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Pásztory-Kovács Szilvia


Pásztory-Kovács Szilvia

Department of Zoology
Position: scientific associate
Institute for Biology
Position: scientific associate
(1) 478 4100 / 8753
Rottenbiller street 50. 1st floor, 21.


I am Dr. Szilvia Pásztory-Kovács, a research associate at the Department of Ecology. At the department, I teach and organize the subjects Current Issues in Biology, Population Genetics and Evolutionary Biology and Field Practice I for the BSc students. I hold an Article Reading Seminar course for Master’s students. My current area of research interest is population genetics and population dynamics of birds of prey.

Main research areas:

  • Analysis of long-term ringing data series of songbirds using statistical methods
  • Statistical sex determination and validation of birds based on morphological marks using molecular methods
  • Population genetics and phylogeography of the bald eagle, hatching and breeding dispersal movements
  • Examination of the food composition of the bald eagle in Hungary in the last 40 years
  • Population viability analysis (PVA) of the bald eagle population in the Carpathian basin
  • Estimating the survival of breeding birds in the bald eagle
  • Estimation of kin avoidance and inbreeding in bald eagles
  • Analysis of the reliability of the non-invasive sampling method in population dynamics studies of birds of prey
  • Hybridization of the prairie eagle and the desert eagle

Topic management

MSc students: 4

BSc students: 5

TDK theses: 4

Optional thesis topics:

Study of the genetic diversity and phylogeography of western, non-migratory fallow deer populations
Changes in the sex ratio of Parlagisas saplings in the last 15 years and the detection of the ecological factors influencing this.


2013-University of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Ecology

2013         PhD, University of Veterinary Science

2007-2013 University of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Biomathematics and Computer Science

2002-2007 University of Veterinary Medicine, applied zoologist

Publication list (Top 10)

Szilvia Kovács, Tibor Csörgő, Andrea Harnos, Péter Fehérvári, Krisztina Nagy

Change in migration phenology and biometrics of two conspecific Sylvia species in Hungary

JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY 152 : 2 pp. 365-373. , 9 p.m. (2011)

Kovács Sz, Csörgő T, Harnos A, Fehérvári P, Nagy K

Changes in migration phenology and biometrical traits of Reed, Marsh and Sedge Warblers

CENTRAL EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF BIOLOGY 7 : 1 pp. 115-125. , 11 p.m. (2012)

Harnos A, Nora A, Kovacs S, Lang Z, Csorgo T

Increasing protandry in the spring migration of the Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) in Central Europe

JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY 156 : 2 pp. 543-546. , 4 p. (2014)

Vili N, Nemesházi E, Kovács Sz, Horváth M, Kalmár L, Szabó K

Factors affecting DNA quality in feathers used for non-invasive sampling

JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY 154 : 2 pp. 587-595. , 9 p.m. (2013)

Vili N, Szabó K, Kovács Sz, Kabai P, Kalmár L, Horváth M

High turnover rate revealed by non-invasive genetic analyzes in an expanding Eastern Imperial Eagle population


Hetenyi N, Satorhelyi T, Kovacs S, Hullar I

Effects of two dietary vitamin and mineral supplements on the growth and health of Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni).


Nóra Ágh, Szilvia Kovács, Edina Nemesházi, Krisztián Szabó

Feasibility of universal CHD1 sexing markers in various bird orders

JOURNAL OF HUNGARIAN VETERINARIANS 140 : 1 pp. 47-59. , 13 p. (2018)

Vili N, Horváth MB, Kovács Sz, Chavko J, Hornung E, Kalmár L

Alternative sampling methods in avian genetic studies: sexing, microsatellites based individual identification and mtDNA analyzes of eastern imperial eagles (Aquila heliaca)

JOURNAL OF HUNGARIAN VETERINARIANS 131 : 7 pp. 426-435. , 10 p.m. (2009)

Márton Horváth, Béla Solti, Imre Fatér, Tibor Juhász, László Haraszthy, Tamás Szitta, Zsuzsanna Ballók, Szilvia Pásztory-Kovács

Temporal changes in the diet composition of the Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) in Hungary

ORNIS HUNGARICA 26 : 1 pp. 1-26. Paper: 10.1515/orhu-2018-0001, 26 p. (2018).

Andrea HARNOS, Péter FEHÉRVÁRI, Sándor Imre PIROSS, Zsolt KARCZA, Nora ÁGH, Szilvia KOVÁCS, Tibor CSÖRGŐ

Exploratory analyzes of migration timing and morphometrics of the Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)

ORNIS HUNGARICA 24 : 2 pp. 109-126. , 18 p. (2016)

Nikoletta Hetényi, Tamás Sátorhelyi, Szilvia Kovács, István Hullár

Variations in blood biochemical values in male Hermann’s tortoises (Testudo hermanni)

Veterinaria-Sarajevo 65 : 1 pp. 15-21. , 7 p.m. (2016)

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