birds

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Summary: Warm-blooded VERTEBRATES possessing FEATHERS and belonging to the class Aves.

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  1. Dhananjayan V. Accumulation pattern of persistent organochlorine pesticides in liver tissues of various species of birds from India. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2013;20:3149-56 pubmed publisher
    ..in Indian avifauna, the presence of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in liver tissues of 16 species of birds collected from Ahmedabad, India during 2005-2007 was quantified...
  2. Horton R, Wu G, Speed K, Kidd S, Davies R, Coldham N, et al. Wild birds carry similar Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium strains to those found in domestic animals and livestock. Res Vet Sci. 2013;95:45-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Salmonella infections in domesticated animals may be associated with Salmonella infections originating from garden birds. Phage type and antimicrobial resistance details of isolates of S...
  3. Navarro J, Votier S, Aguzzi J, Chiesa J, Forero M, Phillips R. Ecological segregation in space, time and trophic niche of sympatric planktivorous petrels. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e62897 pubmed publisher
    ..We therefore provide important insight into the mechanisms allowing these very large populations of ecologically-similar predators to coexist...
  4. Hamer S, Goldberg T, Kitron U, Brawn J, Anderson T, Loss S, et al. Wild birds and urban ecology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2005-2010. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012;18:1589-95 pubmed publisher
    ..6% of 6,180 wild birds captured in mist nets harbored ticks...
  5. Xiong X, Coombs P, Martin S, Liu J, Xiao H, McCauley J, et al. Receptor binding by a ferret-transmissible H5 avian influenza virus. Nature. 2013;497:392-6 pubmed publisher
    ..Both features probably contribute to the acquisition of transmissibility by this mutant virus...
  6. Resa Infante P, Gabriel G. The nuclear import machinery is a determinant of influenza virus host adaptation. Bioessays. 2013;35:23-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Recent evidence suggests that influenza viruses have evolved different mechanisms to utilize importin-? isoforms as components of this machinery, bridging pre- and post-nuclear import on both sides of the nuclear envelope...
  7. Godefroit P, Cau A, Dong Yu H, Escuillié F, Wenhao W, Dyke G. A Jurassic avialan dinosaur from China resolves the early phylogenetic history of birds. Nature. 2013;498:359-62 pubmed publisher
  8. DuRant S, Hopkins W, Hepp G, Walters J. Ecological, evolutionary, and conservation implications of incubation temperature-dependent phenotypes in birds. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 2013;88:499-509 pubmed publisher
    Incubation is a vital component of reproduction and parental care in birds. Maintaining temperatures within a narrow range is necessary for embryonic development and hatching of young, and exposure to both high and low temperatures can ..
  9. Zhu X, Srivastava D, Smith J, Martin K. Habitat selection and reproductive success of Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) at its northern limit. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e44346 pubmed publisher
    ..higher nest survival was associated with both early and late initiated clutches, early-initiated clutches allowed birds to gain the highest annual productivity as early clutches were larger...

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  1. Virkkala R, Heikkinen R, Fronzek S, Leikola N. Climate change, northern birds of conservation concern and matching the hotspots of habitat suitability with the reserve network. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e63376 pubmed publisher
    ..in the 5% hotspots, indicating that the efficiency of the protected area network will be insufficient for forest birds in the future...
  2. Dececchi T, Larsson H. Body and limb size dissociation at the origin of birds: uncoupling allometric constraints across a macroevolutionary transition. Evolution. 2013;67:2741-52 pubmed publisher
    The origin of birds and powered flight is a classic major evolutionary transition...
  3. Snoeck C, Adeyanju A, Owoade A, Couacy Hymann E, Alkali B, Ottosson U, et al. Genetic diversity of newcastle disease virus in wild birds and pigeons in West Africa. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013;79:7867-74 pubmed publisher
    ..The increasing number of reports of virulent strains in wild birds at least in other parts of the world raised the question of a potential role of wild birds in the spread of ..
  4. Gao H, Lu H, Cao B, Du B, Shang H, Gan J, et al. Clinical findings in 111 cases of influenza A (H7N9) virus infection. N Engl J Med. 2013;368:2277-85 pubmed publisher
    ..During the spring of 2013, a novel avian-origin influenza A (H7N9) virus emerged and spread among humans in China. Data were lacking on the clinical characteristics of the infections caused by this virus...
  5. Gomes B, Kioulos E, Papa A, Almeida A, Vontas J, Pinto J. Distribution and hybridization of Culex pipiens forms in Greece during the West Nile virus outbreak of 2010. Infect Genet Evol. 2013;16:218-25 pubmed publisher
    ..These observations highlight the importance of maintaining active surveillance systems in selected regions geographically located within the range of major migratory bird flyways...
