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The dispersal of rodent-borne strains of Aphanoascus keratinophilus and Chrysosporium tropicum by pellets of predatory birds

Posted on 18. December, 2017.

Pathogenic species of yeast, yeast-like fungi and moulds have been recovered from faeces, feathers, beaks and cloacae as well as pellets of species of migratory and sedentary birds. Bird pellets, in particular pellets of predatory birds, are an especially suitable model for studies of circulation routes of dermatophytes and other keratinophilic fungi as they contain undigested food remains, which are rich in keratin (e.g. feathers, fur). 


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Battery cage ban to go into effect in EU

Posted on 19. July, 2011.

British-led action has prevented an attempt by some EU Member States to delay a ban on ‘battery cages’ for laying hens, according to the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


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Protection for rare Tricoloured Blackbird colonies

Posted on 15. July, 2011.

Audubon California has negotiated agreements with farmers to secure the safety of several large colonies of rare Tricoloured Blackbirds. In all, the agreements resulted in the protection of the breeding production of at least 50,000 birds, which constitutes more than 10% of the species’ global population.


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Tiger-parrots show their true stripes

Posted on 15. July, 2011.

Recently released genetic research from Australia’s CSIRO and New Mexico State University in the USA is helping scientists better understand how Australian birds evolved. The researchers found that the tiger-parrots of New Guinea‘s rainforests – named for their striped or barred plumage – are not, as has been widely accepted, closely related either to a group of rosella-like parrots found in Australia and Oceania, nor a similar group found in Asia and Africa.


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Longline fisheries continue to drive albatross declines

Posted on 14. July, 2011.

A new global estimate of the impact of longline fisheries on seabirds reveals that, despite efforts to reduce seabird deaths, upwards of 300,000 birds are still being killed every year. The study by scientists from BirdLife International and the RSPB is published in the journal Endangered Species Research.


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Songbirds tweak their tunes to cope with clamor

Posted on 14. July, 2011.

Some birds that live near noisy sites can alter their songs to deal with din. But closely related species with similar songs may tweak their tunes in different ways, according a new study led by Clinton Francis of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, NC. The study was published in the May 25 issue of Biology Letters.


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Sale of poultry drug suspended

Posted on 13. July, 2011.

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced that Alpharma, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., will voluntarily suspend US sales of the animal drug 3-Nitro (Roxarsone), a product used by poultry producers since the 1940s.


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Axis Deer threaten native birds on Hawaii's Big Island

Posted on 13. July, 2011.

A coalition of resource managers on Hawaii Island have confirmed the presence of a new threat to the island’s biodiversity – introduced axis.


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Rare Andean Bird escapes brush with extinction

Posted on 11. July, 2011.

The Pale-headed Brush-Finch – once considered extinct – has been downlisted from Critically Endangered to Endangered on the IUCN Red List of globally threatened birds after of more than a decade of sustained conservation action.


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