passeriformes

Summary

Summary: A widely distributed order of perching BIRDS, including more than half of all bird species.

Top Publications

  1. Fuchs J, Irestedt M, Fjeldsa J, Couloux A, Pasquet E, Bowie R. Molecular phylogeny of African bush-shrikes and allies: tracing the biogeographic history of an explosive radiation of corvoid birds. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2012;64:93-105 pubmed publisher
    ..7 mya, shedding new light on the origins of the Afrotropical avifauna...
  2. Glaizot O, Fumagalli L, Iritano K, Lalubin F, Van Rooyen J, Christe P. High prevalence and lineage diversity of avian malaria in wild populations of great tits (Parus major) and mosquitoes (Culex pipiens). PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e34964 pubmed publisher
    ..The results provide evidence for the first time that C. pipiens can act as a natural vector of avian malaria in Europe and yield baseline data for future research on the epidemiology of avian malaria in European countries...
  3. Coyle B, Hart N, Carleton K, Borgia G. Limited variation in visual sensitivity among bowerbird species suggests that there is no link between spectral tuning and variation in display colouration. J Exp Biol. 2012;215:1090-105 pubmed publisher
    ..Overall, we detected little interspecific variation in bowerbird spectral sensitivity and no association between sensitivity and display diversity, which is consistent with the general trend among avian taxa...
  4. Budki P, Rani S, Kumar V. Persistence of circannual rhythms under constant periodic and aperiodic light conditions: sex differences and relationship with the external environment. J Exp Biol. 2012;215:3774-85 pubmed publisher
    ..Both sexes seem to have independent timing strategies, but females appear to share a greater role in defining the reproductive season in relation with the environment...
  5. Tobias J, Cornwallis C, Derryberry E, Claramunt S, Brumfield R, Seddon N. Species coexistence and the dynamics of phenotypic evolution in adaptive radiation. Nature. 2014;506:359-63 pubmed publisher
  6. Borgmann K, Conway C, Morrison M. Breeding phenology of birds: mechanisms underlying seasonal declines in the risk of nest predation. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e65909 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results suggest that seasonal changes in foliage density and factors associated with changes in food availability for nest predators are important drivers of temporal patterns in risk of avian nest predation. ..
  7. Parchman T, Gompert Z, Braun M, Brumfield R, McDonald D, Uy J, et al. The genomic consequences of adaptive divergence and reproductive isolation between species of manakins. Mol Ecol. 2013;22:3304-17 pubmed publisher
    ..However, the concordance between isolation and differentiation was only partial, indicating a complex architecture and history of loci involved in isolation. ..
  8. Fregin S, Haase M, Olsson U, Alström P. New insights into family relationships within the avian superfamily Sylvioidea (Passeriformes) based on seven molecular markers. BMC Evol Biol. 2012;12:157 pubmed publisher
    ..3 kbp, for 79 ingroup species representing all currently recognised families and some species with uncertain affinities, making this the most comprehensive analysis of this taxon...
  9. Moreno Rueda G, Redondo T, Trenzado C, Sanz A, Zúñiga J. Oxidative stress mediates physiological costs of begging in magpie (Pica pica) nestlings. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e40367 pubmed publisher
    ..Consequently, we predict that soliciting offspring incur a cost in terms of oxidative stress, and growth rate and immune response (processes that generate pro-oxidants substances) are reduced in order to maintain oxidative balance...

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  1. Aidala Z, Huynen L, Brennan P, Musser J, Fidler A, Chong N, et al. Ultraviolet visual sensitivity in three avian lineages: paleognaths, parrots, and passerines. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2012;198:495-510 pubmed publisher
    ..The results should stimulate future research into the functional parallels between the roles of visual signals and the genetic basis of visual sensitivity in birds and other taxa...
  2. Parker K, Anderson M, Jenkins P, Brunton D. The effects of translocation-induced isolation and fragmentation on the cultural evolution of bird song. Ecol Lett. 2012;15:778-85 pubmed publisher
    ..This rapid divergence coupled with loss of song diversity has important implications for the behavioural evolution of this species, demonstrating previously unrecognised biological consequences of conservation management...
  3. De Coster G, de Neve L, Lens L. Intraclutch variation in avian eggshell pigmentation: the anaemia hypothesis. Oecologia. 2012;170:297-304 pubmed publisher
    ..However, the overall increase in pigment darkness along the laying sequence suggests that pigments also accumulate by enhanced red blood cell production caused by anaemia due to egg production itself...
