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  1. 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  12. 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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  13. 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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    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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  15. 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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    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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  17. 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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  18. 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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    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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    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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    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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  22. 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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    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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    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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  25. 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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  26. Content type: Research

    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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  27. 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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  29. Content type: Research

    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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Content type: Research

    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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