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Development of novel microsatellite markers for the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) and their utility in cross-species amplification

Posted on 12. September, 2016.

The Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) is a large forest raptor with a Holarctic distribution and, in some portions of its range, a species of conservation concern. 

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Satellite Data Show Migrating Birds Have a Small Window to Spread Bird Flu

Posted on 18. January, 2011.

In 2005, an outbreak of H5N1 in South East Asia led to widespread fears that the intercontinental migration of wild birds could lead to a global pandemic. Such fears were never realised. Now research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology reveals why the global spread of bird flu by direct migration of wildfowl is unlikely. It also provides a new framework for quantifying the risk of avian-borne diseases.

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Mycoplasmal Conjunctivitis in House Finches

Posted on 16. December, 2010.

This bacterial disease causes conjunctivitis in one or both eyes of the host. In the next issue of Avian Biology Research, Andrew K. Davis tests the idea that this disease is more prominent in the left eye of infected birds.

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In the next issue of Avian Biology Research...

Posted on 15. December, 2010.

The editor-in-chief, Charles Deeming, gives his impression of the 13th European Poultry Conference held in Tours, France ( There were probably well over a thousand delegates at this year's event. Whilst it is nominally a European event it attracted people from all around the world, but was it worth the cost of the fare?

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SPECIAL OFFER: Avian Biology Research Double Issue

Posted on 15. October, 2010.

In commercial poultry production, incubation is pivotal in maximising production and quality and yet an understanding of this process is sometimes lacking in managers of hatcheries. In part this is due to the failure of knowledge transfer between scientists and the industry.

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New Directory Set to Help Conserve Cuba's Birds

Posted on 6. October, 2010.

The National Centre for Protected Areas (CNAP, BirdLife in Cuba) has launched an Important Bird Areas (IBAs) directory for Cuba. Áreas Importantes para la Conservación de las Aves en Cuba details 28 IBAs – Cuba's highest priority sites for bird conservation – covering over 2.3 million hectares or 21% of Cuban territory.  IBAs support critical populations of globally threatened birds, species with restricted-ranges, and those birds that congregate in significant numbers for breeding, feeding or on and migration.

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Alarming drop in numbers of endangered Sokoke Scops Owls seen in Africa

Posted on 6. October, 2010.

The number of Sokoke Scops Owls, a tiny endangered owl found in Kenya and Tanzania, has dropped sharply in the last 16 years, according to a new study by The Peregrine Fund, the National Museums of Kenya and an organisation called icipe. The study was published in Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology.

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Beta-Glucans as Immunomodulators in Poultry: Use and Potential Applications

Posted on 5. October, 2010.

Currently, the poultry industry relies heavily on chemotherapy to control disease outbreaks.  In recent years, consumers have become increasingly concerned about chemical residues in meat products and pathogen resistance to antimicrobial agents, resulting in mounting pressure to ban chemotherapeutic agents from feeds.

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Latin America and Caribbean Birds Listed for Endangered Species Act Protection

Posted on 1. October, 2010.

Two species of birds from Ecuador are now protected by the Endangered Species Act following the publication of two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service final listing determinations in the 27 July 2010,  Federal Register.

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