Breeding Biology of Vanellus chilensis (AVES: Charadriidae) in a Peri-urban Area of Southern Brazil.

Revista de Ciéncia Ambientais 13(3): (ISSN 1981-8858).


The neotropical species Vanellus chilensis, known as Southern Lapwing, is found in grassland environments, in rural and urban open areas. e species is considered a social Bird, which aggregates in pairs or small groups during the breeding period, in austral spring and summer. During the reproductive period, the cooperative breeding behavior is common among individuals of the species, when a non-breeding individual, called "helper", assists the breeding pair in parental care activities. We monitored a total of 11 social breeding unities of V. chilensis between august 2014 and january 2015 in the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos campus, in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul. We conducted nest observations, by evaluating the breeding success of individuals regarding eggs and chick's loss, with and without helpers' presence, as well as behavioral aspects. We recorded the laying of 65 eggs, of which 10.7% achieved breeding success, regarding the number of viable chicks. In this study, helpers' presence in the nests did not influence the breeding success of individuals, thus, dismissing the hypothesis that helpers' assistance improves breeding success of the species. Our findings contribute to the knowledge on the breeding biology of V. chilensis in peri-urban areas.


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Donnerstag, 24 März 2022 15:13

JOSEPH, L., MERWIN, J. & SMITH, B.T. (2020)

Improved systematics of lorikeets reflects their evolutionary history and frames conservation priorities.

Emu - Austral Ornithology 120 (3): 201–215. doi:10.1080/01584197.2020.1779596. S2CID 222094508.


A well-supported genus-level classification of any group of organisms underpins downstream understanding of its evolutionary biology and enhances the role of phylogenetic diversity in guiding its conservation and management. The lorikeets (Psittaciformes: Loriini) are parrots for which genus-level systematics (phylogenetic relationships and classification) has long been unstable and unsatisfactory. Instability has manifested through frequently changing compositions of some genera (e.g. Trichoglossus and Psitteuteles). Other genera (e.g. Charmosyna, Vini) have become so large that their phenotypic heterogeneity alone at least questions whether they are monophyletic assemblages that genera should comprise. Recent molecular phylogenetic and phenotypic studies have improved the framework with which to rationalise genus-level systematics in lorikeets but some trenchant uncertainty has remained. Here we utilise published genomic data and tetrahedral analysis of plumage colour to develop a full review of the genus-level classification of lorikeets. Using existing phylogenetic relationships and a newly estimated time-calibrated tree for lorikeets, we show where paraphyletic assemblages have misled the classification of genera. We assign six species to three new genera and six other species to four previously described generic names that have been in synonymy in recent literature. Our taxonomic revision brings a new perspective informing and guiding the conservation and management of the lorikeets and their evolutionary biology.


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Structure of an African Red-Billed Hornbill (Tockus Erythrorhynchus Rufirostris and T. E. Damarensis) Hybrid Zone as Revealed by Morphology, Behavior, and Breeding Biology.

The Auk 121 (2): 565–586.


The distributions of southern African (Tockus erythrorhynchus rufirostris) and Damaraland (T. e. damarensis) Red-billed Hornbills overlap in northern Namibia. Allopatric populations of the taxa have diagnosable differences in habitat, morphology, vocalizations, and displays. We investigated the structure of the hybrid zone using data from morphology, behavior, and breeding biology. The morphological characteristics—eye color and facial plumage color—were summarized as hybrid index scores, which showed a significant positive regression against distance from southwest to northeast across the hybrid zone. Vocalizations also showed a positive relationship between the first principal component (extracted from 12 call variables) and distance across the hybrid zone. However, there appears to be introgression of a T. e. damarensis call into T. e. rufirostris, but not vice versa. In addition, female T. e. damarensis-male T. e. rufirostris breeding pairs occur more frequently than male T. e. damarensis-female T. e. rufirostris pairs. The asymmetrical call introgression may result either from asymmetry in mating or from genetic control of call inheritance. Finally, heterospecific pairs show lower fitness, in the form of reduced hatching success, even when female fitness attributes are included as covariates. Although we are uncertain whether the Red-billed Hornbill hybrid zone is stable, the apparent biological processes operating within it conform to predictions of both the “mosaic” and the “tension zone” models, because both habitat characteristics and a balance of dispersal and selection appear to determine its structure


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A revised nomenclature and classification for family-group taxa of parrots (Psittaciformes).