  6. Farmahin R, Manning G, Crump D, Wu D, Mundy L, Jones S, et al. Amino acid sequence of the ligand-binding domain of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor 1 predicts sensitivity of wild birds to effects of dioxin-like compounds. Toxicol Sci. 2013;131:139-52 pubmed publisher
    ..93, p < 0.0001) with in ovo toxicity data for those species. These results indicate promise for the use of AHR1 LBD amino acid sequences independently, or combined with the LRG assay, to predict avian species sensitivity to DLCs...
  7. Møller A, Bonisoli Alquati A, Mousseau T. High frequency of albinism and tumours in free-living birds around Chernobyl. Mutat Res. 2013;757:52-9 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we analyzed the frequency of albinistic feathers and tumours in a sample of 1669 birds captured during 2010-2012 at eight sites around Chernobyl that varied in level of background radiation from 0...
  8. Snoeck C, Marinelli M, Charpentier E, Sausy A, Conzemius T, Losch S, et al. Characterization of newcastle disease viruses in wild and domestic birds in Luxembourg from 2006 to 2008. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013;79:639-45 pubmed publisher
    Newcastle disease virus (NDV) is one of the most important viral diseases of birds. Wild birds constitute a natural reservoir of low-virulence viruses, while poultry are the main reservoir of virulent strains...
  9. Synek P, Munclinger P, Albrecht T, Votypka J. Avian haemosporidians in haematophagous insects in the Czech Republic. Parasitol Res. 2013;112:839-45 pubmed publisher
    ..The co-occurrence of Haemoproteus ROFI1 and TURDUS2 lineages in both insects and birds at the same study plot suggests a transmission of these lineages during breeding season of birds.
  10. Sato Y, Lansford R. Transgenesis and imaging in birds, and available transgenic reporter lines. Dev Growth Differ. 2013;55:406-21 pubmed publisher
    ..In this manuscript, we give an overview on the biological and technological background of the transgenic quail model and describe procedures for the ex ovo culture of quail embryos and time-lapse imaging analysis...
  11. Gamino V, Höfle U. Pathology and tissue tropism of natural West Nile virus infection in birds: a review. Vet Res. 2013;44:39 pubmed publisher
    ..is a globally distributed arthropod-borne flavivirus capable of infecting a wide variety of vertebrates, with birds as its natural reservoir...
  12. Zhang W, Shi Y, Lu X, Shu Y, Qi J, Gao G. An airborne transmissible avian influenza H5 hemagglutinin seen at the atomic level. Science. 2013;340:1463-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Furthermore, the mutant HA possessed low affinities for both avian and human receptors. Our findings provide a structural and biophysical basis for the H5N1 adaptation to acquire human, but maintain avian, receptor-binding properties. ..
  13. Pradier S, Lecollinet S, Leblond A. West Nile virus epidemiology and factors triggering change in its distribution in Europe. Rev Sci Tech. 2012;31:829-44 pubmed
    ..The WNV natural cycle involves birds as the main amplifying hosts and several species of mosquito as vectors...
  14. Chan J, To K, Tse H, Jin D, Yuen K. Interspecies transmission and emergence of novel viruses: lessons from bats and birds. Trends Microbiol. 2013;21:544-55 pubmed publisher
    As exemplified by coronaviruses and influenza viruses, bats and birds are natural reservoirs for providing viral genes during evolution of new virus species and viruses for interspecies transmission...
  15. Yokoyama K, Pollock D. SP transcription factor paralogs and DNA-binding sites coevolve and adaptively converge in mammals and birds. Genome Biol Evol. 2012;4:1102-17 pubmed publisher
    ..We show that SP1 motif preferences were convergently altered in birds as well as mammals, inducing coevolutionary changes in over 800 regulatory regions...
  16. Rogers H, Hille Ris Lambers J, Miller R, Tewksbury J. 'Natural experiment' demonstrates top-down control of spiders by birds on a landscape level. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e43446 pubmed publisher
    ..b>Birds are dominant apex predators in terrestrial systems around the world, yet all studies on their role as predators ..
  17. Baudisch A. Birds do it, bees do it, we do it: contributions of theoretical modelling to understanding the shape of ageing across the tree of life. Gerontology. 2012;58:481-9 pubmed publisher
    ..With these insights, theoretical models contribute to hypotheses about which species may follow life history strategies of negligible or negative ageing...
