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J Exp Biol (2019) 222 (5): jeb194431.
Published: 8 March 2019
... transcripts in revealing the molecular basis of divergence in feather pigment synthesis during early-stage speciation in crows. Using a padlock probe assay combined with rolling circle amplification, we quantified cell-type-specific gene expression in the histological context of growing feather follicles...
Includes: Supplementary data
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J Exp Biol (2016) 219 (14): 2173–2181.
Published: 15 July 2016
... feathers of almost all birds. Using mechanistic criteria emerging from recent work on sonations, we sought to: (1) identify characteristics of rock pigeon flight feathers that might be adapted for sound production rather than flight, and (2) provide evidence that this morphology is necessary for in vivo...
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J Exp Biol (2012) 215 (3): 405–415.
Published: 1 February 2012
...Thomas Bachmann; Jens Emmerlich; Werner Baumgartner; Jochen M. Schneider; Hermann Wagner SUMMARY Flight feathers of birds interact with the flow field during flight. They bend and twist under aerodynamic loads. Two parameters are mainly responsible for flexibility in feathers: the elastic modulus...
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J Exp Biol (2011) 214 (5): 717–725.
Published: 1 March 2011
... understanding of flight ontogeny, we used a propeller (revolving wing) model to test how wing shape and feather structure influence aerodynamic performance during development in the precocial chukar partridge ( Alectoris chukar , 4 to >100 days post hatching). We spun wings in mid-downstroke posture...
Includes: Supplementary data
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J Exp Biol (2010) 213 (9): 1602–1608.
Published: 1 May 2010
...A. van Casteren; J. R. Codd; J. D. Gardiner; H. McGhie; A. R. Ennos SUMMARY Male common snipe ( Capella gallinago gallinago ) produce a ‘drumming’ sound with their outer tail feathers during their mating dives, but little is known about how this is achieved. We investigated the movements and sound...
Includes: Multimedia, Supplementary data
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J Exp Biol (2006) 209 (7): 1245–1250.
Published: 1 April 2006
...Matthew D. Shawkey; Geoffrey E. Hill SUMMARY Non-iridescent structural plumage color is typically produced by coherent scattering of light within a matrix of keratin and air (a `spongy layer') in feather barbs. It remains unclear what role, if any, the basal melanin layer underlying this spongy...
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J Exp Biol (2006) 209 (2): 380–390.
Published: 15 January 2006
...Stéphanie M. Doucet; Matthew D. Shawkey; Geoffrey E. Hill; Robert Montgomerie SUMMARY Iridescence is produced by coherent scattering of light waves from alternating layers of materials of different refractive indices. In birds,iridescent colours are produced by feather barbules when light...
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J Exp Biol (2004) 207 (26): 4551–4557.
Published: 15 December 2004
... 2004 thermoregulation swimming mallard Anas platyrhynchos down waterfowl metabolism feather Ducklings go to the water and swim while downy. This behavior is interesting because the available data indicate that down is much less resistant to wetting than contour feathers( Nye, 1964...
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J Exp Biol (2004) 207 (2): 285–293.
Published: 15 January 2004
...Michael Butler; Amy S. Johnson SUMMARY Melanin has been associated with increased resistance to abrasion,decreased wear and lowered barb breakage in feathers. But, this association was inferred without considering barb position along the rachis as a potentially confounding variable. We examined...
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J Exp Biol (2002) 205 (14): 2017–2027.
Published: 15 July 2002
...D. Osorio; A. D. Ham SUMMARY Bird plumage is coloured both by pigments and by spectrally selective interference in the light reflected from feather barbs. These barbs are composites of high- and low-refractive-index materials, and light is reflected at refractive index boundaries. The spatial...