New articles in African Birdlife and The Conversation Africa: parasitism, mimicry and speciation in Africa’s parasitic finches

Feb 25, 2021

Front page image of the article for African Birdlife.

Dr Gabriel Jamie has written an article on parasitism, mimicry and speciation in the parasitic finches of Africa for the magazine African Birdlife. You can read the full article open access via the FitzPatrick Institute for African Ornithology website. You can also read a popular account of the research in an article written for The Conversation Africa


Jess Lund awarded an R. C. Lewontin Grant from the Society for the Study of Evolution

The Society for the Study of Evolution has awarded Jess Lund an R. C. Lewontin Graduate Research Excellence Grant, which will enable her to expand her investigations into the fascinating lives of honeyguides. This grant is awarded to students early in their PhD programmes to assist them in enhancing the scope of their research. Thank you to the SSE for their generous support of our work!

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New paper on eggshell surface properties

Stephanie McClelland’s paper entitled “Eggshell composition and surface properties of avian brood-parasitic species compared with non-parasitic species” has been published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. This study measured structural properties of the eggshells of brood parasites and their hosts around the world. The study found that…

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