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Healthier Babies From Better Looking Birds
2013-03-25 08:27:02

BioMed Central A female great tits' (Parus major) appearance is shown to signal healthy attributes in offspring in a paper in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology. The black stripe across her breast and white patches on her cheeks correlate to a chick's weight at two weeks and immune strength respectively — though the former seems to signal a genetic benefit and the latter can affect an 'adopted' chick's health, suggesting nurture is involved. Taking two...

British Bird Populations Facing A New Virus Strain
2012-11-23 06:54:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online House sparrows, dunnocks, and wood pigeons, among other British bird species, have been known to carry avian pox. Vets and ornithologists are very concerned, however, about the emergence of a new strain of this viral disease in great tits. According to wildlife veterinarian Dr Becki Lawson from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), "Infection leads to warty, tumor-like growths on different parts of a bird's body, particularly on...

2012-02-22 21:31:29

Sparrows, blackbirds and the great tit are all birds known to sing at a higher pitch (frequency) in urban environments. It was previously believed that these birds sang at higher frequencies in order to escape the lower frequencies noises of the urban environment. Now, researchers at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Aberystwyth have discovered that besides noise, the physical structure of cities also plays a role in altering the birds´ songs. Urban birds sing...

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2011-03-31 08:00:00

After a dramatic decline in their numbers last spring, a survey by the Royal Society for the Protection of Bird's (RSPB) called "Big Garden Birdwatch" found small bird numbers bouncing back. The winter of 2009 and 2010 was one of the coldest in 30 years, and experts feared the worst for small birds. However, the RSPB's survey shows some of the species that were devastated by the long, harsh winter returning. More than half a million people participated in counting birds in their garden for an...

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2010-11-30 09:47:04

Any dog or cat owner will agree that animals have personalities but it may come as a surprise to many to learn that birds also do.  As an example, individual birds vary in their levels of curiosity, with distinctions being made between "fast" and "slow" explorers.  A considerable body of research has examined the differences between fast and slow birds but the levels of stress hormones (glucocorticoids) have not previously been investigated, although these hormones are known to be...

2010-02-10 09:40:02

Gene variation is the reason that some great tit populations are more curious than others In 2007, researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology found a gene related to individual variation in exploratory behavior in great tits. Birds with a certain variant of this so-called "dopamine receptor D4 gene" (DRD4 gene) showed stronger novelty seeking and exploration behavior than individuals with other variants. This association was originally tested and found in a lab-raised group of...

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2009-09-09 14:35:00

Researchers have found that a species of bird known as the great tit (Parus major) has been found feeding on hibernating pipistrelle bats in a Hungarian cave, BBC News reported. The team discovered that the birds were systematically hunting bats by sight and sound as they hibernated through the cold months over two winters. The scientists wrote in the journal Biology Letters that it was the first proof of bat hunting in songbirds. Great tits usually dine on smaller prey such as insects and...

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2009-06-04 08:40:00

Although the great tit bird is loud enough to be heard in noisy, city areas, for their country relations they might as well be speaking Greek. Scientists at Aberystwyth University discovered that the male great tit warbled at a pitch high enough to be heard above the city's noise. However, the rural birds were perplexed by the city bird's singing while city birds "didn't understand the lower rural pitch." The male great tit chirps to guard his region and find a mate. Research student Emily...

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2008-05-10 00:05:00

British researchers have discovered a bird species, called great tits, that has adapted to climate change by breeding earlier in the year. By doing this, the tits are able to keep apace with the earlier emergence of the caterpillars on which the birds feed.  Interestingly, while the researchers observed this behavior in the British birds, the same birds in the Netherlands did not adjust to the shift in climate. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) told BBC News that...

2005-09-07 16:17:11

Birds' eggs are unique in their diverse pigmentation. This diversity is greatest amongst perching birds (order Passeriformes: 60% of all bird species), which include many familiar species including tits and warblers. Despite intense interest, the purpose, in most species, of these patterns was unknown. Most passerines lay eggs speckled with reddish protoporphyrin spots forming a ring around the egg's blunt end, on an otherwise unpigmented shell. Evidence in a paper by Gosler, Higham &...


Latest Great Tit Reference Libraries

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2006-08-09 15:39:26

The Great Tit (Parus major) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe and Asia in any sort of woodland. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate. It is an easy tit to recognize, large in size at 5.5 inches, with a broad black line down its otherwise yellow front. The neck and head are black with white cheeks and ear coverts. Upper parts are olive. It has a white wing bar and outer tail feathers. In young birds the black is...

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