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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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Have we met before? Pigeons recognise familiar human faces

Posted on 1. June, 2012.

Have you ever thought the pigeons at the park were looking at you strangely? They may be just checking to see if you are someone they know. New research published in Avian Biology Research shows that pigeons can reliably discriminate between familiar and unfamiliar humans, and that they use facial features to tell us apart.

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Nest Construction and Function 2012

Posted on 24. January, 2012.

The first international conference to focus on the many aspects of nest construction and function in birds will take place in Lincoln in September 2012. Organised by Charles Deeming, Editor in Chief of Avian Biology Research, the conference will form the basis of a future special issue.

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Why do birds have different coloured eggs?

Posted on 23. December, 2011.

Modern reptiles invariably have white eggs. But the evolution of birds has led to a spectacular array of coloured and patterned eggshells. Avian Biology Research looks at what role these colours play in the reproductive biology of birds.

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Animal Behaviour expert scoops International Research Award

Posted on 10. October, 2011.

Dr Anna Wilkinson, editor of Avian Biology Research and our expert in animal behaviour, has been awarded the Physiology Prize at this year’s IG Nobel awards for the study No Evidence of Contagious Yawning in the Red-Footed Tortoise. The awards, which were presented at Harvard University, USA, honour scientific achievements that: ‘first make people laugh, and then make them think’.

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Avian Abstracts Available

Posted on 4. October, 2011.

The 2011 Incubation and Fertility Research Group {WPSA Working Group 6 (Reproduction)} conference  saw speakers from all over the world discussing aspects of incubation and fertility in a variety of avian species.

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Study finds culling more effective than vaccinating

Posted on 13. September, 2011.

In both economic and epidemiological terms, the practice of culling on farms within a radius of 1 to 3 km of infected farms is the best method of combating Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) according to a recent study by the Netherlands-based research group Wageningen UR.

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Feathers show stress hormone in birds

Posted on 13. September, 2011.

When faced with environmental threats like bad weather, predators or oil spills, wild birds secrete a hormone called corticosterone. Traditionally, researchers have analysed blood samples to detect corticosterone levels in wild birds.

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Females choose mates for their personalities

Posted on 13. September, 2011.

Adventurous female zebra finches choose mates with similar personalities, regardless of the male's appearance and other assets, according to new research led by the University of Exeter and published in the journal Ethology. This is the first study to show that the non-sexual behaviour or personalities of both mates influences partner choice in non-humans.

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