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Understanding The Evolving Diversity Of Microbial Life In Bird Guts
2013-05-31 12:26:54

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna Gut bacteria are known to have a central role both in human and in animal health. Animals acquire different bacteria as they age but how the microbial communities in the bodies of wild animals change over time is not well understood. Wouter van Dongen and colleagues at the Vetmeduni Vienna have examined the gastrointestinal bacteria of chick and adult black-legged kittiwakes. Surprisingly, the microbial assemblages of chicks and adults generally...

2011-07-07 00:14:46

Study suggests kittiwakes use body odor to assess genetically compatible mates Male and female kittiwakes smell different from each other, according to research by Sarah Leclaire from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique at the Universit© Paul Sabatier in France and her team. Their work also suggests that the birds' body odors might signal the genetic makeup of individual birds, and could be used in mate choice to assess the genetic compatibility of potential partners. The...

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2011-01-05 09:10:20

One of Britain's best known seabirds winters on opposite sides of the Atlantic depending on whether its breeding attempt has been successful according to new research published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The findings highlight previously unsuspected links between summer breeding performance and wintering distributions of kittiwakes. The research team was led by Dr Maria Bogdanova from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) in conjunction with colleagues...

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2010-03-24 15:10:00

Birds uniquely adapted to cool, dry summers IQALUIT -- Warmer, wetter weather in the Canadian Arctic could create problems for nesting seabirds, say a team of Canadian scientists who, between them, have spent over 7,000 days observing birds in the North. Arctic birds are uniquely adapted to survive in the cold, dry summers that mark the high Arctic. However, warmer temperatures are bringing more storm events, including incidents of heavy fog, rain, freezing rain, wet snow and stronger winds....

2009-06-29 18:00:00

An Austrian-led study has found the black-legged kittiwake bird, a monogamous species, has the ability to choose partners with a different genetic profile. The researchers, led by Richard Wagner from the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, said avoidance of inbreeding is evident among humans, and has been demonstrated in some shorebirds, mice and sand lizards. Now the black-legged kittiwake has been added to that list. The scientists said they tracked 10...

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2009-06-11 14:15:00

A new report shows that Scotland's seabird numbers plunged by 19 percent between 2000 and 2008, according to BBC News. The major cause was almost certainly a shortage of food due to a drop in the number of small fish, such as sandeels, according to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). SNH said rising sea temperatures were probably affecting the fish populations as well. RSPB Scotland called the figures "deeply worrying," as declines have been greater in areas such as the Northern Isles and down...

2008-08-14 00:00:23

The recent wet summers have been blamed for a decline in seabirds nesting and breeding in Westcountry waters. For the last two years, kittiwakes at colonies including the Isles of Scilly and Hallsands, in South Devon, have not produced any young. There have been reports of adult birds failing to complete their nests or lay eggs. Dr Russell Wynn, of the National Oceanography Centre, who has been working with other marine scientists and the RSPB, said seabirds had been deterred from the...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT LIKE the canary in the coalmine, our seabirds' welfare indicates the health of our marine environment and it has already sounded the alarm, according to RSPB Scotland. Yesterday it urged the Scottish Government to put the environment at the heart of its consultation on Scotland's first marine bill, published on Monday. According to the charity, early reports of seabird breeding performance on its coastal reserves indicate continuing problems for the...

2008-06-19 06:00:15

By Emily Pykett SCOTLAND'S seabirds could be in the grip of another dire year, according to the latest counts of nesting birds across the UK. A report from the government advisory panel, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), highlights that in 2006 the red- throated diver, Arctic skua, black-legged kittiwake, Arctic tern, black guillemot and Atlantic puffin have all encountered problems with breeding since the last annual counts took place in 2005. A smaller study of fulmars...


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2005-06-02 10:10:22

The Kittiwakes, from the genus Rissa, are two closely related seabird species in the gull family Laridae. The more common and widespread species, Rissa tridactyla, is known in North America as Black-legged Kittiwake. However, in Europe, where it is the only member of the genus, it is often known just as Kittiwake. Adults are on average 40 cm in length and have a wingspan of 90"“100 cm. They have a white head and body, grey back, grey wings tipped solid black, and have black legs and a...

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