Facial bristle feather histology and morphology in New Zealand birds: Implications for function

@article{Cunningham2011FacialBF,
  title={Facial bristle feather histology and morphology in New Zealand birds: Implications for function},
  author={Susan J. Cunningham and Maurice R. Alley and Isabel Castro},
  journal={Journal of Morphology},
  year={2011},
  volume={272}
}
Knowledge of structure in biology may help inform hypotheses about function. Little is known about the histological structure or the function of avian facial bristle feathers. Here we provide information on morphology and histology, with inferences for function, of bristles in five predominantly insectivorous birds from New Zealand. We chose species with differing ecologies, including: brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli), morepork (Ninox novaezealandae), hihi (Notiomystis cincta), New Zealand robin… Expand
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