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CEIBA Research, Guyana (Image 17)

June 14, 2010
CEIBA Research, Guyana (Image 17) Pale-breasted Thrush (Turdus leucomelas). Average size of these birds is about 18 centimeters. They are most common in coastal areas of South America, although they are also inland in savannas. Their nests are made in the shape of a cup using dead grasses that are covered with green plant material. To protect their nests, Pale-breasted thrush will build a second nest as a decoy for predators. Their preferred diet is insects and fruit. This image was taken as part of research centered at CEIBA Biological Center, Inc. in Guyana, by Dr. Godfrey Bourne of the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Dr. Bourne is currently program director of the Behavioral Systems Cluster, Division of Integrative Organismal Biology at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Bourne is personally involved in administrating CEIBA Biological Center Inc., as a nonprofit research, education and conservation field station in Guyana. Research opportunities for postdoctoral associates, graduate and undergraduate students are available in Guyana on a diversity of organisms. This research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation. [One of several related images. See Next Image.] (Date of Image: 2004-2006)