Special Issue "Feature Papers of Birds 2022–2023"
A special issue of Birds (ISSN 2673-6004).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2023 | Viewed by 42808
Interests: urban birds; migratory birds; ecology of birds; urban biodiversity; arctic biodiversity; boreal biodiversity; forest birds; mire birds; water birds; bird monitoring; conservation biology
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Special Issue in Birds: Feature Papers of Birds 2021
We are pleased to announce an upcoming Special Issue, entitled "Feature Papers of Birds 2022–2023", which will be one of the first of a new journal, Birds. Birds is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal, which provides an advanced forum for studies on all aspects of ornithology. The journal will complete the group of international journals in the field of ornithology, and we are expecting to gain popularity and prestige very quickly.
For this first Special Issue, we invite manuscripts from all ornithological fields considered to be of interest to our international readers. In this case, well-designed studies and good datasets are required to promote the quality of, and interest in, our new journal. We welcome both original research articles and comprehensive review papers. The papers in this Special Issue will be published via our open access platform after a thorough peer review, a process which will benefit both our authors and readers.
As evidenced by the keywords, the fields to be included in this Special Issue have been broadened to best represent the scope of the journal, whilst opening up more chances for international research contributions.
You are welcome to send short proposals for feature paper submissions to the Editorial Office (email@example.com) before submission.
We look forward to receiving your excellent work.
Dr. Jukka Jokimäki
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Birds is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
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- communities and populations
- land uses and birds
- climate change
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Variation in testes morphology and sperm performance across the reproductive cycle in the Zebra finch
Title: The human perception of the bird diversity that inhabits Neotropical cities
Authors: Planned Papers
Abstract: The perception of the urban landscape is multisensory and involves many actors, including the animals that inhabit cities, like the birds, a group of vital importance for ecological balance, seed dispersal and pollination. However, even though they are essential, do people perceive them? In this context, this article aims to identify the human perception of birds in an urban environment. This study was carried out in two Brazilian cities, Bauru (São Paulo State) and Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais State). We used data of bird’s surveys collected in 2015, 2018 and 2019, using the point count method. We formulated semi-structured questionnaires with open and closed questions to the population of Bauru and Belo Horizonte. We applied the questionnaire using Google Forms tool and sent them by e-mail, and through Facebook and WhatsApp groups to people from both cities. Until now, 90.4% of respondents from Bauru believe that birds have a fundamental role on seed dispersion, 78.8% that birds contribute to plant pollination, and 82.7% think that birds help in the ecological balance of the urban environment. The results also showed that most people recognize the most frequent species. However, the same does not happen with the perception of the songs: only a few respondents were able to recognize them. Studying birds and perceiving them as part of the urban landscape can contribute to the conservation of a group of animals that is particularly important for the ecological balance of urban ecosystems.
Title: Time-activity budgets by two waterbird species as inferences to disturbance magnitude across pans in and around Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
Authors: Dr. Tarakini
Affiliation: Ecology and Conservation
Abstract: Monitoring activity budgets of species offers management with opportunities to evaluate the influence of various natural and artificial pressures on their foraging ecology. We used two waterbird species (Red-billed Teal and Egyptian Goose) to investigate the allocation of their diurnal time at four different waterpans in Hwange National Park and surrounding areas, Zimbabwe. We conducted the focal sampling technique on the two species (between February to December 2015) and used general linear models to describe how 1) number of activities, 2) diurnal time-activity budgets, and 3) rate of change of activities as such variables are useful in making inferences of feeding and perceived predation risks across waterpans (Guvalala, Nyamandlovu, White hills and Nengasha) and time of the day. In total, 325 focal observations done. For the Egyptian Goose, most activities were recorded during the late afternoon, and the least in the early mornings while the Red-billed Teal had the least in the late afternoon. The Egyptian Goose spent longer time engaged in activities that allowed both feeding and vigilance when compared to Red-billed Teal, and similar trends were also recorded for non-feeding activities allowing vigilance. The Red-billed Teal had on average higher activity changes than the Egyptian Goose (P<0.05), but these differences were smaller during the late afternoons. The Egyptian Goose was never recorded at Nengasha. It seems that the Red-billed Teal (a filter feeder) was able to utilise a site with high human disturbance while the Egyptian Goose (a predominant grazer) was not. The study is important as it highlights how various pan typologies may allow some species to thrive while others do not in this system with numerous pans that are managed differently.
Title: Rice crop development as a key determinant of bird assemblage structure in SE Asia
Authors: Dr. Horgan, Dr. Ramal, Dr. Crisol