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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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Some Good News For Rare Black Grouse

Posted on 28. June, 2010.

Wardens at the RSPB’s Geltsdale nature reserve in the north of England have been excited to see far more black grouse 'lekking' than usual on their early morning watches this spring which is bucking the trend in the rest of England.


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Magpie Parents Appear To Induce Mortality Of Unwanted Chicks

Posted on 24. June, 2010.

According to a study published in Journal of Avian Biology, magpies favour some of their nestlings over others but in a strange and unique manner. Dr Sang-im Lee and her colleagues at Seoul National University and Ewha University, South Korea, examined the mortality of magpie nestlings and found 'rarer-sex disadvantage'. This means that sons die out more when more daughters are present in the nest, and daughters die more when more sons are in the nest.


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New Report On Wild Bird Populations Released

Posted on 24. June, 2010.

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has released updated figures for bird populations in England. The report, “Wild bird population indicators for the English regions: 1994 – 2008”, covers farmland, woodland and all native wild birds.


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Rare Bird Found In Wales

Posted on 22. June, 2010.

A pair of birds - whose nearest relatives live in the high-altitude bamboo forests of Asia – have been found at RSPB Conwy nature reserve in Llandudno Junction in North Wales.


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Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Important Bird Areas

Posted on 22. June, 2010.

The massive Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has begun to reach some of the 25 recognised Important Bird Areas (IBAs) that line the US Gulf Coast from Louisiana to south Florida, according to the Audubon Society.


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Call For Papers: Avian Biology Research

Posted on 14. June, 2010.

Do you have an interest in any field of ornithological research? Avian Biology Research is calling for papers.


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Victims And Vectors: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 And The Ecology Of Wild Birds

Posted on 14. June, 2010.

The emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses has raised concerns about the role of wild birds in the spread and persistence of the disease.


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