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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...

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...

2011-02-27 06:31:03

Russia successfully launched a satellite on Saturday that is vital to the deployment of its own navigation system after the failure of an earlier attempt prompted the Kremlin to fire two top space officials. The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said the high-tech Glonass-K satellite reached its intended orbit about four hours after blasting off on top a Soyuz-2 rocket from Russia's northern Plesetsk launch pad. "We have established and are maintaining steady telemetry communications...

2010-12-06 05:45:00

Officials said that three Russian navigation satellites crashed into the Pacific Ocean off of Hawaii on Sunday after the rocket that was carrying them failed to reach orbit. A Russian space agency official told RIA-Novosti news agency said the capsule carrying the three Glonass satellites plummeted into the ocean 900 miles off Honolulu. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said he expects the strategic significance of developing the Glonass system to rival the United State's Global Position...

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...

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...

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...

2008-07-14 09:00:53

MOSCOW _ The European Commission has decided to start buying satellites and ground-based equipment for its Galileo satellite navigation project. By 2010, the system should comprise 30 satellites and a ramified ground infrastructure. Europe's independence from the U.S. Global Positioning System will cost it 3.4 billion euros by 2013. But the European Commission thinks it is worth it. Galileo, an initiative launched by the European Union and the European Space Agency, will provide...

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...

Latest Parus Reference Libraries

2006-08-14 11:05:35

The Azure Tit (Parus cyanus) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout Russia and central Asia. It is found in temperate and subarctic deciduous or mixed woodlands, scrub and marshes. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate. This 5 inch long bird is unmistakable. The head, tail corners, wing bars and underparts are white. There is a dark line through the eye, and the upper parts are blue. This is the eastern counterpart...

2006-08-14 10:50:44

The Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and western Asia in deciduous or mixed woodlands. It is a resident bird and most birds do not migrate. The azure blue crown and dark blue line passing through the eye and encircling the white cheeks to the chin, give the Blue Tit a very distinctive appearance. The forehead, eye streak, and a bar on the wing are also white....

2006-08-14 10:47:11

The White-winged Tit (Parus nuchalis) also known as the White-naped Tit, is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. The species is distributed in scrub forest in the Kutch region of Gujarat in western India and also in small areas in southern India, especially in the Kaveri river valley. It uses old woodpeckers nest holes for nesting. The populations of the White-winged Tit rapidly declined in the recent past and continue to decline due to loss of tropical habitat. It therefore...

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...

2006-08-09 15:35:11

The Coal Tit, Parus ater, is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout Europe and northern Asia. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate. The Coal Tit is 4 to 4.5 inches in length, and has a distinctive large white nape spot on its black head. The head, throat and neck of the adult are glossy blue-black, setting off the white on the nape and sides of the face. The white tips of the coverts show as a double wing bar. The...

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