Category Archive: Icteridae

Nov 11 2013

The Merry Meadowlark who lived in the tall reeds

Once there was an old gray pussy, and she went down into the meadow, where she saw a merry lark flying among the tall reeds; and pussy said, “Where are you going, little lark?” And the merry lark answered, “I am going to the king to sing him a song this fine May morning.” And …

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May 28 2013

The Yellow-billed Cacique marks the time

Until recently when many Mopan began using wristwatches, birds played a crucial role in marking time. Even today when watches are more commonly seen, many birds are still a valued resource for knowing the time of day. For example, the Yellow-billed Casique (Amblycercus holosericeus) (known as otz, otz otz, or ootz ootz) is said to …

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May 11 2013

Bird stories, Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Big Man-eater had a wife but stole another woman and carried her to the place where his wife lived. Next day he started off. After he had traveled about hunting for a while he came back without having killed anything. Then he said to his wife, “Cut off a piece of your body and roast …

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May 09 2013

Bird stories, Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)

All the Mewan tribes, and many belonging to widely different stocks-including even the Washoo of Lake Tahoe and adjacent valleys east of the Sierra, class the Meadowlark among the bad birds. They say he talks too much and is a gossip and they do not like him. The Washoo call him Se-soo-te-ai-le and, like several …

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May 05 2013

Bird stories, Cactus Parakeet and Campo Troupial

The Sertanejos think that keeping a Campo Troupial as a pet can attract disagreeable events. Consuming a brew made from the meat of the Cactus Parakeet is believed bythe Sertanejos to facilitate the eruption of new teeth in children. Bird nr 3 in the plate. Bezerra, D. Birds and people in semiarid northeastern Brazil: symbolic …

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May 04 2013

Bird stories, Boat-tailed Grackle and Brown Jay

The call of the Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) is said to indicate it will rain soon. The Mopan claim that the often seen pa’ap, or Brown Jay (Cyanocorax morio) can be useful for hunters since it cries out when it sees a game animal; however, it if cries too loudly, it can scare the game …

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Dec 31 2011

Photoperiodism and the annual testicular cycle of the bobolink (dolichonyx oryzivorus), a trans equatorial migrant, as compared with two temperate zone migrants

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) Science Article 5 abstract It is now quite generally accepted that seasonal changes in day-length play animportant role in the temporal regulation of several annual cyclic phenomena inmany birds of the northern hemisphere. Best known is the effect of photoperiodson the annual cycle of the testes, but evidence is accumulating that there …

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Dec 31 2011

Spatial responses of bobolinks (dolichonyx oryzivorus)near different types of edges in northern iowa

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) Science Article 2 abstract Habitat edges are well-studied components of fragmented landscapes, yet factorsmediating edge effects remain unclear. We report how different types of edges surroundingpatches may affect spatial distributions of Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), a declining, area-sensitive songbird that breeds in grasslands. We expected Bobolinks to be less abundant near edges, and …

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Dec 31 2011

Preliminary Study in whether land management affects dialect formation in Bobolinks

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) Science Article 4 abstract Song dialects occur when individuals share similarity in song phrases at the group level. Most hypotheses regarding formation and maintenance of dialects attempt to explain how females select mates through preferences for local song types (Payne et al. 1981; Baker & Cunningham 1985; Rothstein & Fleischer 1987). Anastasia …

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Dec 31 2011

Natural and induced magnetization in the bobolink, dolichonyx oryzivorus (aves: icteridae)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) Science Article 1 abstract The magnetic characteristics of the heads from 28 bobolinks [Icteridae:Dolichonyx oryzivorus (L.)] were analysed using remanence magnetometers. Thenatural remanent magnetization of 12 freshly preserved heads averaged 3-20xl0~7electromagnetic units (e.m.u.) (le.m.u. = 103Am~’) and was oriented horizontallyfrom side to side. An electromagnet was used to induce magnetization with externalfield …

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