Category: Thraupidae

How the Summer Red-Bird got his color

A Raccoon passing a Wolf one day made several insulting remarks, until at last the Wolf became angry and turned and chased him. The Raccoon ran his best and managed to reach a tree by the river side before the Wolf came up. He climbed the tree and stretched out on a limb overhanging the […]

Bird stories, Blue-black Grassquit and Blue-crowned Motmot

The Ch‘ol Maya believe the pich, identified by informants as variously the Melodious Blackbird (Dives dives) or Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina), are said to sing to signal to a traveler that someone is ahead on the road. Hull, K. & Fergus, R. AN ETHNOORNITHOLOGICAL APPROACH TO HUMAN-BIRD RELATIONS AMONG THE MOPAN MAYA OF BELIZE. 2009. […]

The nest of the gold-ringed tanager (bangsia aureocincta), a colombian endemic

Gold-ringed Tanager (Bangsia aureocincta) Science Article 1 abstract We present the first nest description for the Gold-ringed Tanager (Bangsia aureocincta) and include notes on parental care. The nest is a large domed ball constructed of moss, whereas the nest lining is constructed of rootlets. We observed three adults attending the nest, the first evidence of […]

A partly chestnut specimen of Variable Seedeater.

Wing-barred Seedeater (Sporophila americana) Science Article 2 abstract Navy pipeline near Gamboa, Panama Canal Zone, Horace Loftin and I collected an adult male Variable Seedeater (Sporophila aurita) with a considerable amount of chestnut in the plumage. There is a faint chestnut malar stripe and a narrow transverse band of chestnut across the throat. Storrs L. […]

When black plus white equals gray: the nature of variation in the Variable Seedeater complex (Emberizinae: Sporophila)

Wing-barred Seedeater (Sporophila americana) Science Article 1 abstract The degree of relationship between the Variable (Sporophila aurita) and Wing-barred (S. americana) Seedeaters has been debated for over 80 years. The discovery of a zone of hybridization between the former and the Gray Seedeater (S. intermedia), not previously considered to be closely related because of its […]

Ecological relationships between feather mites (Acari) and wild birds ofEmberizidae (Aves) in a fragment of Atlantic Forest in northeastern Brazil

White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus) Science Article 1 abstract The objective of this study was to investigate feather mites on birds of the Family Emberizidae, tocollect data on the ecological ectoparasite-host relationship and infestation level. A sum of 94 birds of 9 specieswas captured at the Refugio Ecologico Charles Darwin, Igarassu, Pernambuco, Brazil, from August 1996 […]

RAPTORS AND ‘CAMPO-CERRADO’ BIRD MIXED FLOCKLED BY Cypsnagra hirundinacea (Emberizidae:Thraupinae).

White-rumped Tanager (Cypsnagra hirundinacea) Science Article 1 abstract Bird mixed flocks including Cypsnagra hirundinacea and Neothraupis fasciata as species with sentinelswere studied in ‘campo-cerrado’ in order to investigate the possible relationship between alertnessand the mixed flock leadership. This study was conducted from March to September 1996 and mixedflocks were observed on average for 2:30h. The […]