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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Featured Issue: Zoological Research Vol.35 No.1

Pycnonotus sinesis
Photo courtesy of Noel Reynolds
Zoological Research has recently been updated on Bioline. We will be posting about on vol.35 no.2 on the blog soon! Stay tuned!

This issue includes "Effects of temperature acclimation on body mass and energy budget in the Chinese bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis" by Wu et al. which is a study examining how the food intake of Pycnonotus sinensis, also known as the Chinese bulbul, is affected by seasonal changes in temperature. The birds were examined in two groups, a group in which the seasonal temperature was 30 degrees celsius and a group in which the seasonal temperature was 10 degrees celsisus. Body mass and temperature and length and mass of digestive tracts were among the factors measured. The results indicated that the length and mass of the birds were significantly smaller in the 30 degrees celsius group than the 10 degrees celsius group.

Another article included in this issue is "Geographic variation in parasitism rates of two sympatric cuckoo hosts in China" by Yang et al. which examines brood parasitism rates in two birds of the cuckoo variety,
Acrocephalus orientalis and Paradoxornis heudei, also known as the Oriental Reed Warbler and the Reed Parrotbill, respectively. Brood parasitism involves one species using another to raise their offspring. The results indicated that Cuculus canorus, also known as the common cuckoo, used both the Oriental Reed Warbler and Reed Parrotbill as hosts, but had a higher rate of using the Oriental Reed Warbler.

You can find these articles and other articles from this issue here.

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