Zootaxa 3205: 26-40. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3205.1.2


The last 20 years have seen a resurgence in systematic studies of parrots (Aves: Psittaciformes). Principally but not solely molecular in nature, this body of work has addressed the circumscription of higher level groupings within the Psittaciformes and relationships among them. Stability has now emerged on many formerly contentious matters at these levels. Accordingly, we consider it appropriate to underpin further work on parrot biology with a freshly revised classification at the taxonomic ranks spanned by family-group nomenclature, i.e., between superfamily and tribe. In light of the body of recent work, we advocate a framework of three superfamilies among parrots (Strigopoidea, Cacatuoidea and Psittacoidea) within which Linnaean taxonomy can accommodate present phylogenetic understanding by employing groupings at the ranks of family, subfamily and tribe. Just as importantly, we have addressed numerous issues of nomenclature towards stabilising the family-group names of parrots. We erect two new subfamily names, Coracopseinae Joseph, Toon, Schirtzinger, Wright & Schodde, subfam. nov. and Psittacellinae Joseph, Toon, Schirtzinger, Wright & Schodde, subfam. nov. We stress that rankings we have applied reflect the state of understanding of parrot phylogeny and how it can be summarized in a Linnaean system; comparisons with rankings in other groups are likely not appropriate nor relevant.

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Vorgeschlagene Taxonomie nach JOSEPH et al. (2012)


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Guia de Aves del Chaco Seco paraguayo.

92 Seiten, Annildung und Verbreitungskarte zu jeder Art. Guyra Paraguay, Asunción. ISBN: 978-99967-653-4-6.


Esta Guía de campo contiene información sobre 125 especies de las aves más representativas del Chaco seco paraguayo. Esta compuesto por fichas por especies que incluyen fotografías, probabilidad de hallazgo, datos de su estado de conservación nacional e internacional, tipo de hábitat, ocurrencia, alimentación, distribución y comportamiento social. Fue elaborado por el equipo técnico de Guyra Paraguay, gracias a los fondos del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) a través del Programa PROCIENCIA con recursos del Fondo para la Excelencia de la Educación e Investigación – FEEI. Esta Guía se desarrolla entonces como producto del proyecto “Evaluación de la importancia de los Parques Nacionales del Chaco seco como refugio natural para las aves amenazadas y endémicas del Paraguay (14-INV-209)”, buscando fomentar el conocimiento, el estudio y conservación de las aves del Paraguay.

La Guía de Aves del Chaco seco paraguayo complementa 20 años de publicaciones de Guyra Paraguay, continuando con el objetivo de generar materiales científicos de consulta para dar a conocer y concientizar sobre la rica avifauna de nuestro país.


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Behavioral evidence for song learning in the suboscine bellbirds (Procnias spp., Cotingidae)

The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125 (1):1–14.


Why vocal learning has evolved in songbirds, parrots, and hummingbirds but not in other avian groups remains an unanswered question. The difficulty in providing an answer stems not only from the challenge of reconstructing the conditions that favored vocal learning among ancestors of these groups but also from our incomplete knowledge of extant birds. Here we provide multiple lines of evidence for a previously undocumented, evolutionarily independent origin of vocal learning among the suboscine passerines. Working with bellbirds (Procnias spp.), we show that (1) a captive-reared Bare-throated Bellbird (P. nudicollis) deprived of conspecific song not only developed abnormal conspecific songs but also learned the calls of a Chopi Blackbird (Gnorimopsar chopi) near which it was housed; (2) songs of Three-wattled Bellbirds (P. tricarunculata) occur in three geographically distinct dialects (from north to south: Nicaragua, Monteverde, and Talamanca); (3) Three-wattled Bellbirds at Monteverde, Costa Rica, are often bilingual, having learned the complete song repertoire of both the Monteverde and Talamanca dialects; (4) immature bellbirds have an extended period of song development, lasting the 6 years in which they are in subadult plumage; and (5) adult male Three-wattled Bellbirds continually relearn their songs, visiting each others’ song perches and adjusting their songs to track population-wide changes. Perhaps female preferences and strong sexual selection have favored vocal learning among bellbirds, and additional surveys for vocal learning among other lekking cotingas and other suboscines may reveal patterns that help determine the conditions that promote the evolution of vocal learning.


