Roman Fuchs

Personal data:

Name: doc. RNDr. Roman Fuchs, CSc.
Born: 1959, Prague
Nickname: Štetke
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ORCID: 0000-0001-6511-3207


Office: B264 (B building, 1st floor)
Phone number: +420 387 772 243


Academic degrees:

  • 1983: RNDr. (systematical zoology and ecology – zoology of Vertebrates), Department of Zoology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1993: CSc. (ecology), Institute of Landscape Ecology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences,České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • 2017: doc., Department of Zoology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

selected Publications:

Krausová L, Veselý P, Syrová M, Antonová K, Fišer O, Chlumská V, Pátková M, Pužej Š, Fuchs R (2022) Red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) vs. common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus): an example of ineffective cuckoo-hawk mimicry. Ecology and Evolution. DOI:

Veselý P, Syrová M, Voháňková M, Nácarová J, Havlíček J, Fuchs R (2021) Cowards or clever guys: an alternative nest defence strategy employed by shrikes against magpies.
Animal Cognition, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-021-01552-x.

Veselý P, Dobrovodský J, Fuchs R (2021) Predation by avian predators may have initiated the evolution of myrmecomorph spiders.
Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-96737-2.

Soukupová T, Veselý P, Fuchs R (2021) Wariness to colour patterns – birds vs. European red-and-black insects.
Ecological Entomology, 46 (5): 1157-1164, DOI: 10.1111/een.13060.

Antonová, Veselý P, Fuchs R (2021) Untrained birds’ ability to recognise predators with changed body size and colouration in a field experiment.
BMC Ecology and Evolution, 21: 21-74, DOI: 10.1186/s12862-021-01807-8.

Němec M, Součková T, Veselý P, Fuchs R (2021) A kestrel without hooked beak and talons is not a kestrel for the red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio).
Animal Cognition, 24: 957–968, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-020-01450-8.

J Havlíček, J Riegert, J Bandhauerová, R Fuchs, M Šálek (2021) Species-specific breeding habitat association of declining farmland birds within urban environments: conservation implications
Urban Ecosystems, 1-12

Nováková N, Veselý P, Fuchs R (2020) Object categorization by wild ranging birds- nest defence.
Animal Cognition, 23:203-213, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-019-01329-3.

M Ferenc, O Sedlacek, R Fuchs, M Fraissinet, D Storch (2019) Geographic trends in range sizes explain patterns in bird responses to urbanization in Europe
European Journal of Ecology 5 (2), 16-29

Fuchs R, Veselý P, Nácarová J (2019) Predator recognition in birds: The use of key features.
Springer Briefs in Animal Sciences, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-12404-5, ISBN: 978-3-030-12402-1.

Nácarová J, Veselý P, Fuchs R (2018) Effect of the exploratory behaviour on a bird’s ability to categorize a predator.
Behavioural Processes, 151:89–95, DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2018.03.021

Strnadová I, Němec M, Strnad M, Veselý P, Fuchs R (2018) The nest defence by the red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) – support for the vulnerability hypothesis.
Journal of Avian Biology 49:e01726, DOI: 10.1111/jav.01726.

M Ferenc, O Sedláček, R Fuchs, D Hořák, L Storchová, M Fraissinet, D Storch (2018) Large-scale commonness is the best predictor of bird species presence in European cities
Urban ecosystems 21 (2), 369-377

E Landová, KH Svádová, R Fuchs, P Štys, A Exnerová (2017) The effect of social learning on avoidance of aposematic prey in juvenile great tits (Parus major)
Animal cognition 20 (5), 855-866

Veselý P, Ernestová B, Nedvěd O, Fuchs R (2017) Do predator energy demands or previous exposure influence protection by aposematic coloration of prey?Current Zoology, 63(3): 259-267, DOI:10.1093/cz/zow057.

Nováková N, Veselý P, Fuchs R (2017) Object categorization by wild ranging birds – winter feeder experiments.
Behavioural Processes, 143, 7-12, DOI:10.1016/j.beproc.2017.08.002.

L Marhounová, D Frynta, R Fuchs, E Landová (2017) Object permanence in the food-storing coal tit (Periparus ater) and the non-storing great tit (Parus major): Is the mental representation required?
Journal of Comparative Psychology 131 (2), 115

Veselý P, Ernestová B, Nedvěd O, Fuchs R (2017)
Do predator energy demands or previous exposure influence protection by aposematic coloration of prey?
Current Zoology 63 (3): 259-267.

Ferenc M, Sedlacek O, Mourkova J et al. (2016)
Disentangling the influences of habitat availability, heterogeneity and spatial position on the species richness and rarity of urban bird communities in a central European city.
URBAN ECOSYSTEMS 19 (3): 1265-1281.

