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founded: genetic reconstruction of lineage diversity and kinship informs ex situ conservation of cuban amazon parrots (amazona leucocephala). 201528158554
founded: genetic reconstruction of lineage diversity and kinship informs ex situ conservation of cuban amazon parrots (amazona leucocephala).captive breeding is a widespread conservation strategy, yet such programs rarely include empirical genetic data for assessing management assumptions and meeting conservation goals. cuban amazon parrots (amazona leucocephala) are considered vulnerable, and multiple on-island captive populations have been established from wild-caught and confiscated individuals of unknown ancestry. here, we used mitochondrial haplotypic and nuclear genotypic data at 9 microsatellite loci to quantify the extent and ...201526245792
fatty acid profiles of crop contents of free-living psittacine nestlings and of commercial hand-feeding formulas.research on psittacine nutrition is limited, and nestling requirements are poorly understood. this study analysed fatty acid (fa) profiles of crop contents of free-living scarlet macaws (ara macao, n = 18), red-and-green macaws (ara chloropterus, n = 5), cuban parrots (amazona leucocephala bahamensis, n = 27), lilac-crowned amazons (amazona finschi, n = 33) and thick-billed parrots (rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha, n = 32). the same analysis was carried out on 15 commercial parrot hand-feeding formul ...202032974980
genomes of three closely related caribbean amazons provide insight for species history and conservation.islands have been used as model systems for studies of speciation and extinction since darwin published his observations about finches found on the galapagos. amazon parrots inhabiting the greater antillean islands represent a fascinating model of species diversification. unfortunately, many of these birds are threatened as a result of human activity and some, like the puerto rican parrot, are now critically endangered. in this study we used a combination of de novo and reference-assisted assemb ...201930654561
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