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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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UK's First Purple Heron Chick Takes Flight

Posted on 27. September, 2010.

It’s a sight wildlife lovers have been waiting for – the first purple heron chick ever to be raised successfully in the UK has taken its first flight and is learning to fend for itself.


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Ancient 'Terror Bird' Used Powerful Beak to Jab Like Boxer

Posted on 27. September, 2010.

The ancient "terror bird" Andalgalornis could not fly, but it used its unusually large, rigid skull - coupled with a hawk-like hooked beak – to fight like a boxer.


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Birds Fly into the Red

Posted on 24. September, 2010.

BirdLife International has announced, in the 2010 IUCN Red List update for birds, the extinction of the Alaotra Grebe. Restricted to a tiny area of east Madagascar, this species declined rapidly after carnivorous fish were introduced to the lakes in which it lived. This, along with the use of nylon gill-nets by fisherman which caught and drowned birds, has driven this species into extinction.


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Focus Shifts to Restoration in Gulf Oil Spill

Posted on 24. September, 2010.

Despite the major movement towards the permanent capping of the Macondo well (the remnant of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil platform explosion), concern about the disaster's long-term toll on birds and their habitat remains very much alive, according to the US National Audubon Society.


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A Tradition Continues...

Posted on 21. September, 2010.

Avian Biology Research issue 3 is proud to continue its tradition of publishing extracts from the meeting of the Incubation and Fertility Research Group. Factors affecting the production of turkeys, ducks, pheasants, ostriches, and chickens were discussed, thus fulfilling the meeting's objective of reporting research into the incubation and fertility of all avian species.


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Search For The Jamaican Petrel

Posted on 29. June, 2010.

Researchers have been looking for the critically endangered – and possibly extinct – Jamaican petrel as part of the global Tubenoses Project, according to BirdLife International. This mythical seabird – known locally as the 'Blue Mountain duck' – has not been recorded since 1879 when the last specimens were collected in Jamaica's Blue Mountains.


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Bolivian Communities Unite To Protect Rare Red-Fronted Macaw

Posted on 29. June, 2010.

Two communities in the southern Bolivian Department of Cochabamba have joined forces with American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and the Center for Biodiversity and Genetics to designate two areas of almost 500,000 acres to aid in the protection of the Red-fronted Macaw. These important areas will also help protect other rare and declining species.


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Migratory Behaviour Affects The Size Of Bird Brains

Posted on 29. June, 2010.

Scientists have known for some time that migratory birds have smaller brains than their resident relatives. Now a new study published in the March edition of the journal PLoS One looks into the reasons and concludes that the act of migrating leads to a reduced brain size.


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