Fitz postdoctoral fellow, Dr Chima Nwaogu's new paper titled 'Local timing of rainfall predicts the timing of moult within a single locality and the progress of moult among localities that vary in the onset of the wet season in a year-round breeding tropical songbird' has been published in the Journal of Ornithology.
There is a wealth of animal behaviour knowledge in Africa which needs to be shared. Unfortunately, funding obstacles and limited access to information make this challenging. To this end, a group of early career researchers and students from around Africa, including within the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology have initiated the Animal Behaviour Community Africa.
The Hot Birds Project team have recently published two papers - both on the theme of sociality in the heat, one from Margaux Rat's PhD research on Sociable Weavers, and the other from Amanda Bourne's PhD research on the Southern Pied Babblers.
Kim Stevens, Vonica Perold and Roelf Daling have arrived on Gough Island to relieve Alexis Osborne, Chris Jones and Michelle Risi after their epic 2-year stint on the island.
The British Ecological Society’s (BES) Marsh Award for Climate Change Research has been awarded to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Wendy Foden, a world-leading researcher in climate change vulnerability assessments of threatened species
Two papers have recently been published on research done on Southern Pied Babblers by the Hot Birds Project team.
Rob Little published a collation and follow-up of research this week in the journal African Journal of Wildlife Research which shows that the reluctance of golf course managers to adopt effective solutions to control the nuisance impact of Egyptian Geese is not a failure of science but rather a failure of the process of effectively mitigating a wildlife management conflict. This can thus be regarded as a case where interactions between humans and wildlife lead to conflict between different stakeholders over appropriate management interventions with a lack of consensus resulting in effective relevant research outcomes being ignored.
Nectar-feeding birds and the plants that they feed from benefit each other and they are expected to be highly dependent on each other. Anthropogenic effects on one of these parties will thus likely affect the other party, or even whole communities. A study (http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1440-1703.12148) investigated the relationship between nectar-feeding birds in the Cape Floristic Region (CFR) and one of their most wide-spread and common food sources: bird-pollinated Proteaceae species. At least 71 species from the genera Protea, Leucospermum and Mimetes depend, to varying degrees, on the Cape Sugarbird and three other sunbird species.
New research demonstrates for the first time that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to train computers to recognise individual birds, a task humans are unable to do. The research is published in the British Ecological Society journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
PhD student Nick Pattinson is looking for a field volunteer to assist him with data collection for his research on the Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill in the Kuruman River Reserve near Van Zylsrus, Northern Cape.
A new study led by researchers at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, investigates the use of vulture supplementary feeding sites (SFS), also known as vulture restaurants, as a conservation tool in South Africa. Two papers from this study have been published this year.
A new study led by researchers at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology that investigated whether Kalahari tree skinks are able to eavesdrop and cue on sociable weavers to avoid predation, was recently published in the journal Behavioral Ecology.