RFI: White-backed Swallow wing/tail morphology

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Subject: RFI: White-backed Swallow wing/tail morphology
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 13:43:57 +1100
Dear all

If you can help with this, please respond directly to Piotr.  

My name is Piotr Matyjasiak. I am seeking for data on wing and 
tail-streamer morphology for the White-backed Swallow, Cheramoeca 

I am studying the relationships between flight morphology and flight 
performance in swallows, and detailed data on wing morphology and tail 
streamer morphology are necessary for comparative analyses that will form 
the basis for my aerodynamic experiments.

If you can collect wing-outlines (see below) and tail streamers (outermost 
tail feathers) for me or can recommend a person who might help me with 
collecting them, please e-mail me at:  I 
will, of course, credit persons who provide wing drawings and other data 
that I use in the publications. These wing-outlines and tail streamers may 
be send to my postal address that is included bellow.

The wing morphology is best measured in the field (e.g. during bird 
ringing) by drawing an outline around an outstretched bird's wing 
(preferably right wing) onto a copy or printer paper. Wing-outlines and 
tail streamers (left and right) for 5-10 adult males and 5-10 adult females 
from each swallow species should be enough.

Thank you in advance.

Sincerely yours,

Piotr Matyjasiak

Piotr Matyjasiak

Laboratoire Parasitologie Evolutive
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
Bat. A, 7eme etage
7, quai St. Bernard, Case 237
F-75252 Paris Cedex 5
tel.: +33 1 44 27 25 94
fax.: +33 1 44 27 35 16
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