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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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Endangered birds in UAE

Posted on 8. July, 2011.

Avian Biology Research presents papers from the Conservation and Propagation of Endangered Species of Birds Symposium. Following threats to the existence of the houbara bustard, avian research centres were established in the Arabian Peninsula. Consequently, interspecific chimeras have been developed as a route to re-populating houbaras in their native environments.


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Impact of cats on young birds in the suburbs

Posted on 19. April, 2011.

A new study on the effects of urbanisation on wildlife that tracked the early lives of grey catbirds in three Washington, D.C. suburbs found that outdoor cats were the number one source of known predation on the young birds.


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Non-native snakes take a toll on Floridas birds

Posted on 19. April, 2011.

The Everglades National Park in Florida, USA, is home to hundreds of species of native wildlife. It has also become the well-established home of the non-native Burmese python, known to be a predator of native species. Now, for the first time, scientists have conducted a detailed analysis of the avian component of the python’s diet and the negative impact the snakes may have on Florida’s native birds, including some endangered species.


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Oldest known US wild bird is a new mother

Posted on 18. April, 2011.

A Laysan albatross named Wisdom, believed to be at least 60 years old, was spotted a few weeks ago with a chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.


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Call for public debate on wind power

Posted on 18. April, 2011.

The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has called for a public debate on the impact of the wind industry on birds.


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Trumpeter Swans die from lead poisoning in North America

Posted on 18. April, 2011.

One of North America’s most iconic birds, the Trumpeter Swan, is dying in unusually high numbers from lead poisoning in the Northwest United States and Southwest Canada according to the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center (NRWC) and the Canadian Wildlife Service in Delta, Vancouver.


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Choice of litter material can decrease Salmonella in poultry flocks

Posted on 15. April, 2011.

Researchers at the Department of Animal Sciences at Georg-August-University Göttingen in Germany studied the effect of four types of litter material on the frequency of Salmonella in broilers.


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Bird call database nests online

Posted on 15. April, 2011.

Michigan State University’s Avian Vocalizations Center, or AVoCet, offers free downloads of bird sounds from around the world.


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