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  1. Our understanding of any impacts of swans on other waterbirds (including other swans), and potential effects on waterbird community structure, remain limited by a paucity of fundamental behavioural and ecologi...

    Authors: Kevin A. Wood, Phoebe Ham, Jake Scales, Eleanor Wyeth and Paul E. Rose

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:30

    Content type: Research

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  2. The dynamics and structure of many bird communities are changing due to the global warming and changes in the land use and management. The Ebro Valley constitutes one of the chief wintering areas for several p...

    Authors: Juan Arizaga, Daniel Alonso, Ariñe Crespo, Xabier Esparza, Efrén Fernández, Iñigo López, David Martín and Antonio Vilches

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:29

    Content type: Research

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  3. Research activities have often been thought to potentially influence avian nesting success by increasing nest predation rates. Although recent studies of species building open nests and cavity nests suggest th...

    Authors: Qian Hu, Ye Wen, Gaoyang Yu, Jiangnan Yin, Haohui Guan, Lei Lv, Pengcheng Wang, Jiliang Xu, Yong Wang, Zhengwang Zhang and Jianqiang Li

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:28

    Content type: Research

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  4. We report for the first time the occurrence of heteroplasmy in Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) revealed by means of two mitochondrial fragments. The possible serious biological and management implications of this ...

    Authors: Claudia Pizzirani, Paolo Viola, Federica Gabbianelli, Anna Fagotti, Francesca Simoncelli, Ines Di Rosa, Paolo Salvi, Andrea Amici and Livia Lucentini

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:27

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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  5. Although urbanization is threatening biodiversity worldwide, the increasing green urban spaces could harbor relatively high biodiversity. Therefore, how to maintain the biodiversity in urban ecosystem is cruci...

    Authors: Chenxia Liang, Jun Liu, Bin Pan, Na Wang, Jie Yang, Guisheng Yang and Gang Feng

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:26

    Content type: Research

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  6. Unlike resident birds, migratory birds are generally believed to have evolved to enhance flight efficiency; however, direct evidence is still scarce due to the difficulty of measuring the flight speed and mech...

    Authors: Yang Wang, Yuan Yin, Zhipeng Ren, Chuan Jiang, Yanfeng Sun, Juyong Li, Ghulam Nabi, Yuefeng Wu and Dongming Li

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:25

    Content type: Research

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  7. Conserving migratory birds is challenging due to their reliance on multiple distant sites at different stages of their annual life cycle. The concept of “flyway”, which refers to all areas covered by the breed...

    Authors: Fenliang Kuang, Jonathan T. Coleman, Chris J. Hassell, Kar-Sin K. Leung, Grace Maglio, Wanjuan Ke, Chuyu Cheng, Jiayuan Zhao, Zhengwang Zhang and Zhijun Ma

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:24

    Content type: Research

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  8. The Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) (hereafter Pochard), a widespread and common freshwater diving duck in the Palearctic, was reclassified in 2015 from Least Concern to Vulnerable IUCN status based on rapid decli...

    Authors: Alexander Mischenko, Anthony David Fox, Saulius Švažas, Olga Sukhanova, Alexandre Czajkowski, Sergey Kharitonov, Yuri Lokhman, Oleg Ostrovsky and Daiva Vaitkuvienė

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:23

    Content type: Research

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  9. While nest attentiveness plays a critical role in the reproductive success of avian species, nest attentiveness data with high temporal resolution is not available for many species. However, improvements in bo...

    Authors: Jeffery D. Sullivan, Paul R. Marbán, Jennifer M. Mullinax, David F. Brinker, Peter C. McGowan, Carl R. Callahan and Diann J. Prosser

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:22

    Content type: Research

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  10. Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) is a species distributed in the Eurasian continent and North Africa, and inhabiting mainly in Saitama Prefecture in Japan. Eurasian Collared Dove is one of the most ...

    Authors: Kazuya Nagai, Yusuke Takahashi, Ken-ichi Tokita, Tomomi Anzai, Kiyoshi Uchida and Fumihito Nakayama

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:21

    Content type: Research

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  11. In the past decades, birdwatching as a hobby developed rapidly and produced ample scientific records that have aided conservation efforts. Therefore, it is increasingly attractive to promote avian research by ...

    Authors: Yan Zhou, Anping Chen, Jenny Q. Ouyang, Yanlin Liu, Aiyu Zheng, Zaixi Yang, Yong Zhang, Bin Wang, Yifei Jia, Shengwu Jiao, Qing Zeng and Changhu Lu

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:19

    Content type: Research

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  12. Parrots (Psittacidae Family) are one of the most colorful groups of birds in the world, their colors produced both structurally and via unusual pigments (psittacofulvins). Most species are considered to be mon...

