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  1. Content type: Research

    The breeding information of most birds in Asian tropical areas, especially in limestone forests, is still poorly known. The Streaked Wren-Babbler (Napothera brevicaudata) is an uncommon tropical limestone bird wi...

    Authors: Aiwu Jiang, Demeng Jiang, Fang Zhou and Eben Goodale

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:28

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  2. Content type: Research

    Wild birds are considered to be reservoirs of human enteric pathogens and vectors of antimicrobial resistance dissemination in the environment. During their annual migration, they play a potential role in the...

    Authors: Maria Foti, Antonietta Mascetti, Vittorio Fisichella, Egidio Fulco, Bianca Maria Orlandella and Francesco Lo Piccolo

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:26

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  3. Content type: Research

    Acclimatization to winter conditions is an essential prerequisite for the survival of small birds in the northern temperate zone. Changes in photoperiod, ambient temperature and food availability trigger seaso...

    Authors: Min Li, Yingqiao Sun, Hongzhen Mao, Jinhua Xu, Weihong Zheng and Jinsong Liu

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:25

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  4. Content type: Research

    The Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) is a partial migrant with the populations from Eastern and Northern Europe migrating south to sub-Saharan Africa. During the autumn migration, that is peaking in Sep...

    Authors: Nicolantonio Agostini, Michele Panuccio, Alberto Pastorino, Nir Sapir and Giacomo Dell’Omo

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:24

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  5. Content type: Research

    Bone fracture frequencies and survival rates are essential parameters in skeleton evolution, but information on the functional consequences of naturally healed fractures is scarce. No leg bone fracture healing...

    Authors: Jessica Reichert, Gerald Mayr, Thomas Wilke and Winfried S. Peters

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:23

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  6. Content type: Research

    Birds produce alarm calls to convey information about threats. Some Passerine alarm calls consist of several note strings, but few studies have examined their function. Previous studies have shown that Japane...

    Authors: Jiangping Yu, Weiwei Lv, Hongwei Xu, Nehafta Bibi, Yangyang Yu, Yunlei Jiang, Wei Liang and Haitao Wang

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:22

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  7. Content type: Research

    The motivation of birds to proceed with migration is associated with both endogenous and exogenous factors. According to their migratory situation and to the characteristics of stopover sites, birds might exhi...

    Authors: Ning Hua, Susanne Åkesson, Qianyan Zhou and Zhijun Ma

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:20

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  8. Content type: Research

    The behavior of cranes reflects many of their survival strategies, but little has been known of the incubation strategies of cranes, in which both parents share incubation duties, in response to cold temperatu...

    Authors: Lixun Zhang, Bei An, Meilin Shu, Changming Zhao, Xiaojun Yang, Yila Suo, Yongjun Se and Xilite Dabu

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:19

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  9. Content type: Research

    In temperate-breeding birds, individuals must adjust their physiological states from one life-history stage to another in response to changing conditions to maximize ecological fitness. Previous evidences have...

    Authors: Yuliang Zhao, Lingjuan Gong, Baohua Zhao, Xuebin Gao, Yuefeng Wu and Dongming Li

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:18

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  10. Content type: Research

    The adjustment of sex ratios in birds can occur at the egg and nestling stages. Previous studies showed that the sex ratio was affected by environmental factors and parental condition; it may result in seasona...

    Authors: Zhifeng Ding, Fang Ji, Qiuli Huang, Longwu Wang, Aiwu Jiang, Chunlan Zhang, Yongjun Feng, Yuan Tian, Huijian Hu and Wei Liang

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:15

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  11. Content type: Research

    Waterbirds are globally declining as a result of habitat loss, alteration or degradation. Fishing activities may affect waterbird distribution, abundance and diversity, and traditional fishing activities often...

    Authors: K. M. Aarif, Aymen Nefla, S. B. Muzaffar, K. K. Musammilu and P. K. Prasadan

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:16

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  12. Content type: Research

    The Emei Shan Liocichla (Liocichla omeiensis) is an endemic bird species to southwestern China with a small geographic range. However, little was known about the genetic status of this threatened species.

    Authors: Ailin Yang, De Chen, Pengcheng Wang, Yiqiang Fu and Zhengwang Zhang

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:13

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  13. Content type: Research

    The aim of the study was to explore the ecological diversity of wild birds in Siberia, which are the natural reservoir of avian influenza virus (AIV).

    Authors: K. A. Sharshov, A. K. Yurlov, Xinxin Li, Wen Wang, Laixing Li, Yuhai Bi, Wenjun Liu, Takehiko Saito, Haruko Ogawa and A. M. Shestopalov

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:12

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  14. Content type: Research

    Physiological preparation for reproduction in small passerines involves the increased secretion of reproductive hormones, elevation of the metabolic rate and energy storage, all of which are essential for repr...

