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  • Caffrey, JM; Gallagher, C; Dick, JTA; Lucy, F (FAO Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, 2015)
    In November 2014, the European Union (Member Organization) (EU) published a new Regulation to address invasive alien species (IAS) and protect biodiversity. This Regulation entered into force across the EU in January 2015. ...
  • Arderne, P (FOSAF, 2015)
    Welcome to the 2015 and 19th holding of the Yellowfish Working Group (YWG) workshop here at the Champagne Sports Resort Centre in KwaZulu-Natal in the Drakensberg. Much has changed since FOSAF first hosted the first YWG ...
  • Simmons, RE; Brown, CJ; Kemper, J (University of Cape Town, 2015-07)
    Namibia’s first Red Data book on birds has taken more than a decade to reach fruition. Why? The short answer to a long story is that a book of this nature, with no single, dedicated author, is more than simply an annotated ...
  • Ryan, PG (University of Cape Town, 2015-03)
    The Avian Phylogenomics Consortium was established four years ago to conduct the first genomic study across a vertebrate class. Its goal was to obtain complete gene sequences for representatives of all bird orders. When ...
  • Ryan, PG (University of Cape Town, 2015-01)
    Bird migration has long fascinated people. Ever since the ‘migrate or hibernate’ debate was settled, people have wondered how migratory birds navigate between their breeding and wintering grounds, which are often thousands ...
  • Ryan, PG (University of Cape Town, 2015-01)
    ‘You might think that as an ornithologist I get plenty of time to photograph birds, but I spend most of my time behind a desk,’ says Peter Ryan, Director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the ...
  • PFIAO (University of Cape Town, 2015)
    The Sentinel Rock Thrush Monticola explorator is one of two rock thrush species endemic to South Africa and Lesotho. Its range is centred in the highland grasslands of the eastern escarpment, but it occurs at low densities ...
  • Ryan, PG (University of Cape Town, 2015-09)
    Until recently all you needed to start birding was a pair of binoculars, a field guide and a notebook. The more serious birder would want to invest in a spotting scope with a decent tripod, and perhaps some recording/playback ...
  • Ryan, PG (University of Cape Town, 2015-03)
    It is widely accepted that there is a looming extinction crisis linked to human modification of the environment. And given our unwillingness to address threats such as climate change, which threaten our own future, it is ...
  • PFIAO (University of Cape Town, 2015-01)
    Many animals benefit by associating with other species. This behaviour is well developed in bird parties, where individuals from different species respond to one another’s alarm calls to gain warning of approaching predators. ...
  • PFIAO (University of Cape Town, 2015-09)
    The untimely death of Phil Hockey, coupled with retirements and resignations, has seen five new staff join the Fitz over the past year or so: three academic staff and two in support positions. This FitzPatrick Report ...
  • PFIAO (University of Cape Town, 2015-07)
    Many seabirds that breed at remote, mammal-free islands struggle to cope when predators such as rats or cats are introduced. However, it is only during the past decade or so that we’ve come to realise that house mice – one ...
  • PFIAO (2015-06)
    Lovebirds, Agapornis spp., are a uniquely African group of birds. These small, colourful parrots occur in a range of habitats across the continent, from semi-arid thornveld to mopane woodlands and tropical forests. Several ...
  • Noakes, M; McKechnie, A (University of Cape Town, 2015-09)
    Models predicting the impacts of climate change often involve the tacit assumption that birds will not be able to adapt to higher temperatures. They predict, therefore, that birds’ ranges will shift towards cooler areas ...
  • McKechnie, AE (University of Cape Town, 2015-03)
    Vultures feed mainly on carrion, the state of which may be reasonably fresh but more frequently is well beyond putrid. Rotting meat, unsurprisingly, contains a veritable witch’s brew of bacteria, other micro-organisms and ...
  • McKechnie, AE (University of Cape Town, 2015-05)
    Science is only beginning to understand some of the mutually beneficial ways in which birds interact with bacteria and other denizens of the microscopic world. A novel symbiotic relationship between bacteria and the Eurasian ...
  • McKechnie, AE (University of Cape Town, 2015-01)
    Decline of migratory birds wintering in Africa. The migration of millions of birds across the face of the planet is one of nature’s greatest annual events. Every spring some species move in one direction, while every ...
  • McKechnie, AE (2015-07)
    Evocative images of polar bears balanced precariously on rapidly melting chunks of ice floating in a vast ocean have become emblematic of climate change. This is perhaps appropriate, as warming is happening significantly ...
  • Fitz, P (University of Cape Town, 2015-05-28)
    Following the sad and untimely passing of Phil Hockey in January 2013, BIrdLife South Africa suggested that a special issue of Ostrich be published in memory of Phil as a leading and influential African ornithologist. Rob ...

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