  4. Fuxjager M, Schultz J, Barske J, Feng N, Fusani L, Mirzatoni A, et al. Spinal motor and sensory neurons are androgen targets in an acrobatic bird. Endocrinology. 2012;153:3780-91 pubmed publisher
    ..Together our findings suggest that androgens act widely on peripheral motor and sensory circuits in golden-collared manakins to influence wing snapping displays...
  5. Greenberg R, Cadena V, Danner R, Tattersall G, Tattersall G. Heat loss may explain bill size differences between birds occupying different habitats. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e40933 pubmed publisher
    ..Heat loss capacity and water conservation could play an important role in the selection for bill size differences between bird populations and should be considered along with trophic adaptations when studying variation in bill size. ..
  6. Cole E, Morand Ferron J, Hinks A, Quinn J. Cognitive ability influences reproductive life history variation in the wild. Curr Biol. 2012;22:1808-12 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results are consistent with the idea that variation in cognitive ability is shaped by contrasting effects on different life history traits directly linked to fitness [1, 3]...
  7. Wutzler R, Foerster K, Kempenaers B. MHC class I variation in a natural blue tit population (Cyanistes caeruleus). Genetica. 2012;140:349-64 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results indicate that the described method is suitable to effectively explore the MHC diversity and its ecological impacts in blue tits in future studies...
  8. Vikan J, Fossøy F, Huhta E, Moksnes A, Røskaft E, Stokke B. Outcomes of brood parasite-host interactions mediated by egg matching: common cuckoos Cuculus canorus versus Fringilla finches. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e19288 pubmed publisher
    ..Finally, marked cuckoo egg polymorphisms are unlikely to evolve in these systems unless the hosts evolve even more exquisite egg recognition capabilities than currently possessed. ..
  9. Morand Ferron J, Quinn J. Larger groups of passerines are more efficient problem solvers in the wild. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011;108:15898-903 pubmed publisher
    ..Together our results suggest that both ecological and social factors, through reduced predation risk and increased pool of competence, mediate innovation in natural populations...
  10. Odeen A, Pruett Jones S, Driskell A, Armenta J, Hastad O. Multiple shifts between violet and ultraviolet vision in a family of passerine birds with associated changes in plumage coloration. Proc Biol Sci. 2012;279:1269-76 pubmed publisher
    ..avian ultraviolet sensitivity is hence more complex, as a single shift no longer explains its distribution in Passeriformes. Character correlation analysis proposes that UVS vision is associated with shortwave-reflecting plumage, ..
  11. la Puente J, Merino S, Tomás G, Moreno J, Morales J, Lobato E, et al. The blood parasite Haemoproteus reduces survival in a wild bird: a medication experiment. Biol Lett. 2010;6:663-5 pubmed publisher
    ..To our knowledge, this is the first empirical evidence showing long-term direct survival costs of chronic Haemoproteus infections in wild birds...
  12. Li M, Merilä J. Genetic evidence for male-biased dispersal in the Siberian jay (Perisoreus infaustus) based on autosomal and Z-chromosomal markers. Mol Ecol. 2010;19:5281-95 pubmed publisher
    ..The results also highlight the utility of Z-chromosomal markers for gaining insights into the genetic diversity and structuring of populations...
  13. Svoboda A, Marthinsen G, Turcoková L, Lifjeld J, Johnsen A. Identification of blood parasites in old world warbler species from the Danube River Delta. Avian Dis. 2009;53:634-6 pubmed
    ..4% (8/52) of individuals. Seven known parasite lineages (five Haemoproteus and two Plasmodium) and two new lineages were recorded (one Leucocytozoon and one Plasmodium)...
  14. del Cerro S, Merino S, Martínez de la Puente J, Lobato E, Ruiz de Castañeda R, Rivero de Aguilar J, et al. Carotenoid-based plumage colouration is associated with blood parasite richness and stress protein levels in blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus). Oecologia. 2010;162:825-35 pubmed publisher
    ..Overall, these results support the role of carotenoid-based colours as indicators of health status in blue tits and show detrimental effects of parasitism on this character...
  15. Irestedt M, Fjeldsa J, Dalen L, Ericson P. Convergent evolution, habitat shifts and variable diversification rates in the ovenbird-woodcreeper family (Furnariidae). BMC Evol Biol. 2009;9:268 pubmed publisher
    ..In addition, the systematic positions of some enigmatic ovenbird taxa and the postulated monophyly of some species-rich genera are evaluated...
