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Musculoskeletal underpinnings to differences in killing behavior between North American accipiters (Falconiformes: Accipitridae) and falcons (Falconidae)
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This study elucidates how differences in jaw and hindlimb musculoskeletal morphology of accipiters and falcons are reflected in Differences in their killing modes, and through differences in their force‐generating capacities. Expand
Getting a grip on tetrapod grasping: form, function, and evolution
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It is suggested that further investigation into grasping form and function within and among these clades may expose a greater role for grasping ability in the evolutionary success of many tetrapod lineages. Expand
In vivo bite and grip forces, morphology and prey-killing behavior of North American accipiters (Accipitridae) and falcons (Falconidae)
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Estimated and in vivo jaw and digital forces were nevertheless correlated, and therefore provide an important link between morphology and killing behavior in these raptors. Expand
Mechanical analysis of avian feet: multiarticular muscles in grasping and perching
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This work modelled the grasping behaviour of a simplified bird foot in response to the downward and upward forces imparted by carrying and perching tasks, respectively and shed light on the relative roles of variation in phalanx length and digit flexor muscle distribution in an integrative, mechanical context. Expand
Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Demography and Habitat use in the Suisun Marsh, California
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Investigating demographic performance and habitat use of salt marsh harvest mice in the Suisun Marsh found that densities were higher in diked wetlands, whereas post-winter persistence was higher in tidal wetlands, and reproductive potential did not differ statistically between wetland types. Expand
Wing and hindlimb myology of vultures and raptors (Accipitriformes) in relation to locomotion and foraging
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The results provide a baseline for future lines of inquiry aimed at understanding how muscle mass and CSA are affected differentially across locomotor modules, possibly in response to differential demands on wing and hindlimb function experienced by these disparate accipitriform clades. Expand
The anatomy of a shrike bite: bill shape and bite performance in Loggerhead Shrikes
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It is suggested that shrikes may achieve functional equivalence in bite pressure through variation in the amount of force applied by bills of different shapes, which may provide shrikes with greater phenotypic flexibility to meet the varied demands of their arthropod and vertebrates. Expand
Nest-building behavior of Monk Parakeets and insights into potential mechanisms for reducing damage to utility poles
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Intervention during the earlier stages of nest building, by excluding Monk Parakeets from electric lines adjacent to poles, may be an effective, non-lethal method of reducing or eliminating parakeets nesting on, and damaging, utility poles. Expand
Feeding in Birds: Thriving in Terrestrial, Aquatic, and Aerial Niches
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The structure of the feeding apparatus in birds is described, the biomechanics of those parts are described, and explicit links between form and function are established, and consequent relations to foraging behaviors are established. Expand
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