Alice EXNEROVÁ (study adviser)


Contact information:

Doc. Mgr. Alice Exnerová, Ph.D.

Phone: +420221951835

Fax: +420221951841
Room: 212


Research interests:

Behavioural ecology; cognitive ecology; ornithology; function and evolution of warning signals and mimicry; antipredatory strategies; cognition, learning, and memory in birds; evolution of warning coloration in Heteroptera; function of antipredatory mechanisms in Heteroptera; habitat selection, foraging behaviour and diet composition in birds; parental investment and mate choice in birds, synurbanisation of birds.


Current projects:

Reactions of avian predators to multimodal antipredatory defences of Heteroptera; Factors responsible for variation in behaviour of predators towards aposematic prey; Function of mimetic complexes among true bugs; Evolution of warning coloration in pyrrhocorid bugs; Biology of urban and rural populations of magpies (Pica pica); Antipredatory and parental behaviour of house sparrows (Passer domesticus).




Selected papers:

KLVANOVA A., HORAKOVA A. & EXNEROVA A. (2011). Nest defence intensity in House Sparrows Passer domesticus in relation to parental quality and brood value. Acta Ornithologica, 46, 47-54.


KRISTENOVA M., EXNEROVA A.  & STYS P. (2011). Seed preferences of Pyrrhocoris apterus (Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae): Are there specialized trophic populations? European Journal of Entomology, 108, 581-586.


KRYSTOFKOVA M., FOUSOVA P. & EXNEROVA A. (2011). Nestling diet of the Common Magpie (Pica pica) in urban and agricultural habitats. Ornis Fennica, 88, 1 - 9.


KRYSTOFKOVA M., HAAS M. & EXNEROVA A. (2011). Nest defense in Blackbirds Turdus merula: effect of predator distance and parental sex. Acta Ornithologica, 46, 55-63.


JOHANSEN A. I., EXNEROVÁ A., HOTOVÁ SVÁDOVÁ K., ŠTYS P., GAMBERALE-STILLE G., TULLBERG B. S. (2010). Adaptive change in protective coloration in adult striated shieldbugs Graphosoma lineatum (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae): test of detectability of two colour forms by avian predators. Ecological Entomology, 35, 602–610.


HOTOVÁ SVÁDOVÁ K., EXNEROVÁ A., KOPEČKOVÁ M., ŠTYS P. (2010). Predator dependent mimetic complexes: Do passerine birds avoid Central European red-and-black Heteroptera? European Journal of Entomology, 107, 349-355.


EXNEROVÁ A., HOTOVÁ SVÁDOVÁ K., FUČÍKOVÁ E., DRENT P., ŠTYS P. (2009). Personality matters: individual variation in reactions of naive bird predators to aposematic prey. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 277, 723-728.


SVÁDOVÁ K., EXNEROVÁ A., ŠTYS P., LANDOVÁ E., FUČÍKOVÁ A., VALENTA J., SOCHA R. (2009). Role of different colours of aposematic insects in learning, memory and generalization of naive bird predators. Animal Behaviour, 77, 327-336.


EXNEROVÁ A., SVÁDOVÁ K., FOUSOVÁ P., FUČÍKOVÁ E., JEŽOVÁ D., NIEDERLOVÁ A., KOPEČKOVÁ M., ŠTYS P. (2008). European birds and aposematic Heteroptera: review of comparative experiments. Bulletin of Insectology, 61, 163-165.


EXNEROVÁ A., ŠTYS P., FUČÍKOVÁ E., VESELÁ S., SVÁDOVÁ K., PROKOPOVÁ M., JAROŠÍK V., FUCHS R., LANDOVÁ E. (2007). Avoidance of aposematic prey in European tits (Paridae): learned or innate? Behavioral Ecology, 18, 148-156.


ALBRECHT T., SCHNITZER J., KREISINGER J., EXNEROVÁ A., MUNCLINGER P. (2007). Extrapair paternity and the opportunity for sexual selection in long-distant migratory passerines. Behavioral Ecology, 18, 477-486.


EXNEROVÁ A., SVÁDOVÁ K., ŠTYS P., BARCALOVÁ S., LANDOVÁ E., PROKOPOVÁ M., FUCHS R., SOCHA R. (2006). Importance of colour in the reaction of passerine predators to aposematic prey: An experiment with mutants of Pyrrhocoris apterus (Heteroptera). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 88, 143-153.


KRYŠTOFKOVÁ M., EXNEROVÁ A., PORKERT, J. (2006). Parental foraging strategies and feeding of nestlings in Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus. Ornis Fennica, 83, 49–58.


EXNEROVÁ A., LANDOVÁ E., ŠTYS P., FUCHS R., PROKOPOVÁ M.,  CEHLARIKOVÁ P. (2003). Reactions of passerine birds to aposematic and non-aposematic firebugs (Pyrrhocoris apterus; Heteroptera). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 78, 517-525.