Rita Hargitai

MSc in Biology and English technical translating (2002, Eötvös Loránd University)
PhD in Ecology (2006, Eötvös Loránd University)
senior lecturer (College of Nyíregyháza, Institute of Environmental Sciences)

Research interests

  • Effects of environmental conditions and parental quality on inter- and intraclutch egg-size variation.
  • Carotenoids, vitamins and immunoglobulins in the egg yolk in relation to parental quality, environmental factors and egg laying order.
  • Eggshell colouration in relation to female condition, male attractiveness and egg quality.
  • Relationship between eggshell pigmentation and egg quality in an avian host-brood parasite system.


Hargitai, R., Nagy, G., Herényi, M., Nyiri, Z., Laczi, M., Hegyi, G., Eke, Zs., Török, J. (2016). Darker eggshell spotting indicates lower yolk antioxidant level and poorer female quality in the Eurasian Great Tit (Parus major). The Auk 133:131-146..
Hargitai, R., Boross, N., Nyiri, Z., Eke, Z. (2016). Biliverdin- and protoporphyrin-based eggshell pigmentation in relation to antioxidant supplementation, female characteristics and egg traits in the canary (Serinus canaria). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 70:2093-2110.
Hargitai, R., Herényi, M., Nagy, G., Nyiri, Z., Eke, Zs., Török, J. (2016). Effects of environmental conditions on the egg mass, yolk antioxidant level, eggshell thickness and eggshell spotting pattern of Great Tits (Parus major). Journal of Ornithology 157:995-1006. (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-016-1348-0)
Hargitai, R., Nyiri, Z., Eke, Zs., Török, J. (2016). Effects of temperature and duration of storage on the stability of antioxidant compounds in egg yolk and plasma. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 89(2):161-167.
Hargitai, R., Nagy, G., Nyiri, Z., Bervoets, L., Eke, Zs., Eens, M., Török, J. (2016). Effects of breeding habitat (woodland versus urban) and metal pollution on the egg characteristics of great tits (Parus major). Science of the Total Environment 544:31-38. (DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.11.116)
Hargitai, R., Hegyi, G., Herényi, M., Laczi, M., Nagy, G., Rosivall, B., Szöllősi, E., Török, J. (2014). Winter body condition in the Collared Flycatcher: Determinants and carryover effects on future breeding parameters. The Auk 131(3):257-264.. (DOI: 10.1642/AUK-13-158.1)
Herényi, M., Garamszegi, L.Z., Hargitai, R., Hegyi, G., Rosivall, B., Szöllősi, E., Török, J. (2014). Laying date and polygyny as determinants of annual reproductive success in male collared flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis): a long-term study. Naturwissenschaften 101:305-312.
Hargitai, R., Hegyi, G., Török, J. (2012). Winter body condition in relation to age, sex, and plumage ornamentation in a migratory songbird. Ibis 154:410-413.
Herényi, M., Hegyi, G., Garamszegi, L. Z., Hargitai, R., Michl, G., Rosivall, B., Török, J. (2012). Lifetime offspring production in relation to breeding lifespan, attractiveness, and mating status in male collared flycatchers. Oecologia 170(4):935-942.
Hargitai, R., Mateo, R., Török, J. (2011). Shell thickness and pore density in relation to shell colouration, female characteristics, and environmental factors in the Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis. Journal of Ornithology 152(3):579-588. (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-010-0627-4)
Hargitai, R., Moskát, Cs., Bán, M., Gil, D., López-Rull, I., Solymos, E. (2010). Eggshell characteristics and yolk composition in the common cuckoo Cuculus canorus: are they adapted to brood parasitism? Journal of Avian Biology 41:177-185.
Moskát, Cs., Hauber, M.E., Avilés, J.M., Bán, M., Hargitai, R., Honza, M. (2009). Increased host tolerance of multiple cuckoo eggs leads to higher fledging success of the brood parasite. Animal Behaviour 77:1281-1290.
Avilés, J.M., Moskát, Cs., Bán, M., Hargitai, R., Parejo, D. (2009). Common cuckoos (Cuculus canorus) do not rely on indicators of parental abilities when searching for host nests: the importance of host defenses. Auk 126(2):431-438.
Hargitai, R., Arnold, K. E., Herényi, M., Prechl, J., Török, J. (2009). Egg composition in relation to social environment and maternal physiological condition in the collared flycatcher. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 63:869-882.
Hegyi, G., Rosivall, B., Szöllősi, E., Hargitai, R., Eens, M., Török, J. (2008). Phenotypic plasticity in a conspicuous female plumage trait: information content and mating patterns. Animal Behaviour 75:977-989.
Moskát, Cs., Avilés, J.M., Bán, M., Hargitai, R., Zölei, A. (2008). Experimental support for the use of egg uniformity in parasite egg discrimination by cuckoo hosts. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 62:1885-1890.
Hargitai, R., Herényi, M., Török, J. (2008). Eggshell colouration in relation to female condition, male attractiveness and egg quality in the collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis). Journal of Avian Biology 39:413-422.
Hegyi, G., Rosivall, B., Szöllősi, E., Hargitai, R., Eens, M., Török, J. (2007). A role for female ornamentation in the facultatively polygynous mating system of collared flycatchers. Behavioral Ecology 18:1116-1122.
Török, J., Hargitai, R., Hegyi, G., Matus, Z., Michl, G., Péczely, P., Rosivall, B., Tóth, G. (2007): Carotenoids in the egg yolks of collared flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis) in relation to parental quality, environmental factors and laying order. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61:541-550. (DOI 10.1007/s00265-006-0282-1)
Hegyi, G., Török, J., Garamszegi, L.Z., Rosivall, B., Szöllősi, E., Hargitai, R. (2007). Dynamics of multiple sexual signals in relation to climatic conditions. Evolutionary Ecology Research 9:905-920.
Szigeti, B., Török, J., Hegyi, G., Rosivall, B., Hargitai, R., Szöllősi, E., Michl, G. (2007). Egg quality and parental ornamentation in the blue tit Parus caeruleus. Journal of Avian Biology 38(1):105-112.
Hargitai, R., Matus, Z., Hegyi, G., Michl, G., Tóth, G., Török, J. (2006). Antioxidants in the egg yolk of a wild passerine: differences between breeding seasons. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B 143(2):145-152.
Hargitai, R. Prechl, J., Török, J. (2006). Maternal immunoglobulin concentration in Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) eggs in relation to parental quality and laying order. Functional Ecology 20:829-838.
Hargitai, R., Török, J., Tóth, L., Hegyi, G., Rosivall, B., Szigeti, B., Szöllősi E. (2005). Effects of environmental conditions and parental quality on inter- and intraclutch egg-size variation in the Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis). The Auk 122(2):509-522..
Herényi M., Török J., Garamszegi L.Z., Hargitai R., Hegyi G., Michl G., Rosivall B., Szigeti B., Szöllősi E. (2004). Másodlagos nemi jellegek és utódszám kapcsolata a hím örvös légykapóknál. Állattani Közlemények 89(2):31-41.

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