B N Bhattacharyya
Articles written in Journal of Biosciences
Volume 19 Issue 4 October 1994 pp 415-427
With gradual increasing complexity in higher vertebrate structure and function, the birds as a class have acquired very high degree of feeding adaptations for diverse food-niches. A comparative functional morphological study of the feeding apparatus of 6 species of columbid birds showing diversification in their food-habits reveals that some correlations exist between the form-function complexes of the feeding apparatus and the extent of diversity of food-habits shown by these birds.
Among the species of columbid birds selected for the Study,
Similar correlations have also been observed between the tongue features of columbid birds and the diversity of their feeding adaptation.