  16. Yuri T, Jernigan R, Brumfield R, Bhagabati N, Braun M. The effect of marker choice on estimated levels of introgression across an avian (Pipridae: Manacus) hybrid zone. Mol Ecol. 2009;18:4888-903 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results suggest that neutral and positively selected alleles may introgress freely across many hybrid zones without altering perceived boundaries between hybridizing forms...
  17. Johansson L, Hedenstrom A. The vortex wake of blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla L.) measured using high-speed digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV). J Exp Biol. 2009;212:3365-76 pubmed publisher
    ..Neither did we find support for the hypothesis that the tail should reduce the drag of the bird. The function of the tail during steady flight thus remains unclear and calls for further investigation in future studies...
  18. Dai C, Zhao N, Wang W, Lin C, Gao B, Yang X, et al. Profound climatic effects on two East Asian black-throated tits (Ave: Aegithalidae), revealed by ecological niche models and phylogeographic analysis. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e29329 pubmed publisher
    ..ENMs also suggest that Pleistocene climatic oscillations enabled the formation of the contact zone and thus support the refuge theory...
  19. Spurgin L, Illera J, Padilla D, Richardson D. Biogeographical patterns and co-occurrence of pathogenic infection across island populations of Berthelot's pipit (Anthus berthelotii). Oecologia. 2012;168:691-701 pubmed publisher
  20. Jenkins T, Owens I. Biogeography of avian blood parasites (Leucocytozoon spp.) in two resident hosts across Europe: phylogeographic structuring or the abundance-occupancy relationship?. Mol Ecol. 2011;20:3910-20 pubmed publisher
  21. Lawson B, Howard T, Kirkwood J, Macgregor S, Perkins M, Robinson R, et al. Epidemiology of salmonellosis in garden birds in England and Wales, 1993 to 2003. Ecohealth. 2010;7:294-306 pubmed publisher
    ..Further research is required to determine if salmonellosis is an important constraint to the populations of affected species and if disease outbreaks are driven by human factors, such as provisioning...
  22. Sychra O, Literak I, Podzemny P, Benedikt V. Insect ectoparasites from wild passerine birds in the Czech Republic. Parasite. 2008;15:599-604 pubmed
    Wild passerine birds (Passeriformes) from northeastern part of the Czech Republic were examined for ectoparasites...
  23. Lüpold S, Linz G, Rivers J, Westneat D, Birkhead T. Sperm competition selects beyond relative testes size in birds. Evolution. 2009;63:391-402 pubmed publisher
    ..These results support the prediction that sperm competition fosters adaptations in reproductive organs that extend beyond testes size, and raise questions about the trade-offs influencing reproductive investment...
  24. Barbet Massin M, Walther B, Thuiller W, Rahbek C, Jiguet F. Potential impacts of climate change on the winter distribution of Afro-Palaearctic migrant passerines. Biol Lett. 2009;5:248-51 pubmed publisher
    ..Predicted changes in regional species richness for these long-distance migrants are increases just south of the Sahara and on the Arabian Peninsula and major decreases in southern and eastern Africa...
  25. Kim K, Tsuda Y, Sasaki T, Kobayashi M, Hirota Y. Mosquito blood-meal analysis for avian malaria study in wild bird communities: laboratory verification and application to Culex sasai (Diptera: Culicidae) collected in Tokyo, Japan. Parasitol Res. 2009;105:1351-7 pubmed publisher
    ..This is the first field study on host-feeding habits of C. sasai in relation to the potential role as a vector for avian malaria parasites transmitted in the Japanese wild bird community...
  26. Salewski V, Hochachka W, Fiedler W. Global warming and Bergmann's rule: do central European passerines adjust their body size to rising temperatures?. Oecologia. 2010;162:247-60 pubmed publisher
    ..These results suggest that changes in body size may not merely be the result of phenotypic plasticity but may hint at genetically based microevolutionary adaptations...
  27. Galván I, Alonso Alvarez C. Yolk testosterone shapes the expression of a melanin-based signal in great tits: an antioxidant-mediated mechanism?. J Exp Biol. 2010;213:3127-30 pubmed publisher
    ..Furthermore, the same individuals showed a trend to higher levels of circulating antioxidants, which suggests an adaptive response against some testosterone-induced oxidative challenge...
