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Global relationships that determine bird diversity on islands uncovered

It is known that biodiversity is unevenly distributed across the planet. But why do some islands such as the Galápagos and Hawaii harbour so many unique species of birds?

19 Feb 2020 Nature

Sweet beaks: What Galapagos finches and marine bacteria have in common

Closely related, abundant clades of marine Polaribacter avoid competition during spring algae blooms via distinct sugar diets.

19 Feb 2020 ISME Journal

What birdsong tells us about brain cells and learning

UChicago scientists show how neurons in birds are affected by the process of learning songs - with surprising similarities to the causes of stuttering in humans.

19 Feb 2020 Nature Communications

Feeding bluebirds helps fend off parasites

New research shows that feeding bluebirds can have a significant impact on parasitic nest flies feeding on baby bluebirds.

4 Feb 2020 Journal of Applied Ecology

The consequences of craniofacial integration for the adaptive radiations of Darwin’s finches and Hawaiian honeycreepers

Darwin’s finches are among the most celebrated examples of adaptive radiation in the evolution of modern vertebrates.

3 Feb 2020 Nature Ecology & Evolution

In birds, as in people, a bigger group of friends isn’t always better

Researchers have recently discovered that there is a trade-off between having too many friends and having long-lasting friendships.

23 Jan 2020 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Biologists recommend urgent action to protect California spotted owls

New research suggests that wildlife managers may still be able to head off similar problems in critical areas of the Golden State – if they act now.

22 Jan 2020 The Condor: Ornithological Applications

Hummingbirds’ rainbow colors come from pancake-shaped structures in their feathers

A new study shows that while hummingbird feathers have the same basic makeup as other birds', the special shape of their pigment-containing structures enables them to reflect a rainbow of light.

10 Jan 2020 Evolution

Photos: Collection of new bird species discovered on small Wallacean islands

These findings suggest that many biologically underexplored places still exist across the Earth's surface.

9 Jan 2020 Science

African grey parrots spontaneously ‘lend a wing’

African grey parrots voluntarily and spontaneously help familiar parrots to achieve a goal, without obvious immediate benefit to themselves.

9 Jan 2020 Current Biology

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