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Assistant Professor

Died tragically in a car accident, when he was going to field work on 2nd May 2014.

Phone/fax: +48 61 829 5702


Research interest: behavioral ecology, biology and ecology of shrikes Lannidae, impaling behavior and food caching in shrikes - evolution, functions, costs and benefits, foraging ecology, habitat selection in birds, conservation biology


Ph.D. in biology 2005, University of South Bohemia , Department of Zoology M.Sc. in biology 2001, Adam Mickiewicz University


Course in Ecology of individuals and population, Biostatistics, Methods in Ecology.


Habitat selection in shrikes (Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor and Red-backed Shrike ( Lanius collurio ) in farmland landscape. In cooperation with P.Tryjanowski, M. Hromada, L. Kuczynski and S. Kuzniak.Breeding ecology of the Great Grey Shrike in farmland landscape. In cooperation with P.Tryjanowski.


Member of Editorial Board of Buteo.

Riegiert, J., Antczak, M., Fainova, D., Blazkova, P. (2013) Group display in the socially monogamous Northern Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris reichenowi). Behavioural Processes 103: 138-144.
Szymański, P., Antczak, M. (2013) Structural heterogeneity of linear habitats positively affects Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria, Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis and Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca in farmland of Western Poland. Bird Study 60: 484-490, DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.840555
Malecha, A., Antczak, M. (2012) Diet of the European polecat Mustela putorius in an agricultural area in Poland. Folia Zoologica 62: 48-53.
Janecek, S., Riegert, J., Sedlacek, O., Baros, M., Horak, D., Reif, J., Padysakova, E., Fainova, D., Antczak, M., Pesata, M., Mikes, V., Patacova, E., Altman, J., Kantorova, J., Hrazsky, Z., Brom., J., Dolezal, J. (2012) Food selection by avian floral visitors: an important aspect of plant-flower visitor interactions in West Africa. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107: 355-367.
Antczak, M., Hromada, M., Tryjanowski, P. (2012) Sex differences in impaling behaviour of Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor: Do males have better impaling skills than females? Behavioural Processes 91: 50-53.
Reifova, R., Reif, J., Antczak, M., Nachman, M.W. (2011) Ecological character displacement in the face of gene flow: Evidence from two species of nightingales. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 138.
Riegert, J., Fainova, D., Antczak, M., Sedlacek, O., Horak, D., Reif, J., Pesata, M. (2011) Food niche differentiation in two synoptic sunbird species: a case study from the Cameroon Mountains. Journal of Ornithology 152: 819-825.
Majlathova, V., Majlath, I., Haklova, B., Hromada, M., Ekner, A., Antczak, M., Tryjanowski, P. (2010) Blood parasites in two co-existing species of lizards (Zootoca vivipara and Lacerta agilis). Parasitology Research 107: 1121-1127.
Antczak, M., Hromada, M., Czechowski, P., Tabor, J., Zabłocki, P., Grzybek, J., Tryjanowski, P. (2010) A new material for old solutions - the case of plastic string used in Great Grey Shrike nests. Acta Ethologica 13: 87-91.
Antczak, M. (2010) Winter nocturnal rost selection by a solitary passerine bird, the Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor. Ornis Fennica 87: 99-105.
Kuczyński, L., Antczak, M., Czechowski, P., Grzybek, J., Jerzak, L., Zabocki, P., Tryjanowski, P. (2010) A large scale survey of the great grey shrike Lanius excubitor Poland: Breeding densities, habitat use and population trends. Annales Zoologici Fennici 47: 67-78.
Skoracki, M., Antczak, Riegert, J., Fainova, D., Mikes, V. (2009) New species and new records of quil mites (Acari: Syringophilidae) inhabiting African passerines (Aves: Passeriformes). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 55: 123-137.
Riegert J., Antczak M., Fainova D. (2008) The first record of Short eared Owl Asio flammeus in SW Cameroon. Malimbus 30: 165-167.
Majláthová, V., Majláth, I., Hromada, M., Tryjanowski, P., Bona, M., Antczak, M., Víchová, B., Dzimko, S., Mihalca, A., Peťko, B. (2008) The role of the sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) in the transmission cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. International Journal of Medical Microbiology 298 (SUPPL. 1): 161-167.
Jankowiak, L., Antczak, M., Tryjanowski, P. (2008) Habitat Use, Food and the Importance of Poultry in the Diet of the Red Fox Vulpes vulpes in Extensive Farmland in Poland. World Applied Sciences Journal 4: 886-890.
Hromada, M., Antczak, M., Valone, T.J., Tryjanowski, P. (2008) Settling decisions and heterospecific social information use in shrikes. PLoS ONE 3 (12), art. no. e3930.
Ekner, A., Majláth, I., Majláthová, V., Hromada, M., Bona, M., Antczak, M., Bogaczyk, M., Tryjanowski, P. (2008) Densities and morphology of two co-existing Lizard species (Lacerta agilis and Zootoca viviparid) in extensively used farmland in Poland. Folia Biologica 56: 165-171.
Tryjanowski, P., Antczak, M., Hromada, M. (2007) More secluded places for extra-pair copulations in the great grey shrike Lanius excubitor. Behaviour 144: 23-31.
Antczak, M., Dolata, P.T. (2006) Night roosts, flocking behaviour and habitat use of the non-breeding fraction and migrating White Storks Ciconia ciconia in the Wielkopolska region (SW Poland). In: Tryjanowski, P., Sparks, T.H., Jerzak, L. (eds.) The White Stork in Poland: studies in biology, ecology and conservation, Bogucki Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Poznań 2006, pp. 209-224.
Antczak, M., Hromada, M., Tryjanowski, P. (2005) Research activity induces change in nest position of the Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor. Ornis Fennica 82: 20-25.
Antczak, M., Hromada, M., Tryjanowski, P. (2005) Frogs and toads in the food of the Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor): Larders and skinning as two ways to consume dangerous prey. Animal Biology 55: 227-233.
Antczak, M., Hromada, M., Tryjanowski, P. (2005) Spatio-temporal changes in Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor impaling behaviour: From food caching to communication signs. Ardea 93: 101-107.