    Authors: Macarena Morales, Deysi J. Gigena, Santiago M. Benitez-Vieyra and Diego J. Valdez

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:18

    Content type: Research

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  13. Geographical distribution of endemic species and its multiple scale drivers are an important topic in biodiversity conservation, because these species are especially vulnerable to climate change and habitat de...

    Authors: Gang Feng, Xiongwei Huang, Lingfeng Mao, Na Wang, Xueting Yang and Yanping Wang

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:17

    Content type: Research

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  14. Gut microbiota play crucial roles in host health. Wild birds and domestic poultry often occupy sympatric habitats, which facilitate the mutual transmission of intestinal microbes. However, the distinct intesti...

    Authors: Rong Fu, Xingjia Xiang, Yuanqiu Dong, Lei Cheng and Lizhi Zhou

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:13

    Content type: Research

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  15. The Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana) breeds in southeastern Siberia and parts of northeast China, and winters mainly in southeast China. Although the autumn migration pattern of Oriental Storks has been previous...

    Authors: Shujuan Fan, Qingshan Zhao, Hongbin Li, Baoguang Zhu, Shubin Dong, Yanbo Xie, Lei Cao and Anthony David Fox

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:10

    Content type: Research

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  16. Cities differ from non-urban environments by the intensity, scale, and extent of anthropogenic pressures, which can drive the occurrence, physiology, and behavior of the organisms thriving in these settings. T...

    Authors: Oscar Humberto Marín-Gómez, Michelle García-Arroyo, Camilo E. Sánchez-Sarria, J. Roberto Sosa-López, Diego Santiago-Alarcon and Ian MacGregor-Fors

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:9

    Content type: Research

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  17. Vast areas of lowland neotropical forest have regenerated after initially being cleared for agricultural purposes. The ecological value of regenerating second growth to forest-dwelling birds may largely depend...

    Authors: Jared D. Wolfe, Philip C. Stouffer, Richard O. Bierregaard Jr., David A. Luther and Thomas E. Lovejoy

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:8

    Content type: Research

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  18. Previous phylogenetic studies that include the four recognized species of Gallus have resulted in a number of distinct topologies, with little agreement. Several factors could lead to the failure to converge on a...

    Authors: George P. Tiley, Akanksha Pandey, Rebecca T. Kimball, Edward L. Braun and J. Gordon Burleigh

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:7

    Content type: Research

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  19. The majority of European Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) migrate south along the western coast of Europe and Africa, while birds from eastern regions are known to cross the Mediterranean Sea from east to west or mi...

    Authors: Jelena Kralj, Miloš Martinović, Luka Jurinović, Péter Szinai, Szandra Sütő and Bálint Preiszner

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:6

    Content type: Research

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  20. Understanding how overwintering birds choose foraging habitats is very important for conservation management. The overwintering Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) feeds on crop remains in farmlands; thus, reas...

    Authors: Dawei Wu, Canshi Hu, Mingming Zhang, Zhumei Li and Haijun Su

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:5

    Content type: Research

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  21. The habitat use and foraging behaviors of waterbirds are closely related to the distribution and abundance of their food resources. Reductions in food supply can cause waterbirds to shift their habitats and ad...

    Authors: Yanguang Fan, Lizhi Zhou, Lei Cheng, Yunwei Song and Wenbin Xu

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:3

    Content type: Research

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  22. Accurate estimation of nestlings’ age is essential in avian demography studies as well as in population ecology and conservation. For example, it can be useful for synchronizing nest visits with events of part...

    Authors: Joana S. Costa, Afonso D. Rocha, Ricardo A. Correia and José A. Alves

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:2

    Content type: Methodology

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  23. Phylogeographical patterns and population dynamics are usually interpreted by environmental disturbances and geographic barriers of the past. However, sister species may exhibit disparate patterns of genetic s...

    Authors: Bei An, Lixun Zhang, Yutao Wang and Sen Song

    Citation: Avian Research 2020 11:1

    Content type: Research

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  24. Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus), hereafter red-wings, are much less frequently parasitized by Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) in eastern North America than in central North America and had not ...

    Authors: Justin J. Reel and Todd J. Underwood

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:47

    Content type: Research

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  25. The thermoregulatory ability of animals is strongly influenced by the temperature of their environment. Acclimation to cold requires a range of physiological and morphological adjustments. In this study, we te...

    Authors: Danqi Cui, Na Wang, Jingru Ge, Jiaying Xu, Weihong Zheng and Jinsong Liu

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:46

    Content type: Research

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  26. For secondary cavity-nesting bird species that do not add lining materials to nests, the presence of old nest material or organic remains that have accumulated within nest cavities from previous breeding event...

