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How can interactions between frugivorous birds and plants shape the color of bird plumage?

Grant number: 20/09286-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2021
Effective date (End): July 01, 2024
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Theoretical Ecology
Principal Investigator:Paulo Roberto Guimarães Junior
Grantee:Lucas Ferreira do Nascimento
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:18/14809-0 - Evolutionary dynamics in ecological networks, AP.JP2
Associated scholarship(s):22/04217-3 - Urbanisation as a potential environmental filter to the plumage colours of passerines, BE.EP.DR


Understanding how the interactions between animals and plants shape traits of animals and plants is a central issue in evolutionary ecology. With this in mind, the general objective of the present work is to investigate how the interactions between frugivorous birds and plants can shape the color of bird's plumage. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to assess this relationship both today and throughout the evolutionary history of species. Thus, we will first assess the relationship between frugivory and plumage color throughout the evolutionary history of the birds of the family Pipridae. Next, we will assess the relationship between the color of the plumage of frugivorous birds and the role they play in interaction networks. To investigate these issues, I will combine empirical data, comparative phylogenetic methods and analysis of interaction networks. (AU)

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BLANK, MARCEL HENRIQUE; GUIMARAES JR, PAULO ROBERTO; DO NASCIMENTO, LUCAS FERREIRA; PEREIRA, RICARDO JOSE GARCIA. Ecological drivers of breeding periodicity in four forest neotropical eagles. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 13, n. 1, p. 10-pg., . (20/11479-9, 20/09286-8, 16/17158-4, 18/14809-0)

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