Friday, January 8, 2016

Lazuli Bunting

The last bird of our July adventure was this Lazuli Bunting at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We found this western edition of the eastern Indigo Bunting by following its call. This species calls throughout the breeding season. At first, young males copy the songs of their neighbors. After a while, the males may come up with new syllables, either completely novel, or combinations of several other birds. Occasionally they steal complete songs of an older male. The result is often “song neighborhoods,” in which the songs of local males are similar (Greene et al. 2014).

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