    Authors: Lidan Zhao, Lijun Gao, Wenyu Yang, Xianglong Xu, Weiwei Wang, Wei Liang and Shuping Zhang

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:10

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  15. Content type: Research

    Habitat selection is linked to a range of behavioral and non-habitat-related phenomena. The Snow Partridge (Lerwa lerwa) is a little known bird distributed along the Himalayas at high elevations in extreme habita...

    Authors: Hongyan Yao, Geoffrey Davison, Nan Wang, Changqing Ding and Yong Wang

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:8

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  16. Content type: Research

    World-wide grassland birds are in decline due to habitat loss and degradation resulting from intensive agricultural practices. Understanding how key grassland habitat attributes determine grassland bird densit...

    Authors: David H. Maphisa, Hanneline Smit-Robinson, Les G. Underhill and Res Altwegg

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:5

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  17. Content type: Research

    The Slender-billed Parakeet (Enicognathus leptorhynchus) is a psittacine endemic to southern Chile and an obligate secondary cavity-nester. In the central valley of southern Chile, most (94%) of the known Slender...

    Authors: Thomas H. White Jr. and Jaime E. Jiménez

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:3

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  18. Content type: Research

    The Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Linnaeus, 1758 is the most widespread pheasant in the world and widely introduced as a game bird. Increasing needs for conservation genetics and management of both wild a...

    Authors: Biao Wang, Xuan Xie, Simin Liu, Xuejing Wang, Hong Pang and Yang Liu

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:4

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  19. Content type: Research

    Geographic variation in body size is assumed to reflect adaptation to local environmental conditions. Although Bergmann’s rule is usually sufficient to explain such variation in homeotherms, some exceptions ha...

    Authors: Yanfeng Sun, Mo Li, Gang Song, Fumin Lei, Dongming Li and Yuefeng Wu

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:1

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  20. Content type: Research

    While agriculture has taken much environmental water in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin, agricultural expansion has resulted in a vast number of farm dams, almost three-quarters of a million in the Murray-Dar...

    Authors: Andrew J. Hamilton, Chloé Conort, Aurore Bueno, Christopher G. Murray and James R. Grove

    Citation: Avian Research 2017 8:2

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  21. Content type: Research

    The Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) is an endangered bird species and while the wild population continues to decrease in China, the captive population has dramatically increased over the last two decades. We...

    Authors: Daqing Zhou, Xin Xia, Wanggu Xu, Haonan Zhang, Zhedong Qian, Jun Gao, Zhi Wang and Mingkang Jiang

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:22

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  22. Content type: Research

    The success of cuckoo parasitism is thought to depend largely on the extent of egg matching between cuckoo and host eggs, since poor-matching cuckoo egg would lead to more frequent egg rejection by the host. I...

    Authors: Donglai Li, Yanan Ruan, Ying Wang, Alan K. Chang, Dongmei Wan and Zhengwang Zhang

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:21

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  23. Content type: Research

    In birds, the trade-off between the quality and number of nestlings is one of the most important theories of the evolution of life history of birds, which is closely related with climate. We investigated varia...

    Authors: Sen Song, Jiani Chen, Bo Jiang and Naifa Liu

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:20

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  24. Content type: Research

    Restoring a viable population by reintroduction is the ultimate goal of a large number of ex situ conservation projects for endangered animals. However, many reintroductions fail to establish a population in t...

    Authors: Boye Liu, Li Li, Huw Lloyd, Canwei Xia, Yanyun Zhang and Guangmei Zheng

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:19

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  25. Content type: Research

    The Emei Shan Liocichla (Liocichla omeiensis) is a globally vulnerable babbler, endemic to southwestern China. We investigated its nest predators, nest-site selection and nest success at the Laojunshan National ...

    Authors: Yiqiang Fu, Benping Chen, Simon D. Dowell and Zhengwang Zhang

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:18

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  26. Content type: Short Report

    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...

    Authors: Bruno A. Walther

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:16

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  27. Content type: Research

    We investigated the impact of human recreational disturbances on the distribution of birds along a popular nature trail in Sinhararja World Heritage Forest, Sri Lanka. It was hypothesized that visual and noise...

    Authors: Nilusha S. Alwis, Priyan Perera and Nihal P. Dayawansa

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:15

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  28. Content type: Short Report

    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...

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

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:14

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  29. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: Nan Lyu, Jinlin Li and Yue-Hua Sun

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:10

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  30. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:11

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  31. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:8

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  32. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:7

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  33. Content type: Research

    Diet-derived carotenoid pigments are concentrated in the retinas of birds and serve a variety of functions, including photoprotection. In domesticated bird species (e.g., chickens and quail), retinal carotenoi...

    Authors: Matthew B. Toomey and Kevin J. McGraw

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:5

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  34. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: Joseph D. Manthey and Mark B. Robbins

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:6

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  35. Content type: Research

    Until recently little was known about factors affecting reproductive parameters of the Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) on intensively cultivated farmland in the Mediterranean area. In this study, the reproducti...

    Authors: Saâd Hanane

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:4

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  36. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:3

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  37. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: Avian Research 2016 7:1

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