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Vertebrates from the Barrier Island of Tamaulipas

Lying between the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre de Tamaulipas is a narrow barrier island extending from the delta of the Rio Grande south for 140 miles to within 185 miles of Tampico, Tamaulipas. This island, like most of coastal Tamaulipas, has been all but neglected by zoological collectors. Consequently, little is known […]

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The Postnatal Development of Two Broods of Great Horned Owls

Opportunity regularly to observe at the nest the development of young Great Horned Owls, Bubo virginianus (Gmelin), under favorable conditions, was afforded when a pair nested and reared their three offspring in 1945 and one offspring in 1946 on the vine-covered north wall of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Kansas. The […]

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Antarctic Penguins

Antarctic Penguins – A Study of Their Social Habits The penguins of the Antarctic regions very rightly have been termed the true inhabitants of that country. The species is of great antiquity, fossil remains of their ancestors having been found, which showed that they flourished as far back as the eocene epoch. To a degree […]

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The Woodpeckers

Long ago in Greece, the legend runs, a terrible monster called the Sphinx used to waylay travelers to ask them riddles: whoever could not answer these she killed, but the man who did answer them killed her and made an end of her riddling. To-day there is no Sphinx to fear, yet the world is […]

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Thoracic and Coracoid Arteries In Two Families of Birds

Thoracic and Coracoid Arteries In Two Families of Birds, Columbidae and Hirundinidae Most descriptions of the circulatory system of birds, largely the work of Glenny, have dealt with arteries of the neck and thorax in a wide variety of species. As a result of his work, Glenny offered several hypotheses concerning the phylogenetic, hence taxonomic, […]

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The Subspecies of the Mountain Chickadee

Fieldwork was carried on by the California Museum of Vertebrate Zoology during 1917 in the Inyo region of eastern California. In going over the collection of birds obtained, the attention of the writer was arrested by certain peculiarities evident in the Mountain Chickadees. Comparison with series from the Sierras showed the Inyo birds to be […]

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Phylogeny of the Waxwings and Allied Birds

A small family of passerine birds, the Bombycillidae, has been selected for analysis in the present paper. By comparative study of coloration, nesting, food habits, skeleton and soft parts, an attempt is made to determine which of the differences and similarities between species are the result of habits within relatively recent geological time, and which […]

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Natural History of the Bell Vireo

Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon The Bell Vireo (Vireo bellii Aud.) is a summer resident in riparian and second growth situations in the central United States south of North Dakota. In the last two decades this bird has become fairly common in western, and to a lesser extent in central, Indiana […]

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Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae

Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae – A Taxonomic Study The relationships of many groups of birds within the Order Passeriformes are poorly understood. Most ornithologists agree that some of the passerine families of current classifications are artificial groups. These artificial groupings are the result of early work which gave chief attention to […]

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Food Habits of the Thrushes of the United States

North American thrushes (Turdidæ) constitute a small but interesting group of birds, most of which are of retiring habits but noted as songsters. They consist of the birds commonly known as thrushes, robins, bluebirds, Townsend’s solitaire, and the wheatears. The red-winged thrush of Europe (Turdus musicus) is accidental in Greenland, and the wheatears (Saxicola œnanthe […]

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