  28. Harrison T, Smith J, Martin G, Chamberlain D, Bearhop S, Robb G, et al. Does food supplementation really enhance productivity of breeding birds?. Oecologia. 2010;164:311-20 pubmed publisher
    ..We discuss the striking parallels between our findings and patterns in blue and great tit reproduction in urban habitats, and conclude that supplementary feeding may not always enhance the breeding productivity of birds...
  29. Husby A, Nussey D, Visser M, Wilson A, Sheldon B, Kruuk L. Contrasting patterns of phenotypic plasticity in reproductive traits in two great tit (Parus major) populations. Evolution. 2010;64:2221-37 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results suggest that generalizations about the form and cause of any response to changing environmental conditions across populations may be difficult...
  30. Song G, Qu Y, Yin Z, Li S, Liu N, Lei F. Phylogeography of the Alcippe morrisonia (Aves: Timaliidae): long population history beyond late Pleistocene glaciations. BMC Evol Biol. 2009;9:143 pubmed publisher
    ..morrisonia to explore its population structure and evolutionary history, in order to gain insight into the effect of geological events on the speciation and diversity of birds endemic in south China...
  31. van Bers N, van Oers K, Kerstens H, Dibbits B, Crooijmans R, Visser M, et al. Genome-wide SNP detection in the great tit Parus major using high throughput sequencing. Mol Ecol. 2010;19 Suppl 1:89-99 pubmed publisher
    ..The large number of great tit contigs that can be aligned to the zebra finch genome shows that this genome provides a valuable framework for large scale genetics, e.g. QTL mapping or whole genome association studies, in passerines...
  32. Baldwin M, Winkler H, Organ C, Helm B. Wing pointedness associated with migratory distance in common-garden and comparative studies of stonechats (Saxicola torquata). J Evol Biol. 2010;23:1050-63 pubmed publisher
    ..Migration in stonechats may lead to deviations from allometric size changes, suggesting that birds may adapt morphologically to selection pressures created by their own behaviour in response to changing environmental conditions...
  33. te Marvelde L, Webber S, Meijer H, Visser M. Energy expenditure during egg laying is equal for early and late breeding free-living female great tits. Oecologia. 2012;168:631-8 pubmed publisher
  34. Hamer G, Kitron U, Goldberg T, Brawn J, Loss S, Ruiz M, et al. Host selection by Culex pipiens mosquitoes and West Nile virus amplification. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2009;80:268-78 pubmed
    ..pipiens became infected from feeding on just a few species of birds, including American robins (35%), blue jays (17%, Cyanocitta cristata), and house finches (15%, Carpodacus mexicanus)...
  35. Honza M, Pozgayová M, Prochazka P, Cherry M. Blue-green eggshell coloration is not a sexually selected signal of female quality in an open-nesting polygynous passerine. Naturwissenschaften. 2011;98:493-9 pubmed publisher
    ..Rather, the large colour variation among clutches of individual females may depend on yearly fluctuations in environmental conditions...
  36. Ewen J, Thorogood R, Brekke P, Cassey P, Karadas F, Armstrong D. Maternally invested carotenoids compensate costly ectoparasitism in the hihi. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009;106:12798-802 pubmed publisher
    ..As O. bursa infestations reduce population viability in hihi, our findings also highlight the importance of key nutritional resources for endangered bird populations to better cope with common parasite infestations...
  37. Jacot A, Romero Diaz C, Tschirren B, Richner H, Fitze P. Dissecting carotenoid from structural components of carotenoid-based coloration: a field experiment with great tits (Parus major). Am Nat. 2010;176:55-62 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings demonstrate that environment-induced variation in background structure contributes significantly to intraspecific variation in yellow carotenoid-based plumage coloration...
  38. Palinauskas V, Valkiunas G, Bolshakov C, Bensch S. Plasmodium relictum (lineage SGS1) and Plasmodium ashfordi (lineage GRW2): the effects of the co-infection on experimentally infected passerine birds. Exp Parasitol. 2011;127:527-33 pubmed publisher
    ..Mortality was recorded among infected crossbills. We conclude that co-infections of P. relictum and P. ashfordi are highly virulent and act synergetically during primary infections in some but not all passerine birds...
  39. Fregin S, Haase M, Olsson U, Alström P. Multi-locus phylogeny of the family Acrocephalidae (Aves: Passeriformes)--the traditional taxonomy overthrown. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2009;52:866-78 pubmed publisher
    ..However, the results also revealed some new constellations, due to better resolution of deeper nodes and the inclusion of more taxa. The taxonomic implications are discussed...