  18. Cong W, Huang S, Zhang X, Zhou D, Xu M, Zhao Q, et al. Chlamydia psittaci exposure in pet birds. J Med Microbiol. 2014;63:578-81 pubmed publisher
    ..To assess the risk of psittacosis posed by pet birds, the seroprevalence of Chlamydia psittaci antibodies in 360 Eurasian siskins (Carduelis spinus), 289 oriental ..
  19. Helm B, Gwinner E, Koolhaas A, Battley P, Schwabl I, Dekinga A, et al. Avian migration: temporal multitasking and a case study of melatonin cycles in waders. Prog Brain Res. 2012;199:457-79 pubmed publisher
    ..Extreme examples for the resultant "multitasking" are migratory birds, which precisely time movements to remote areas...
  20. Xiong X, Martin S, Haire L, Wharton S, Daniels R, Bennett M, et al. Receptor binding by an H7N9 influenza virus from humans. Nature. 2013;499:496-9 pubmed publisher
  21. Foden W, Butchart S, Stuart S, Vié J, Akcakaya H, Angulo A, et al. Identifying the world's most climate change vulnerable species: a systematic trait-based assessment of all birds, amphibians and corals. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e65427 pubmed publisher
    ..In the largest such assessment to date, we applied this approach to each of the world's birds, amphibians and corals (16,857 species)...
  22. Herring G, Eagles Smith C, Ackerman J, Gawlik D, Beerens J. Landscape factors and hydrology influence mercury concentrations in wading birds breeding in the Florida Everglades, USA. Sci Total Environ. 2013;458-460:637-46 pubmed publisher
    ..preceding two weeks) hydrological conditions, and those of the prior year, influence Hg concentrations in wading birds. Further, these results suggest that Hg exposure in wading birds is driven by complex relationships between wading ..
  23. Levin I, Zwiers P, Deem S, Geest E, Higashiguchi J, Iezhova T, et al. Multiple lineages of Avian malaria parasites (Plasmodium) in the Galapagos Islands and evidence for arrival via migratory birds. Conserv Biol. 2013;27:1366-77 pubmed publisher
    ..We summarized results of an archipelago-wide screen of 3726 endemic birds representing 22 species for Plasmodium spp. through a combination of molecular and microscopy techniques...
  24. Veldman K, van Tulden P, Kant A, Testerink J, Mevius D. Characteristics of cefotaxime-resistant Escherichia coli from wild birds in the Netherlands. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013;79:7556-61 pubmed publisher
    Cloacal swabs from carcasses of Dutch wild birds obtained in 2010 and 2011 were selectively cultured on media with cefotaxime to screen for the presence of extended-spectrum ?-lactamase (ESBL)/AmpC-producing Escherichia coli...
  25. Lee M, Cau A, Naish D, Dyke G. Dinosaur evolution. Sustained miniaturization and anatomical innovation in the dinosaurian ancestors of birds. Science. 2014;345:562-6 pubmed publisher
    ..the dramatic evolutionary transformation of massive, ground-dwelling theropod dinosaurs into light, volant birds. Here, we apply Bayesian approaches (originally developed for inferring geographic spread and rates of molecular ..
  26. Corfield J, Wild J, Parsons S, Kubke M. Morphometric analysis of telencephalic structure in a variety of neognath and paleognath bird species reveals regional differences associated with specific behavioral traits. Brain Behav Evol. 2012;80:181-95 pubmed publisher
    b>Birds exhibit a huge array of behavior, ecology and physiology, and occupy nearly every environment on earth, ranging from the desert outback of Australia to the tropical rain forests of Panama...
  27. Stoeckle M, Kerr K. Frequency matrix approach demonstrates high sequence quality in avian BARCODEs and highlights cryptic pseudogenes. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e43992 pubmed publisher
    ..This approach has potential application for genetic database quality control, discovery of cryptic pseudogenes, and studies of low-level genetic variation. ..
  28. Gilbert M, Jambal L, Karesh W, Fine A, Shiilegdamba E, Dulam P, et al. Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus among wild birds in Mongolia. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e44097 pubmed publisher
    ..cultured) from 7,855 environmental fecal samples (primarily from ducks), or from 2,765 live, clinically healthy birds captured during active surveillance (primarily shelducks, geese and swans), while four HPAIVs were isolated from ..
  29. Couch R, Decker W, Utama B, Atmar R, Niño D, Feng J, et al. Evaluations for in vitro correlates of immunogenicity of inactivated influenza a H5, H7 and H9 vaccines in humans. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e50830 pubmed publisher
    ..Low HA titer was associated with low immunogenicity and presence of particles or split virus pieces was associated with higher immunogenicity. ..
