Monthly Archives: May 2015

European Starling

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The European Starling was first brought to North America from Europe in the 1890’s by Shakespeare enthusiasts.  Although not indigenous to the continent, the starling has spread to occupy most of the continent. The European Starling is a medium sized … Continue reading

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Rumble in the Jungle: Elephant vocalizations give insight to emotional state

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A group of researchers situated in South Africa examined the emotional effect of translocating a herd of African elephants. They determined that the frequency of their low-pitch vocalizations was markedly higher, suggesting that higher-frequency vocalizations may be a window into … Continue reading

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The Chipping Sparrow (Spizella Passerina): Singing Behavior

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The Chipping Sparrow (Spizella Passerina): Singing Behavior The Chipping Sparrow, while not flashy or exotic, exhibits complex and unique singing behavior unlike many other bird species. The nuances of this bird’s song are still being analyzed and applied to the scientific … Continue reading

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House Wren (Troglodytes Aedon): General Biology

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Appearance: From a distance, the House Wren appears to be a uniform brownish gray.  The head, nape, and back are a uniform shade of brown; the chest and throat are a uniform light gray, sometimes with buffy or brownish tinge.  … Continue reading

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The House Wren’s Singing Behavior

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The House Wren is a tiny, brown songbird that is commonly found in the backyards of homes across the western hemisphere. Anyone can go out on a still, summer day and notice the tiny bodies of feathers zoom past in … Continue reading

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What a Bird! : The Singing Behavior of the Red-Breasted Nuthatch

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A Little Background: The Red-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) is a small bird with a compact body, a short neck and tail, and a long beak that is tapered. They are the only nuthatch in North America that has a broad … Continue reading

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The General Biology of the Black Capped Chickadee- Poecile atricapillus

Introduction to the Black-capped Chickadee:     The Black-capped Chickadee is a common and well studied songbird found in much of Canada and the Northern United Sates.  This species is non-migratory and individuals tend not to travel very far from … Continue reading

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Vocalizations and Singing Behavior in the Black-Capped Chickadee (Poecile Atricapillus)

  Generic Black-Capped Chickadee Song: Generic Black-Capped Chickadee Call: Song, Call Types, and Vocalization Behavior: Most adult chickadees have no less than 16 different vocalizations. The following is a list of names for the different vocalizations which have been identified … Continue reading

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Canada Goose Vocalizations

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Types of Vocalizations- The Canada Goose is a waterfowl, and not a singing species of bird. However, the Canada Goose has an intricate system of vocal communication, and their repertoire includes 13 different calls for adults, although this is debated … Continue reading

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Red Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta Canadensis) General Biology

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What does A Red Breasted Nuthatch look like? The Red Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta Canadensis) is physically a pudgy bird with a very small neck and a stubby body from the Nuthatch family. It has a long, sharp, and slightly upward … Continue reading

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