  40. Van Hemert C, Handel C, Blake J, Swor R, O Hara T. Microanatomy of passerine hard-cornified tissues: beak and claw structure of the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus). J Morphol. 2012;273:226-40 pubmed publisher
  41. Förschler M, Bairlein F. Morphological shifts of the external flight apparatus across the range of a passerine (Northern Wheatear) with diverging migratory behaviour. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e18732 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results are congruent with other inter- and intraspecific studies finding similar adaptations for energy-effective flight in relation to migration distance (morphological migratory syndrome)...
  42. Päckert M, Martens J, Sun Y. Phylogeny of long-tailed tits and allies inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear markers (Aves: Passeriformes, Aegithalidae). Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2010;55:952-67 pubmed publisher
    ..The two tit-warbler species of genus Leptopoecile are strongly differentiated from one another and represent an early split from the Aegithalidae tree...
  43. van Overveld T, Matthysen E. Personality predicts spatial responses to food manipulations in free-ranging great tits (Parus major). Biol Lett. 2010;6:187-90 pubmed publisher
    ..This study is the first to show that personality traits predict the spatial response to experimentally induced changes in their natural environment...
  44. Walstrom V, Klicka J, Spellman G. Speciation in the White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis): a multilocus perspective. Mol Ecol. 2012;21:907-20 pubmed publisher
    ..carolinensis have occurred in response to the Pleistocene glacial cycles...
  45. Korsten P, Mueller J, Hermannstädter C, Bouwman K, Dingemanse N, Drent P, et al. Association between DRD4 gene polymorphism and personality variation in great tits: a test across four wild populations. Mol Ecol. 2010;19:832-43 pubmed publisher
    ..Another important future challenge is the identification of additional loci influencing avian personality traits in the wild...
  46. Levey D, Londoño G, Ungvari Martin J, Hiersoux M, Jankowski J, Poulsen J, et al. Urban mockingbirds quickly learn to identify individual humans. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009;106:8959-62 pubmed publisher
  47. McKinney S, Fiedler C, Tomback D. Invasive pathogen threatens bird-pine mutualism: implications for sustaining a high-elevation ecosystem. Ecol Appl. 2009;19:597-607 pubmed
    ..Managers can use these threshold values to differentiate between restoration sites requiring planting of rust-resistant seedlings and sites where nutcracker seed dispersal can be expected...
  48. Milá B, Warren B, Heeb P, Thébaud C. The geographic scale of diversification on islands: genetic and morphological divergence at a very small spatial scale in the Mascarene grey white-eye (Aves: Zosterops borbonicus). BMC Evol Biol. 2010;10:158 pubmed publisher
  49. Lapointe D, Goff M, Atkinson C. Thermal constraints to the sporogonic development and altitudinal distribution of avian malaria Plasmodium relictum in Hawai'i. J Parasitol. 2010;96:318-24 pubmed publisher
    ..Our data support the hypothesis that avian malaria currently restricts the altitudinal distribution of Hawaiian honeycreeper populations and provide an ecological explanation for the absence of disease at high elevation...
  50. Martín Gálvez D, Pérez Contreras T, Soler M, Soler J. Benefits associated with escalated begging behaviour of black-billed magpie nestlings overcompensate the associated energetic costs. J Exp Biol. 2011;214:1463-72 pubmed publisher
    ..We discuss the responsibility of inclusive fitness costs and indirect genetic effects for the maintenance of honesty in parent-offspring communication...
  51. Griggio M, Serra L, Licheri D, Campomori C, Pilastro A. Moult speed affects structural feather ornaments in the blue tit. J Evol Biol. 2009;22:782-92 pubmed publisher
    ..The trade-off between fast moulting and structural colour expression may represent a previously unrecognized selective advantage for early-breeding birds...
  52. Delhey K, Burger C, Fiedler W, Peters A. Seasonal changes in colour: a comparison of structural, melanin- and carotenoid-based plumage colours. PLoS ONE. 2010;5:e11582 pubmed publisher
    ..After moult, plumage coloration has been deemed fixed due to the fact that feathers are dead structures. Still, many plumage colours change after moult, although whether this affects signalling has not been sufficiently assessed...
  53. Delhey K, Roberts M, Peters A. The carotenoid-continuum: carotenoid-based plumage ranges from conspicuous to cryptic and back again. BMC Ecol. 2010;10:13 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we challenge this notion using the yellow and green colouration of blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus), great tits (Parus major) and greenfinches (Carduelis chloris) as a model...