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Team Of Rivals Approach Used By Sparrows For Defending Territories
2014-02-26 11:08:05

University of Massachusetts at Amherst A new study of territorial songs used by chipping sparrows to defend their turf reveals that males sometimes will form a "dear enemy" alliance with a weaker neighbor to prevent a stronger rival from moving in. University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student Sarah Goodwin and her advisor, behavioral ecologist Professor Jeffrey Podos, report their findings in the current issue of Biology Letters. They say that Goodwin's playback studies, funded...

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2009-10-21 08:19:31

It may take a village to raise a child, and apparently it takes at least two adult birds to teach a young song sparrow how and what to sing. In the first study conducted in the field to examine how juvenile song birds learn their repertoire, University of Washington researchers have learned that eavesdropping on the singing conversations between two adult sparrows appears to be a key event in song learning. The results are being published Oct. 21 in the online edition of the Proceedings of...


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2006-11-19 21:35:08

The Brewer's Sparrow, Spizella breweri, is a small, slim sparrow. There are two distinct populations of this bird. Spizella breweri breweri is found in brushy areas in southern parts of western Canada and in the western United States. Spizella breweri taverneri is found in thicketed areas in the Rockies of northern British Columbia, the southern Yukon and southeastern Alaska. Adults have gray-brown backs and brown crowns, both with dark streaks, and a pale eye-ring. Their wings are brown...

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2006-02-21 14:32:10

The Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) is a small sparrow found in shrubby open areas and Jack Pine woods across central Canada and central northern United States east to the Great Lakes. They build their nests on the ground or low in a shrub. Adults have light brown upperparts, pale underparts, and darker streaks on the back. The crown is dark brown with a pale stripe and the eyes sport a white line over each and a darker line within. The cheek patch is light brown. The wings are...

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2005-06-14 09:06:19

The Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerine) is a small sparrow that have a rusty cap, a dark bill and grey underparts. They have a tan back with dark stripes, brown wings with white bars and a slim tail. Their face is grey with a black line through the eye. They are similar in appearance to the American Tree Sparrow. Their breeding habitat is wooded areas including suburban parks and farmland across most of North America. They usually nest in trees, coniferous or deciduous, or sometimes on...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'