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Samstag, 11 September 2021 09:19

BÖHME, K. (2021)

Der Graureiher in Geschichte und Gegenwart.

Fauna Focus Nr. 70: 1-12. Herausgeber Wildtier Schweiz, CH-8006 Zürich.
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Es wird ein Überblick über die Bedeutung und Einschätzung des Graureihers vom Mittelalter bis in die jüngste Zeit gegeben, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Bestandsentwicklung und Gesetzgebung in der Schweiz.


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Mittwoch, 04 August 2021 07:51

BERTAU, P. (2019)

So nannte man unsere Vögel früher: eine Zusammenstellung von Trivial- und Kunstnamen heimischer Vogelarten.

V und 582 Seiten. Springer Verlag. Auch als eBook erhältlich. ISBN 978-3-662-59775-0.


Im vorliegenden Werk sind etwa 550 Vogelarten (Nichtsingvogel- und Singvogelarten) in alphabetischer Reihenfolge aufgeführt. Für sie konnten knapp 26.000 vogelspezifische Trivialnamen zusammengetragen werden. Diese Namen sind den Arten direkt zugeordnet worden. So konnten für den Pirol fast 250 Trivialnamen gefunden werden. Trivialnamen sind volkstümliche Namen oder solche, die aus einem besonderen Anliegen konstruiert worden sind, also künstliche Namen.

Für die Zuordnungen in diesem Buch ist es gelungen, einen großen Teil der alten und sehr alten Trivialnamen zu ermitteln. Die betreffende Literatur beginnt mit einer Quelle aus dem Jahr 1544: William Turner, Turner on Birds. Die auf Turner folgenden alten Trivialnamen sind in deutschsprachigen und lateinischen Werken sogenannter „Alter Autoren“ zu finden. Zu ihnen gehören Conrad Gessner, Kaspar Schwenckfeld, Johann Leonhard Frisch, Jakob Theodor Klein oder Johann Adam Freiherr von Pernau. Die als „Alte Autoren“ bezeichneten Naturforscher lebten im 16.–18. Jahrhundert.


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Zustand der Vogelwelt in der Schweiz 2020.

online: URL: Print: 36 Seiten, ISSN 2297-5632. Schweizerische Vogelwarte, Sempach.

In der Publikation «Zustand der Vogelwelt in der Schweiz» fasst die Vogelwarte jährlich die neuesten Erkenntnisse aus ihren Überwachungsprojekten zusammen, an denen über 2000 freiwillige Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern in allen Landesregionen beteiligt sind. Im Bericht 2021 liegen die Schwerpunkte auf dem Einfluss der Corona-Pandemie auf die Ergebung von Vogeldaten, Bestandsentwicklungen einzelner Brutvogelarten, z.B. der Schafstelze. Auch wird die Entwicklung von eher seltenen Durchzüglern wie dem Sichler und von Wintergästen wie den nordischen Schwänen dargestellt.


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Distribution of breeding birds in the Gediz Delta, Western Turkey.

Zoology in the Middle East 47(1):39-48. DOI:10.1080/09397140.2009.10638345.


Atlas mapping of breeding birds in Gediz Delta Ramsar Site on the western coast of Turkey was performed in 2002. The study area of 305 km2 was divided into 305 1x1 km square UTM grids. Breeding evidence was obtained for 92 species in 291 UTM squares; 47 were classified as confirmed breeding, 22 as probable breeding, and 23 as possible breeding. Among the breeding species, three were European species of global conservation concern (Falco naumanni, Pelecanus crispus, Emberiza cineracea), 12 were species with a concentrated population and with unfavourable conservation status in Europe, and 34 were species with their population not concentrated in Europe but with unfavourable conservation status in the region. Among those with a threatened status, 7 species were vulnerable, 4 were rare, 2 were localised, 18 were declining, and 18 were depleted species. During the study, various threats were identified in 173 UTM squares out of 291 (59.5%). Among these, the most frequently observed were pollution observed in 30% of the squares, overgrazing in 22% and illegal hunting in 22%.


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