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Juggling a "junk-food' diet
The 'Global Change and Urban Birds' research programme is investigating whether Red-winged Starlings are “junk-food dependent” by comparing the daily diet composition, activity budget and body mass gain of starlings on UCT's Upper Campus.
A predation risk experiment
The Black Sparrowhawk team has published a paper in the Royal Society journal 'Open Science' showing that birds are at a higher predation risk in dark light conditions.
African Birdlife
We have a regular feature in African Birdlife - The FitzPatrick Report. 'Tag team: using satellite tags to understand wildlife crime' (Vol 7 (6) September/October 2019)
Invasion by Black Sparrowhawks
Rob Little and Rene Navarro recently published a paper on the implications of geographical range changes and resultant sympatry for three Accipiter hawks on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa.
Resolving spurfowl taxonomy
A Fitz team recently published a paper in the African journal of ornithology Ostrich titled ‘Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of African spurfowls: Galliformes, Phasianidae, Phasianinae, Coturnicini: Pternistis spp.’

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The Institute would like to thank Jill Adams and particularly Norman Arlott for permission to use their illustrations.