Karlíková Z, Veselý P, Beránková J, Fuchs R (2016)
Low ability of great tits to discriminate similarly inconspicuous edible and inedible prey.
Ethology 122 (2): 180-191.

Syrová M, Němec M, Veselý P, Landová E, Fuchs R (2016)
Facing a Clever Predator Demands Clever Responses – Red-Backed Shrikes (Lanius collurio) vs. Eurasian Magpies (Pica pica).
PloS ONE 11(7): e0159432.

Turini A, Veselý P, Fuchs R (2016)
Five species of passerine bird differ in their ability to detect Batesian mimics.
Biological Journal of The Linnean Society, 117, 832-841.

Veselý P, Buršíková M, Fuchs R (2016)
Birds at the winter feeder do not recognize an artificially coloured predator.
Ethology 122 (12): 937-344.

Beránková J, Veselý P, Fuchs R (2015)
The role of body size in predator recognition by untrained birds.
Behavioural Processes 120: 128-134.

Jaska P, Linhart P, Fuchs R (2015)
Neighbour recognition in two sister songbird species with a simple and complex repertoire – a playback study.

Linhart P, Fuchs R (2015)
Song pitch indicates body size and correlates with males’ response to playback in a songbird.

Němec M, Syrová M, Dokoupilová L, Veselý P, Šmilauer P, Landová E, Lišková S, Fuchs R (2015)
Surface texture plays important role in predator recognition by Red-backed Shrikes in field experiment.
Animal Cognition 18(1): 259–268.

Salek M, Havlicek J, Riegert J, et al. (2015)
Winter density and habitat preferences of three declining granivorous farmland birds: The importance of the keeping of poultry and dairy farms.

Beránková J, Veselý P, Sýkorová J, Fuchs R (2014)
The role of key features in predator recognition by untrained birds.
Animal Cognition 17 (4): 963-971.

Cibulková A, Veselý P, Fuchs R (2014)
Importance of conspicuous colours in warning signals? The Great tit’s (Parus major) point of view.
Evolutionary Ecology 28 (3): 427-439.

Ferenc M, Sedlacek O, Fuchs R (2014)
How to improve urban greenspace for woodland birds: site and local-scale determinants of bird species richness.
URBAN ECOSYSTEMS 17 (2): 625-640.

Ferenc M, Sedlacek O, Fuchs R, Dinetti M, Fraissinet M, Storch D (2014)
Are cities different? Patterns of species richness and beta diversity of urban bird communities and regional species assemblages in Europe.

Němec M, Fuchs R (2014)
Nest defense of the red-backed shrike Lanius collurio against five corvid species. ACTA ETHOLOGICA 17 (3): 149-154.

Průchová A, Nedvěd O, Veselý P, Ernestová B, Fuchs R (2014)
Visual warning signals of the ladybird Harmonia axyridis: the avian predators’ point of view.
Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 151 (2): 128-134.

Tesařová M, Fric Z, Veselý P, Konvička M, Fuchs R (2013)
European checkerspots (Melitaeini: Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae) are not aposematic – the point of view of great tits (Parus major).
Ecological Entomology 38 (2): 155-163.

Veselý P, Luhanová D, Prášková M, Fuchs R (2013)
Generalization of mimics imperfect in colour patterns: the point of view of wild avian predators.
Ethology 119: 138-145.

Veselý P, Veselá S, Fuchs R (2013)
The responses of Central European avian predators to an allopatric aposematic true bug.
Ethology Ecology & Evolution 25 (3): 275-288.

Strnad M, Němec M, Veselý P, Fuchs R (2012)
Red-backed Shrikes (Lanius collurio) adjust the mobbing intensity, but not mobbing frequency, by assessing the potential threat to themselves from different predators.
Ornis Fennica 89 (3): 206–215.

Prokopová M, Veselý P, Fuchs R, Zrzavý J (2010)
The role of size and colour pattern in protection of developmental stages of the red firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus) against avian predators.
Biological Journal of The Linnean Society 100: 890–898.

Dolenská M, Nedvěd O, Veselý P, Tesařová M, Fuchs R (2009)
What constitutes optical warning signals of ladybirds (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) towards bird predators: colour, pattern or general look?
Biological Journal of The Linnean Society 98 (1): 234-242.

Veselý P, Fuchs R (2009)
Newly emerged Batesian mimicry protects only unfamiliar prey.
Evolutionary Ecology 23 (6): 919-929.

Veselý P, Veselá S, Fuchs R, Zrzavý J (2006)
Are gregarious red-black shieldbugs, Graphosoma lineatum (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), really aposematic? An experimental approach.
Evolutionary Ecology Research 8: 881–890.