Friday, September 4, 2015

In the News: Birds of a Feather

Fig.1. House Finch-eggs (Credit: Rich Mooney via Flickr, 2005)

Between Victorian egg collecting and modern day plastic production, humans have endangered bird populations around the world. Living collections and dried specimens found in museums help us to paint a picture of both their ancient relationship with people and future survival:

  • Subtle differences in size can deter attacks against these clever woodpecker species. Such mimicry serves to both protect the birds and confuse researchers attempting to study them in natural history museums: “Deceptive Woodpecker Uses Mimicry To Avoid Competition,” AMNH News & Blogs (11 August, 2015)

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