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And blogging about! Obligatory readings of the day: The Evolution of Poisonous Birds: This research elegantly demonstrates that the evolution of just one character — in this case, toxicity — can profoundly affect the evolution of a suite of other characters, ranging from body size and behavioral traits to ecological niche. Allen’s Rule, Phenotypic Plasticity,…

According to this article: Fascinating birds migration at EuroBirdwatch 2008: Over the past weekend, 50.000 adults and children from over 30 European countries took up EuroBirdwatch 2008, BirdLife’s invitation to observe the fascinating migration, as birds move south across Europe for the winter. BirdLife Partners across Europe were involved – from Portugal to Turkey; Malta…

iNaturalist rocks!

Thanks Bill for drawing my attention to iNaturalist which has the makings of an awesome site! What is it? It is essentially a Google Map where people can add pins every time they see an interesting critter: a plant, fungus, animal, etc. What is recorded is geographical coordinates and time when it was posted. Moreover,…

Quail And I

I got some old, old pictures of me, in the animal room at NCSU, holding one male and one female Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica):

If so, go help Michael identify this bird he took a picture of earlier today. If you can, post a comment here.

There is an exciting new study in Science that reshuffles the avian phylogeny pretty thoroughly – Grrrrl and Greg have excellent summaries. As a part of the monthly topic being birds in June, there is an ongoing Journal Club on PLoS ONE. And if that is not enough birds for you today, the new edition…

Avian Journal Club in PLoS ONE!

As part of the monthly focus on birds, there is a new Journal Club in PLoS ONE this week. Dr.Elizabeth Adkins Regan from Cornell and her postdoc Dr Joanna Rutkowska from Jagiellonian University have already posted their first comments on the paper by Keith Sockman (here at UNC): Ovulation Order Mediates a Trade-Off between Pre-Hatching…

Chick Development Series

Miriam points to this set of pictures of the development of the chicken embryo. As I have written before, I did have to learn how to precisely stage the chick embryos, both the older stages and the early stages, in order to manipulate them at exactly the right time. Cool pics.

Birds In PLoS ONE!

If you are an astute watcher of the PLoS ONE homepage (or the PLoS Blog, or my blog for that matter), you may have noticed that PLoS ONE now has something like a ‘theme of the month’, i.e., a single, broad topic that we highlight in several different ways on the homepage, blog, in e-mails,…

Hot Peppers – Why Are They Hot?

(First posted on July 21, 2006) Some plants do not want to get eaten. They may grow in places difficult to approach, they may look unappetizing, or they may evolve vile smells. Some have a fuzzy, hairy or sticky surface, others evolve thorns. Animals need to eat those plants to survive and plants need not…