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Courtship display and nesting behavior of Black-throated Tody-Tyrants

Male Black-throated Tody-Tyrants hover back and forth in front of a female while making a “loud, whirring sound most likely produced by his rapid wing beats.” The courtship display and nesting behavior of these birds was described by Jenna McCullough and Gustavo Londoño in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology in 2017. #mlresearch #mlvideo  

1956: Our first scientific publication to cite the use of archived recordings

#tbt to the first scientific publication to cite the use of our archived recordings in 1956: Dilger, William C. “Hostile behavior and reproductive isolating mechanisms in the avian genera Catharus and Hylocichla.” The Auk 73.3 (1956): 313-353. William C. Dilger played calls of several species of thrushes and used models of birds to document aggressive responses… Read more

Videos used to track head movements

Videos of animals in the wild are available in the Macaulay Library. Sometimes, it’s just a 3 minute video of a bird perched on a branch looking at its surroundings: RESEARCH GOLD! Researchers from Purdue University used videos from Macaulay to track head movement of 29 bird species, including this Eastern Meadowlark. They learned that… Read more

Your photo could be featured in a scientific publication

Photos submitted by users through eBird to Macaulay Library are helping illustrate scientific publications. This Gray-fronted Honeyeater by Tom Johnson/ (ML 37354101) was featured in a recent publication on the evolution of body shape and ecology of honeyeaters. #mlresearch #mluse #mlphoto

Did you know that we have audio recordings of insects?

Ants, Wasps and Bees © Michael Andersen ML 125254 This recording of a bee was used by research engineers Jian Zhoua and Ronald Miles from Binghamton University in New York to show how spider silk transmits sound directly to a spider. #mluse #mlresearch #insects #spiders

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