The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig
is a research museum of the Leibniz Association
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The New World parrots (Psittaciformes: Psittacidae: Arinae) are a species-rich monophyletic subfamily of parrots that can be found at almost all altitudes in the Neotropic. In this project, we aim to understand the morphological variation and its potential influence on the distribution of 26 species of Neotropical parrots along an elevation gradient in the Manú National Park in southern Peru. By measuring specimens in bird collections we aim to correlate the occurrence of specific body plans and feeding strategies with the preference of different habitats. Finally, our goal is to comprehend the aspects of evolutionary diversification of these parrots during their spread over the continent.
Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt/M.