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    Université de Fribourg

    Parallel adaptations to nectarivory in parrots, key innovations and the diversification of the Loriinae

    Schweizer, Manuel ; Güntert, Marcel ; Seehausen, Ole ; Leuenberger, Christoph ; Hertwig, Stefan T.

    In: Ecology and Evolution, 2014, vol. 4, no. 14, p. 2867–2883

    Specialization to nectarivory is associated with radiations within different bird groups, including parrots. One of them, the Australasian lories, were shown to be unexpectedly species rich. Their shift to nectarivory may have created an ecological opportunity promoting species proliferation. Several morphological specializations of the feeding tract to nectarivory have been described for...