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  1. Short Report

    Birds caught in spider webs in Asia

    A recent global review of birds caught in spider webs reported only three Asian cases. Given this surprisingly low number, I made a concerted effort to obtain additional Asian cases from the literature, the i...

    Bruno A. Walther

    Avian Research 2016 7:16

    Published on: 19 October 2016

  2. Short Report

    First record of Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) parasitism by Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus) in Bangladesh

    The Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus) is a widespread brood parasite in Asia, but no data on host species utilization in Bangladesh exist. By searching for nests of all possible host species of the Plaintiv...

    Mominul Islam Nahid, Frode Fossøy, Sajeda Begum, Eivin Røskaft and Bård G. Stokke

    Avian Research 2016 7:14

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  3. Research

    Can simple songs express useful signals for mate choice?

    As one of the most elaborate and diverse sexual signals, bird songs are prominent among mate choice criteria. Females generally prefer mates with larger repertoire size, which promotes the evolution of song co...

    Nan Lyu, Jinlin Li and Yue-Hua Sun

    Avian Research 2016 7:10

    Published on: 14 June 2016

  4. Research

    Relationships between interspecific differences in the mass of internal organs, biochemical markers of metabolic activity, and the thermogenic properties of three small passerines

    The capacity for thermogenesis is considered part of an animal’s adaptive strategy for survival, and basal metabolic rate (BMR) is one of the fundamental physiological standards for assessing the energy cost o...

    Minlan Bai, Xujian Wu, Kejing Cai, Weihong Zheng and Jinsong Liu

    Avian Research 2016 7:11

    Published on: 7 June 2016

  5. Research

    Evaluation of nest site preferences of a nest dismantler, the Hair-crested Drongo (Dicrurus hottentottus) in Dongzhai National Nature Reserve of central China

    The Hair-crested Drongo (Dicrurus hottentottus) exhibits a unique nest-dismantling behavior after the fledging of the young. One hypothesis explaining this behavior is dismantling one’s own nest may reduce potent...

    Andrew Cantrell, Lei Lv, Yong Wang, Jianqiang Li and Zhengwang Zhang

    Avian Research 2016 7:8

    Published on: 4 May 2016

  6. Research

    The rediscovery of Strix butleri (Hume, 1878) in Oman and Iran, with molecular resolution of the identity of Strix omanensis Robb, van den Berg and Constantine, 2013

    Many species of owls (Strigidae) represent cryptic species and their taxonomic study is in flux. In recent years, two new species of owls of the genus Strix have been described from the Middle East by different r...

    Magnus S. Robb, George Sangster, Mansour Aliabadian, Arnoud B. van den Berg, Mark Constantine, Martin Irestedt, Ali Khani, Seyed Babak Musavi, João M. G. Nunes, Maïa Sarrouf Willson and Alyn J. Walsh

    Avian Research 2016 7:7

    Published on: 27 April 2016

  7. Research

    Genomic insights into hybridization in a localized region of sympatry between pewee sister species (Contopus sordidulus × C. virens) and their chromosomal patterns of differentiation

    The Great Plains of the United States includes a large number of hybrid and contact zones between bird species. The amount of gene flow between sister species in these zones ranges from very rare hybridization...

    Joseph D. Manthey and Mark B. Robbins

    Avian Research 2016 7:6

    Published on: 29 March 2016

  8. Research

    Experimental evidence for ovarian hypofunction in sparrow hybrids

    Postzygotic isolation in the form of reduced viability and/or fertility of hybrids may help maintain species boundaries in the face of interspecific gene flow. Past hybridization events between house sparrows (Pa...

    Fabrice Eroukhmanoff, Melissah Rowe, Emily R. A. Cramer, Fredrik Haas, Jo S. Hermansen, Anna Runemark, Arild Johnsen and Glenn-Peter Sætre

    Avian Research 2016 7:3

    Published on: 24 February 2016

  9. Research

    Integrative taxonomy of the Plain-backed Thrush (Zoothera mollissima) complex (Aves, Turdidae) reveals cryptic species, including a new species

    The Plain-backed Thrush Zoothera mollissima breeds in the Himalayas and mountains of central China. It was long considered conspecific with the Long-tailed Thrush Zoothera dixoni, until these were shown to be br...

    Per Alström, Pamela C. Rasmussen, Chao Zhao, Jingzi Xu, Shashank Dalvi, Tianlong Cai, Yuyan Guan, Ruiying Zhang, Mikhail V. Kalyakin, Fumin Lei and Urban Olsson

    Avian Research 2016 7:1

    Published on: 20 January 2016

  10. Research

    DNA reveals long-distance partial migratory behavior in a cryptic owl lineage

    The Brown Hawk Owl complex is said to consist of three species, the Brown Boobook (Ninox scutulata), the Chocolate Boobook (Ninox randi) and the Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica), which includes the nominate migr...

    Keren R. Sadanandan, David J. X. Tan, Kolbjørn Schjølberg, Philip D. Round and Frank E. Rheindt

    Avian Research 2015 6:25

    Published on: 14 December 2015

  11. Methodology

    Noninvasive and nondestructive sampling for avian microsatellite genotyping: a case study on the vulnerable Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes)

    Noninvasive and nondestructive DNA sampling techniques are becoming more important in genetic studies because they can provide genetic material from wild animals with less or even without disturbance, which is...

    Yufei Dai, Qingxian Lin, Wenzhen Fang, Xiaoping Zhou and Xiaolin Chen

    Avian Research 2015 6:24

    Published on: 4 December 2015

  12. Research

    The stoichiometric approach in determining total evaporative water loss and the relationship between evaporative and non-evaporative heat loss in two resting bird species: passerine and non-passerine

    Evaporation is of significant ecological interest. Evaporation from an animal always results in a decrease in the temperature of the surface from which the evaporation occurs. Therefore, evaporation is a one-w...

    Valery M. Gavrilov

    Avian Research 2015 6:19

    Published on: 6 October 2015

  13. Research

    Rapid increase in numbers and change of land-use in two expanding Columbidae species (Columba palumbus and Streptopelia decaocto) in Algeria

    Investigating population ecology of urban bird species, particularly the invasive and expending species, is the key for the success of urban management and planning strategies.

    Djamel Bendjoudi, Jean-François Voisin, Salaheddine Doumandji, Amel Merabet, Nassima Benyounes and Haroun Chenchouni

    Avian Research 2015 6:18

    Published on: 23 September 2015

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