Monthly Archives: November 2017

Birds With Friends: The Golden-Crowned Kinglet

Appearance  The golden crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa) is slightly bigger than a hummingbird, with rounded body and short wings. Its head is relatively large, with a thin tail and a short and thin beak. It has a distinctive black eyebrow … Continue reading

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Swamp Sparrow General Report

  Habitat and Appearance The swamp sparrows (Melospiza georgiana) are mostly seen in the Eastern U.S and Canada. During breeding season they are close to water and in winter they like similar areas and with more brush and grass. During … Continue reading

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Swamp Sparrow Singing Behavior

Brenna McMannon and Jocelyn Dryfoos Brian Stone, 2015                                                                 … Continue reading

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The Song of the Golden Crowned Kinglet

While there is little research explaining why they sing or how they learn, the Golden-Crowned Kinglet sings a high pitched song. Click here to eavesdrop on one of them singing! Its song consists of up to 14 ‘tsee’ notes (All … Continue reading

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Hear me, see me: Female cowbirds filter sensory information well across modalities

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It is relatively common in the animal kingdom that species will communicate with one another through more than one sensory modality; that is, they can combine auditory, visual, olfactory (smell), and other signal forms in their interactions with other individuals, … Continue reading

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Cedar Waxwing

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Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) General Biology:                                          APPEARANCE The Cedar Waxing boasts a shiny silk-like collection of wing feathers ranging from … Continue reading

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Turn down the noise! Owl hunting behavior is inhibited by anthropogenic noise

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An occasional stroll through an urban forest or a developed landscape may leave one finding a cote of doves, thick vegetation, a family of hikers, and…heavy machinery? As a result of the advent of wide-spread geo-commercialism, many young entrepreneurs are … Continue reading

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Discriminability and memorability demonstrated by reconciliation and third-party affiliation in carrion crows

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  Discriminability and memorability are two aspects of receiver psychology; a component of sensory processing that directly precedes the receiver response. Endler (1993) emphasizes that the receiver is an overlooked player and he provides a framework to better understand the … Continue reading

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The Electric Side of Pollination

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Pollination is necessary for plants to reproduce, and so many species of plants depend on bees and other insects as pollinators. Flowers employ a number of strategies to attracts pollinators such as bright colors, patterns and alluring fragrances. Flowers however … Continue reading

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No sexy sons here: the male trait of leading calls found not heritable in katydids

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In insects and frogs, a female’s preference for males who call first is well proven. These males are called leaders. Other calling males neighboring the leading male are called followers. Although the female preference for leaders has been studied thoroughly, … Continue reading

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