    Authors: Mingju E, Tuo Wang, Shangyu Wang, Ye Gong, Jiangping Yu, Lin Wang, Wei Ou and Haitao Wang

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:43

    Content type: Research

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  27. The reliability of long-term population estimates is crucial for conservation and management purposes. Most previous studies assume that count indices are proportionally related to abundance; however, this ass...

    Authors: Fasheng Zou, Qiang Zhang, Min Zhang, Myung-Bok Lee, Xincai Wang, Yuening Gong and Changteng Yang

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:42

    Content type: Research

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  28. Avian influenza viruses (AIVs) have been identified from more than 100 different species of wild birds around the globe. Wild migratory birds can act as potential spreaders for AIVs to domestic birds between d...

    Authors: Ali M. Zanaty, Ahmed M. Erfan, Wessam H. Mady, Fatma Amer, Ahmed A. Nour, Neveen Rabie, Mohamed Samy, Abdullah A. Selim, Wafaa M. M. Hassan and Mahmoud M. Naguib

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:41

    Content type: Research

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  29. Timing of breeding season of temperate passerines has been considered to be adjusted to their food availability. There is little work to reveal the cell stress responses of the nestlings hatched asynchronized ...

    Authors: Liang Zhang, Lidan Zhao, Xinjie Zhang, Wei Liang and Shuping Zhang

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:40

    Content type: Research

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  30. Exotic parrots have established breeding populations in southeast Florida, including several species that nest in tree cavities. We aimed to determine the species identity, nest site requirements, relative nes...

    Authors: Joshua M. Diamond and Michael S. Ross

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:39

    Content type: Research

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  31. Dietary specialization should arise when there is a relatively high abundance of a particular resource, where animals may select food items to obtain an optimal diet that maximizes energy intake. Large-bodied ...

    Authors: Sylvia Margarita de la Parra-Martínez, Luis Guillermo Muñoz-Lacy, Alejandro Salinas-Melgoza and Katherine Renton

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:38

    Content type: Research

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  32. Animals that live at higher latitudes/elevations would have a larger body size (Bergmann’s rule) and a smaller appendage size (Allen’s rule) for thermoregulatory reasons. According to the heat conservation hyp...

    Authors: Liqing Fan, Tianlong Cai, Ying Xiong, Gang Song and Fumin Lei

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:34

    Content type: Research

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  33. Sperm motility parameters, which can be measured objectively and repeatedly by a computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA) system, are important indicators of sperm quality. However, the sperm motility parameter...

    Authors: Ying Yang, Yingmei Zhang, Jian Ding, Shiwei Ai, Rui Guo, Xiaojuan Bai and Wenzhi Yang

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:35

    Content type: Research

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  34. Understanding the factors that influence the foraging behavior and perception of habitat quality by animals has long been the focus in ecology. Due to the direct effect resource acquisition has on an individua...

    Authors: Umarfarooq A. Abdulwahab, Samuel Temidayo Osinubi and Jacinta Abalaka

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:33

    Content type: Research

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  35. The Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) is an internationally threatened crane living on the plateau, mainly in winter, in the Yarlung Tsangpo River basin in Tibet, western China. In the past five years, some e...

    Authors: Ru Jia, Tian Ma, Fengjiang Zhang, Guogang Zhang, Dongping Liu and Jun Lu

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:32

    Content type: Research

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  36. Anthropogenic disturbance can negatively affect an animal’s energy budget by evoking movement responses. Existing research focuses mainly on immediate displacement as a disturbance effect, since this can be ea...

    Authors: Hans Linssen, Martijn van de Pol, Andrew M. Allen, Mitzi Jans, Bruno J. Ens, Karen L. Krijgsveld, Magali Frauendorf and Henk-Jan van der Kolk

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:31

    Content type: Research

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  37. Evidence suggests that wintering waterbirds have become conspicuously more concentrated at two largest lakes of the Yangtze River Floodplain, East Dong Ting Lake (Hunan Province, 29°20′N, 113°E) and Poyang Lak...

    Authors: Fanjuan Meng, Hongbin Li, Xin Wang, Lei Fang, Xianghuang Li, Lei Cao and Anthony David Fox

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:27

    Content type: Research

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  38. While the general migration routes of most waders are known, details concerning connectivity between breeding grounds, stopover sites and wintering grounds are often lacking. Such information is critical from ...

    Authors: Klaus-Michael Exo, Franziska Hillig and Franz Bairlein

    Citation: Avian Research 2019 10:28

    Content type: Research

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