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A brightly colored bird perched on a thin branch. It has a yellow chest, red head and long, slender tail feather
Apr. 19, 2019
Humans have Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. Wire-tailed manakins have social networks, too. For more than 17 years, Smithsonian ornithologist Brandt Ryder has studied this bird's unique social...
A gray catbird in a researchers hand. It has colored bands around its ankles.
Sep. 06, 2017
What happens when a migratory bird’s path lands it right in an urban area like Washington, D.C.? Can the city's parks support wild birds through the breeding season, and how do their behaviors change...
Gray catbird. Photo courtesy of Dan Vickers.
Jun. 30, 2017
Fitted with a GPS device the weight of a paperclip, a gray catbird in the Washington, D.C., area flies south, unaware that the device records its every move. That data is key for conservation...
A small gray bird, called a gray catbird, standing on a rock
Jun. 21, 2016
Tagging nearly 100 gray catbirds across their breeding range in Washington D.C., Atlanta GA, Springfield MA and Fort Collins CO.
a brightly-colored tropical bird, called a wire-tailed manakin, perched on a branch
May. 12, 2016
Examining a hormone-signaling pathway thought to underlie variation in social behavior and subsequent network structure in a cooperative lek-breeding bird, the wire-tailed manakin.
Jan. 27, 2016
For the past 50 years, the number of wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) that breed in the United States has decreased more than 60 percent.
Jan. 20, 2016
Extreme weather conditions, like those expected with this year's powerful El Niño have strong effects on a charismatic Amazonian bird species, the wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda).
Apr. 13, 2012
Birds provide one of the most common ways to encounter nature in cities, but few people wonder how their actions affect birds looking for love.