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Smooth dance moves confirm new Bird-of-Paradise species

Newly publicized audiovisuals support full species status for one of the dancing birds-of-paradise in New Guinea. This new species, called the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, is found only in the island’s far-western Bird’s Head, or Vogelkop, region. In a new paper published in the journal PeerJ, scientists “show and tell” half-a-dozen ways this form is distinct from… Read more

Join the Macaulay Team: Collections Development Manager position

The Macaulay Library is growing exponentially. Help us build partnerships with a global community contributing sounds, photos, and video to the archive and join our team as a Collections Development Manager. For more information, and to apply, visit the full job description. The position will be posted until filled. Specific duties include: Strategically grow the… Read more

Female birds sing!

Did you know that female birds sing? They do! Females sing in 64% of birds species in which the male sings, but numbers grow as more are observed and reported. Often, it is monomorphic species– where males and females look the same– where female song is unreported, or assumed to be the male. Macaulay Library… Read more

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

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