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Zoo News Archive

duck on rock
Jul. 01, 2007
The harlequin duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) is a cult bird. I came to this conclusion very early in life. I grew up birding in Northern California in the '60s and '70s when breeding harlequins had...
Jun. 14, 2007
The northern waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) is a swamp thing, a seeker of wet woodlands far from where most people go.
bird standing on road on one leg
Aug. 01, 2005
The widespread American robin is one of our most familiar birds and its arrival in spring is eagerly anticipated.
Aug. 15, 2004
Despite its misleading name, the Tennessee warbler neither breeds nor over-winters in the state of Tennessee. This species got its name when the first specimen collected had the misfortune of being...
Jul. 01, 2004
As darkness descends along rural roadsides from Texas to Argentina, mysterious ember-like dots appear near ground level. Reflecting the beams of car headlights, this orange glow emanates from the...
Jun. 01, 2004
By John Barrat, Smithsonian Office of Public Affairs
A gray and white bird
Apr. 01, 2004
For many North American birdwatchers, the Cerulean Warbler is one of the most sought-after species during spring and summer.
Jan. 01, 2004
Eastern Phoebes are one of the first migratory birds to arrive in the spring in the northeastern United States. They often appear in March, well ahead of the peak migration for most forest songbirds...
Dec. 01, 2003
The sun is just about to rise on a cool December morning on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The birds awaken at the forest edge and begin calling vociferously: the harsh "shack" call of the Northern...
A female black-throated blue warbler with color bands, the unique color band combination allows scientists to recognize individual birds in the field.
Sep. 01, 2003
The striking black-throated blue warbler is one of the most common breeding songbirds in the extensive northern hardwood and mixed deciduous/coniferous forests of the northeastern United States and...
Aug. 15, 2003
Although its name sounds like an insult Yosemite Sam might sling at Bugs Bunny, the yellow-bellied sapsucker's moniker aptly describes its appearance and habits.
Jul. 01, 2003
On a cool spring morning in downtown Baltimore this year, the breeze was blowing and the hustle and bustle of an urban city were evident.
Jun. 14, 2003
Suddenly, the tern is struck from above with such force that it teeters in the wind and almost drops its prey. Glancing up, it sees its arch nemesis: the daring and fierce Parasitic Jaeger. The tern...
a group of people with binoculars look out the window of a car
May. 14, 2003
Most birders in North America are no doubt familiar with the orange-crowned warbler (Oreothlypis celata). The species breeds throughout the western U.S. and across the boreal forest from Alaska to...
May. 01, 2003
Singing from a concealed perch, the catbird truly enjoys its comfortable position. With its tail held down, body feathers fluffed, and wings drooping at its sides, the catbird exuberantly sings a...
Apr. 15, 2003
Once upon a time, you could, on a summer's day, count on hearing the creaky song of the Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolensis) filtering from the bog lands of the boreal forest. Decades ago, on a...
Mar. 15, 2003
Despite being a secretive and modest bird, the White-eyed Vireo has many fascinating aspects of its behavior. For example, the White-eyed Vireo is a superb vocal mimic, incorporating the calls of...
Mar. 01, 2003
This species is well named for its blue-gray head that contrasts with white 'spectacles' yellow sides, white wing bars, a greenish back and white belly and throat. However appropriate the name,...
Feb. 15, 2003
When birdwatchers list their most beautiful birds, the Swamp Sparrow is seldom, if ever, mentioned. In the world of ornithological aesthetics, sparrows get short shrift. They do not possess the...
A small hummingbird in flight drinks nectar from a flower
Jan. 15, 2003
Weighing in at a little more than a penny, it must double its body weight in order to fuel its migration from breeding grounds in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska to northern California) to wintering...
Feb. 21, 1999
Un ave migratoria Neotropical es un ave que se reproduce en los Estados Unidos y el Canadá durante el verano, generalmente entre mayo y septiembre, y que pasa el resto del año en México,...
tall tree over coffee shrubs
Feb. 21, 1999
La palabra pesticida es un término que abarca todos los químicos que matan o controlan aquello que los humanos han clasificado como plaga o peste.
Feb. 21, 1999
Con frecuencia, cuando pensamos en las aves que emigran a los trópicos las ubicamos en áreas cercanas como el Caribe y México.
Feb. 21, 1999
Imagine que usted ha estado viajando en su automóvil durante horas.
Feb. 21, 1999
Volar proporciona la mayor movilidad y ha hecho posible la evolución de la migración aérea como un medio para aprovechar los recursos alimenticios distantes y evitar la tensión fisiológica asociada...