  30. Duan Q, Quan R. [Natural fruit colour selection by frugivorous birds in Xishuangbanna]. Dongwuxue Yanjiu. 2012;33:427-32 pubmed
    ..Our study suggested that differences in color preferences among frugivores may potentially reflect the diversity of fruit color and frequency in Xishuangbanna...
  31. Bonthoux S, Barnagaud J, Goulard M, Balent G. Contrasting spatial and temporal responses of bird communities to landscape changes. Oecologia. 2013;172:563-74 pubmed publisher
    ..species distributions and three community-level metrics: species richness and two community indices reflecting birds' specialisation regarding local vegetation structure (local CSI) and landscape composition (landscape CSI)...
  32. Cutting A, Chue J, Smith C. Just how conserved is vertebrate sex determination?. Dev Dyn. 2013;242:380-7 pubmed publisher
    ..The recent finding that sex determination in birds is likely to be partly cell autonomous has again called for a broader definition of sex determination...
  33. Birn Jeffery A, Miller C, Naish D, Rayfield E, Hone D. Pedal claw curvature in birds, lizards and mesozoic dinosaurs--complicated categories and compensating for mass-specific and phylogenetic control. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e50555 pubmed publisher
    ..behaviour in extant tetrapods and has frequently been used as an indicator of lifestyle and ecology in Mesozoic birds and other fossil reptiles, sometimes without acknowledgement of the caveat that data from other aspects of ..
  34. Herrick K, Huettmann F, Lindgren M. A global model of avian influenza prediction in wild birds: the importance of northern regions. Vet Res. 2013;44:42 pubmed publisher
    Avian influenza virus (AIV) is enzootic to wild birds, which are its natural reservoir. The virus exhibits a large degree of genetic diversity and most of the isolated strains are of low pathogenicity to poultry...
  35. Chowdhury V, Ubuka T, Tsutsui K. Review: Melatonin stimulates the synthesis and release of gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone in birds. Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2013;181:175-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Melatonin administration to Px plus Ex birds caused a dose-dependent increase in the synthesis of GnIH precursor mRNA and production of mature peptide...
  36. Uchida Y, Suzuki Y, Shirakura M, Kawaguchi A, Nobusawa E, Tanikawa T, et al. Genetics and infectivity of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses isolated from chickens and wild birds in Japan during 2010-11. Virus Res. 2012;170:109-17 pubmed publisher
    Outbreaks of H5N1 subtype highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) were recorded in chickens, domesticated birds and wild birds throughout Japan from November 2010 to March 2011...
  37. Rabosky D, Matute D. Macroevolutionary speciation rates are decoupled from the evolution of intrinsic reproductive isolation in Drosophila and birds. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110:15354-9 pubmed publisher
    ..We combined phylogenetic estimates of speciation rates from Drosophila and birds with a method for analyzing interspecific hybridization data to test whether the rate at which individual lineages ..
  38. Chan R, Karamanska R, Van Poucke S, Van Reeth K, Chan I, Chan M, et al. Infection of swine ex vivo tissues with avian viruses including H7N9 and correlation with glycomic analysis. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2013;7:1269-82 pubmed publisher
    Swine have been regarded as intermediate hosts in the spread of influenza from birds to humans but studies of the sialylated glycans that comprise their respiratory tract have not been extensively studied in the past...
  39. Nabholz B, Uwimana N, Lartillot N. Reconstructing the phylogenetic history of long-term effective population size and life-history traits using patterns of amino acid replacement in mitochondrial genomes of mammals and birds. Genome Biol Evol. 2013;5:1273-90 pubmed publisher
    ..so as to estimate the correlation patterns between dN/dS, Kr/Kc, and three LHT, in mitochondrial genomes of birds and mammals...
  40. Slavec B, Krapez U, Racnik A, Hari A, Wernig J, Dovc A, et al. Surveillance of influenza A viruses in wild birds in Slovenia from 2006 to 2010. Avian Dis. 2012;56:999-1005 pubmed
    ..program for the early detection of H5 and H7 subtypes of avian influenza (AI) viruses, samples from 2547 wild birds of different species that were collected between 2006 and 2010 were examined by PCR-based methods...
  41. Li J, Yu X, Pu X, Xie L, Sun Y, Xiao H, et al. Environmental connections of novel avian-origin H7N9 influenza virus infection and virus adaptation to the human. Sci China Life Sci. 2013;56:485-92 pubmed publisher
    ..The significance of these substitutions needs further exploration, with both laboratory experiments and extensive field surveillance...
