Gergely Osváth

Osváth Gergely

Gergely Osváth – museologist at Zoology Museum; PhD student at University of Debrecen


2012–present: museulogist, Museum of Zoology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2009–2012: MSc (ecology), Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2003–2009: BSc (biology), Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Research interest

– avian immune system
– feather quality
– the functions of uropygial gland and its oily secretions
– bird–parasite relationships


  1. Pap PL, Vincze O, Vágási CI, Salamon Z, Pándi A, Bálint B, Nord A, Nudds RL, Osváth G 2019. Vane macrostructure of primary feathers and its adaptations to flight in birds. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 126: 256–267.

  1. Vágási CI, Vincze O, Pătraș L, Osváth G, Pénzes J, Haussmann MF, Barta Z, Pap PL 2018. Longevity and life history coevolve with oxidative stress in birds. Functional Ecology 33:152–161.

  1. Osváth G, Daubner T, Dyke GJ, Fuisz TI, Nord A, Pénzes J, Vargancsik D, Vágási CI, Vincze O and Pap PL 2018. How feathered are birds? Environment predicts both the mass and density of body feathers. Functional Ecology 32: 701–712.

  1. Pap PL, Vincze O, Wekerle B, Daubner T, Vágási CI, Nudds RL, Dyke GJ and Osváth G 2017. A phylogenetic comparative analysis reveals correlations between body feather structure and habitat. Functional Ecology 31: 1241–1251. pdf

  1. Vágási CI, Vincze O, Pătraș L, Osváth G, Marton A, Bărbos L, Sol D and Pap PL 2016. Large-brained birds suffer less oxidative damage. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29: 1968–1976.

  1. Vágási CI, Pap PL, Vincze O, Osváth G, Erritzøe J and Møller AP 2016. Morphological adaptations to migration in birds. Evolutionary Biology 43: 48–59.

  1. Vincze O, Vágási CI, Pap PL, Osváth G and Møller AP 2015. Brain regions associated with visual cues are important for bird migration. Biology Letters 11: 20150678. pdf

  1. Pap PL, Osváth G, Aparicio JM, Bărbos L, Matyjasiak P, Rubolini D, Saino N, Vágási CI, Vincze O and Møller AP 2015. Sexual dimorphism and population differences in structural properties of barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) wing and tail feathers. PLoS ONE 10: e0130844. pdf

  1. Pap PL, Pătraș L, Osváth G, Buehler DM, Versteegh MA, Sesarman A, Banciu M and Vágási CI 2015. Seasonal patterns and relationships among coccidian infestations, measures of oxidative physiology, and immune function in free-living house sparrows over an annual cycle. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 88: 395–405. pdf

  1. Pap PL, Osváth G, Sándor K, Vincze O, Bărbos L, Marton A, Nudds RL and Vágási CI 2015. Interspecific variation in the structural properties of flight feathers in birds indicates adaptation to flight requirements and habitat. Functional Ecology 29: 746–757. pdf

    Spotlighted paper in the 29(6) issue of Functional Ecology.

  1. Pap PL, Vágási CI, Vincze O, Osváth G, Veres-Szászka J and Czirják GÁ. 2015. Physiological pace of life: the link between constitutive immunity, developmental period, and metabolic rate in European birds. Oecologia 177: 147–158. pdf

  1. Pap PL, Vágási CI, Czirják GÁ, Titilincu A, Pintea A, Osváth G, Fülöp A and Barta Z 2011. The effect of coccidians on the condition and immune profile of molting house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Auk 128: 330–339. pdf

  2. Pap PL, Vágási CI, Osváth G, Mureşan C and Barta Z 2010. Seasonality in the uropygial gland size and feather mite abundance in house sparrows: natural covariation and an experiment. Journal of Avian Biology 41: 653–661. pdf

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