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  1. Content type: Research

    Melanin-based coloration is often found to be associated with variations in physiological and behavioral traits that are essential in avian communication. However, the function of melanin-based traits to their...

    Authors: Hsin-Yi Hung and Shou-Hsien Li

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:26

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    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...

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

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:25

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  3. Content type: Methodology

    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...

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

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:24

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    Evolutionary biology endeavours to explain biological diversity, and as such it is critical to develop an understanding of the adaptive and functional significance of trait variation. Spermatozoa exhibit remar...

    Authors: Melissah Rowe, Simon C. Griffith, Antje Hofgaard and Jan T. Lifjeld

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:23

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    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...

    Authors: Valery M. Gavrilov

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:19

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  6. Content type: Research

    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.

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

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:18

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  7. Content type: Research

    The Yangtze River floodplain provides important wintering habitats for Hooded Cranes (Grus monacha) in China. Fluctuations in the water level change foraging habitat and food availability, affecting their tempora...

    Authors: Dongmei Zhang, Lizhi Zhou and Yunwei Song

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:16

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  8. Content type: Research

    Historically the babblers have been assigned to the family Timaliidae but several recent studies have attempted to rest the taxonomy of this diverse passerine assemblage on a more firm evolutionary footing. Th...

    Authors: Herman L Mays Jr, Bailey D McKay, Dieter Thomas Tietze, Cheng-Te Yao, Lindsey N Miller, Kathleen N Moreland and Fumin Lei

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:17

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  9. Content type: Review

    Mixed-species flocks of birds are distributed world-wide and can be especially dominant in temperate forests during the non-breeding season and in tropical rainforests year-round. We review from a community ec...

    Authors: Eben Goodale, Ping Ding, Xiaohu Liu, Ari Martínez, Xingfeng Si, Mitch Walters and Scott K. Robinson

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:14

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  10. Content type: Research

    Generally speaking, playbacks were often ineffective to determine the group sizes of birds since mainly males from leks responded. This limitation has not been tested properly for flocking birds such as Creste...

    Authors: Johann H. van Niekerk

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:13

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    China’s coastal wetlands belong to some of the most threatened ecosystems worldwide. The loss and degradation of these wetlands seriously threaten waterbirds that depend on wetlands.

    Authors: Qingquan Bai, Jianzhong Chen, Zhihong Chen, Guotai Dong, Jiangtian Dong, Wenxiao Dong, Vivian Wing Kan Fu, Yongxiang Han, Gang Lu, Jing Li, Yang Liu, Zhi Lin, Derong Meng, Jonathan Martinez, Guanghui Ni, Kai Shan…

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:12

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  12. Content type: Research

    Brain size may affect the probability of invasion of urban habitats if a relatively larger brain entails superior ability to adapt to novel environments. However, once urbanized urban environments may provide ...

    Authors: Anders Pape Møller and Johannes Erritzøe

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:8

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  13. Content type: Research

    The Russet Bush Warbler Locustella (previously Bradypterus) mandelli complex occurs in mountains in the eastern Himalayas, southern China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The taxonomy has been debated, w...

    Authors: Per Alström, Canwei Xia, Pamela C Rasmussen, Urban Olsson, Bo Dai, Jian Zhao, Paul J Leader, Geoff J Carey, Lu Dong, Tianlong Cai, Paul I Holt, Hung Le Manh, Gang Song, Yang Liu, Yanyun Zhang and Fumin Lei

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:9

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  14. Content type: Review

    The coevolutionary interaction between cuckoos and their hosts has been studied for a long time, but to date some puzzles still remain unsolved. Whether cuckoos parasitize their hosts by laying eggs randomly o...

    Authors: Canchao Yang, Fugo Takasu, Wei Liang and Anders P Møller

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:5

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    Passerida is the largest avian radiation within the order Passeriformes. Current understanding of the high-level relationships within Passerida is based on DNA–DNA hybridizations; however, the phylogenetic rel...

    Authors: Lina Wu, Yanfeng Sun, Juyong Li, Yaqing Li, Yuefeng Wu and Dongming Li

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:1

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  16. Content type: Research

    Acclimatization to winter conditions is an essential prerequisite for survival of small passerines of the northern temperate zone. In the present study, we measured diurnal variations in body mass, body temper...

    Authors: Lidan Zhao, Runmei Wang, Yunan Wu, Mengsi Wu, Weihong Zheng and Jinsong Liu

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:4

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  17. Content type: Research

    Flight is the central avian adaptation in evolution. Wing muscles form an important anatomical basis for avian flight, affecting wing performance and determine modes of flight. However, the roles of distal mus...

    Authors: Yan Yang, Huan Wang and Zihui Zhang

    Citation: Avian Research 2015 6:3

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  18. Content type: Research

    Parasites have adverse effects on the life and survival of many migratory waterbirds, especially birds on the endangered species list. Hooded Cranes are large migratory colonial waterbirds wintering in wetland...

    Authors: Wei Huang, Lizhi Zhou and Niannian Zhao

    Citation: Avian Research 2014 5:6

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  19. Content type: Research

    According to current taxonomy only three out of 27 Sinohimalayan leaf warbler species (Phylloscopidae) are considered genetically uniform across their entire breeding range along the Southeastern margin of the...

    Authors: Martin Päckert, Yue-Hua Sun, Balduin S Fischer, Dieter Thomas Tietze and Jochen Martens

    Citation: Avian Research 2014 5:2

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  20. Content type: Research

    Seasonal adjustments in body mass and energy budget are important for the survival of small birds in temperate zones. Seasonal changes in body mass, body temperature, gross energy intake (GEI), digestible ener...

    Authors: Mengsi Wu, Yuchao Xiao, Fang Yang, Limeng Zhou, Weihong Zheng and Jinsong Liu

    Citation: Avian Research 2014 5:4

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