  42. Matthaei M, Budt M, Wolff T. Highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza A virus strains provoke heterogeneous IFN-?/? responses that distinctively affect viral propagation in human cells. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e56659 pubmed publisher
    ..Since no single amino acid polymorphism could be associated with a respective high- or low induction phenotype we propose that the necessary adaptations to overcome the human IFN-?/? barrier involve mutations in multiple H5N1 genes...
  43. Griekspoor P, Colles F, McCarthy N, Hansbro P, Ashhurst Smith C, Olsen B, et al. Marked host specificity and lack of phylogeographic population structure of Campylobacter jejuni in wild birds. Mol Ecol. 2013;22:1463-72 pubmed publisher
    ..transmission vehicles to humans, but the bacterium is common in other domestic and wild animals, particularly birds, which are a potential infection source. Population genetic studies of C...
  44. Fernández M, García R, Fiorelli L, Scolaro A, Salvador R, Cotaro C, et al. A large accumulation of avian eggs from the late cretaceous of patagonia (Argentina) reveals a novel nesting strategy in mesozoic birds. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e61030 pubmed publisher
    We report the first evidence for a nesting colony of mesozoic birds on Gondwana: a fossil accumulation in Late Cretaceous rocks mapped and collected from within the campus of the National University of Comahue, Neuquén City, Patagonia (..
  45. Shrestha M, Dyer A, Boyd Gerny S, Wong B, Burd M. Shades of red: bird-pollinated flowers target the specific colour discrimination abilities of avian vision. New Phytol. 2013;198:301-10 pubmed publisher
    ..b>Birds are hypothesized to exert different selective pressures on floral colour compared with hymenopterans because of ..
  46. Boseret G, Losson B, Mainil J, Thiry E, Saegerman C. Zoonoses in pet birds: review and perspectives. Vet Res. 2013;44:36 pubmed publisher
    Pet birds are a not-so-well known veterinarian's clientship fraction...
  47. Carrillo B, Choi J, Bornholdt Z, Sankaran B, Rice A, Prasad B. The influenza A virus protein NS1 displays structural polymorphism. J Virol. 2014;88:4113-22 pubmed publisher
  48. McKinney A, CaraDonna P, Inouye D, Barr B, Bertelsen C, Waser N. Asynchronous changes in phenology of migrating Broad-tailed Hummingbirds and their early-season nectar resources. Ecology. 2012;93:1987-93 pubmed
    ..A novel hypothesis based on these results posits that the poleward limit for some species may contract toward lower latitudes under continued warming...
  49. Odeen A, Hastad O. The phylogenetic distribution of ultraviolet sensitivity in birds. BMC Evol Biol. 2013;13:36 pubmed publisher
    Colour vision in birds can be categorized into two classes, the ultraviolet (UVS) and violet sensitive (VS). Their phylogenetic distributions have traditionally been regarded as highly conserved...
  50. Mabry K, Shelley E, Davis K, Blumstein D, Van Vuren D. Social mating system and sex-biased dispersal in mammals and birds: a phylogenetic analysis. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e57980 pubmed publisher
    The hypothesis that patterns of sex-biased dispersal are related to social mating system in mammals and birds has gained widespread acceptance over the past 30 years...
  51. Kujala H, Vepsäläinen V, Zuckerberg B, Brommer J. Range margin shifts of birds revisited - the role of spatiotemporally varying survey effort. Glob Chang Biol. 2013;19:420-30 pubmed publisher
    ..of shifts in range margin, we reanalyzed all three published studies exploring range margin changes of breeding birds in Great Britain (GB), Finland, and New York State (NY)...
  52. Mishra N, Kalaiyarasu S, Nagarajan S, Rao M, George A, Sridevi R, et al. Serological evidence of West Nile virus infection in wild migratory and resident water birds in Eastern and Northern India. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis. 2012;35:591-8 pubmed publisher
    To assess West Nile virus (WNV) infection in wild resident and migratory birds, we tested 3887 samples from 1784 birds belonging to 119 identified species within 30 families collected during 2008-10 from 13 states in India...
  53. Lewis N, Javakhishvili Z, Russell C, Machablishvili A, Lexmond P, Verhagen J, et al. Avian influenza virus surveillance in wild birds in Georgia: 2009-2011. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e58534 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, the Caucasus region might act as a migratory bridge for influenza virus transmission when birds aggregate in high concentrations in the post-breeding, migrating and overwintering periods...