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UCT rated third in World University Rankings for Ornithology!
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 - 15:15

UCT rated joint third in World University Rankings for Ornithology!

The 'Hot Birds' team are pretty busy in the Kalahari ...
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 - 12:30

The 'Hot Birds' team are pretty busy in the Kalahari...

New African gamebird book by Rob Little
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 - 12:45

New African gamebird book by Rob Little

Davide Gaglio wins BMC Ecology 2016 image competition
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 - 13:00

PhD student Davide Gaglio has been named as overall winner of the BMC Ecology Image competition 2016

Research assistant opportunity
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 - 13:00

We invite applications for a full-time, three-month research assistant opportunity on our Hot Birds Project.

Reciprocal communication in human-honeyguide mutualism
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 - 08:45

By following honeyguides, people in Africa are able to locate bees’ nests to harvest honey.  Research now reveals that humans use special calls to solicit the help of honeyguides and that honeyguides actively recruit appropriate human partners. This relationship is a rare example of cooperation between humans and free-living animals.

Press release: Martial Eagle filmed for TV series found dead
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 - 12:00

A female Martial Eagle from the Kruger National Park, who starred in Fierce, a British wildlife television series, has been found dead in a snare set by subsistence hunters in Mozambique. The bird was fitted with an electronic tag under the watchful eye of the British film crew, who were documenting scientists' efforts to stem the decline of these rare predatory birds.

June 2016 Graduation
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 - 11:45

The June 2016 graduation ceremony saw 3 PhD, 1 MSc by dissertation and 11 Conservation Biology MSc by coursework and dissertation students from the FitzPatrick Institute receiving their degrees.

Eagles and agriculture: not a zero-sum game
Tue, 23 Feb 2016 - 11:30

Conservationists worry about the impact of agricultural development on Africa's biodiversity. But a recent study shows it isn't necessarily all doom and gloom. Some species, like eagles, can coexist successfully with agricultural development.

MSc CB 2001/2 student, Emily Stephen Kisamo murdered in Tanzania
Mon, 18 Jan 2016 - 12:30

It is with great shock that we have earned of the murder of Emily Stephen Kisamo, one of the 2001/02 cohort of CB students, in Arusha last month. Kisamo was a senior official with Tanapa, Tanzanian National Parks, and was leading the fight against poaching in his country. Our thoughts go out to his family and colleagues.

Post-doctoral research opportunity: Sociable Weaver nests as a resource to animal communities and the life history of the obligate associate African Pygmy Falcon
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 - 13:15

Applications are open for a post-doctoral research opportunity working with Dr Robert Thomson on the interactions in animal communities associated with the Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius) nests, with particular focus on the African Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus)

Study opportunity: Can sociality buffer the impacts of climate change?
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 - 10:30

We invite applications for a full-time research PhD scholarship to test the relationship between sociality and climate change vulnerability using a highly social bird (the Southern Pied Babbler, Turdoides bicolor) as a model species.