of high quality, Evolutionary Ecology 23 (2009) 879-891.

Požgayová M., Procházka P., Honza M.: Sex-specific defence behaviour against brood parasitism in a host with female-only incubation, Behavioural Processes 81 (2009) 34-38.

Požgayová M., Procházka P., Honza M.: Adjustment of incubation according to the threat posed: a further signal of enemy recognition in the Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla?, Journal of Ornithology 150 (2009) 569-576.


Procházka P., Hobson K. A., Karcza Z., Kralj J.: Birds of a feather winter together: migratory connectivity in the Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Journal of Ornithology 149 (2008) 141-150.

Procházka P., Bellinvia E., Fainová D., Hájková P., Elhalah A., Alomari K.: Immigration as a possible rescue of a reduced population of a long-distant migratory bird: Reed warblers in the Azraq Oasis, Jordan, Journal of Arid Environments 72 (2008) 1184-1192.

Sychra O., Jensen J.-K., Brooke M. de L., Trnka A., Procházka P., Literák I.: The identity of Menacanthus eisenachensis Balát (Insecta: Phthiraptera: Amblycera: Menoponidae) from the Reed Warbler (Passeriformes: Sylviidae), Acta Parasitologica 53 (2008) 404-406.


Honza M., Polačiková L., Procházka P.: Ultraviolet and green parts of the colour spectrum affect egg rejection in the song thrush (Turdus philomelos), Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 92 (2007) 269-276.

Honza M., Požgayová M., Procházka P., Tkadlec E.: Consistency in egg rejection behaviour: responses to repeated brood parasitism in the blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Ethology 113 (2007) 344-351.

Polačiková L., Honza M., Procházka P., Topercer J., Stokke B. G.: Colour characteristics of the blunt egg pole: cues for recognition of parasitic eggs as revealed by reflectance spectrophotometry, Animal Behaviour 74 (2007) 419-427.

Procházka P., Požgayová M., Honza M.: Zajímavý případ mezidruhové krádeže hnízdního materiálu, Sluka 4 (2007) 91-94.

Stokke B. G., Hafstad I., Rudolfsen G., Bargain B., Beier J., Campas D. B., Dyrcz A., Honza M., Leisler B., Pap P. L., Patapavičius R., Procházka P., Schulze-Hagen K., Thomas R., Moksnes A., Mller A. P., Roskaft E., Soler M.: Host density predicts presence of cuckoo parasitism in reed warblers, Oikos 116 (2007) 913-922.

Šicha V., Procházka P., Honza M.: Hopeless solicitation? Host-absent vocalization in the common cuckoo has no effect on feeding rate of reed warblers, Journal of Ethology 25 (2007) 147-152.