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Prevalence and differential host‐specificity of two avian blood parasite genera in the Australo‐Papuan region
The degree to which widespread avian blood parasites in the genera Plasmodium and Haemoproteus pose a threat to novel hosts depends in part on the degree to which they are constrained to a particularExpand
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Phylogenetic evidence for colour pattern convergence in toxic pitohuis: Müllerian mimicry in birds?
Bird species in the genus Pitohui are chemically defended by a potent neurotoxic alkaloid in their skin and feathers. The two most toxic pitohui species, the hooded pitohui (Pitohui dichrous) and theExpand
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Homobatrachotoxin in the genus Pitohui: chemical defense in birds?
Three passerine species in the genus Pitohui, endemic to the New Guinea subregion, contain the steroidal alkaloid homobatrachotoxin, apparently as a chemical defense. Toxin concentrations variedExpand
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Mid-Pleistocene divergence of Cuban and North American ivory-billed woodpeckers
We used ancient DNA analysis of seven museum specimens of the endangered North American ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) and three specimens of the species from Cuba to documentExpand
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Birds of New Guinea: Distribution, Taxonomy, and Systematics
Birds of New Guinea: Distribution, Taxonomy, and Systematics by Bruce M. Beehler and Thane K. Pratt. 2016. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, USA. 668 pp., 14 color plates. $75.00Expand
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Melyrid beetles (Choresine): a putative source for the batrachotoxin alkaloids found in poison-dart frogs and toxic passerine birds.
Batrachotoxins are neurotoxic steroidal alkaloids first isolated from a Colombian poison-dart frog and later found in certain passerine birds of New Guinea. Neither vertebrate group is thought toExpand
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Batrachotoxin alkaloids from passerine birds: a second toxic bird genus (Ifrita kowaldi) from New Guinea.
Batrachotoxins, including many congeners not previously described, were detected, and relative amounts were measured by using HPLC-mass spectrometry, in five species of New Guinean birds of the genusExpand
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Phylogeny of the owlet-nightjars (Aves: Aegothelidae) based on mitochondrial DNA sequence.
The avian family Aegothelidae (Owlet-nightjars) comprises nine extant species and one extinct species, all of which are currently classified in a single genus, Aegotheles. Owlet-nightjars areExpand
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Phylogeny of the avian genus Pitohui and the evolution of toxicity in birds.
Bird species in the avian genus Pitohui contain potent neurotoxic alkaloids that may be used for defense. The genus comprises multiple species that are endemic to New Guinea and were presumed toExpand
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Blood Parasites in Owls with Conservation Implications for the Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis)
The three subspecies of Spotted Owl (Northern, Strix occidentalis caurina; California, S. o. occidentalis; and Mexican, S. o. lucida) are all threatened by habitat loss and range expansion of theExpand
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