Other Birds

The following birds are several different species that we have banded at our MAPS station in North Carolina.  The birds are banded, weighed, measured and the general health and condition is recorded before release.  Over the years that we have run our MAPS station, we have been pleased to note a high survival rate among the warblers and wood thrushes, that is evident in the number of recaptured individuals.

Eastern Bluebird (juvenile)

Sialia sialis

(Yes, this little guy was seriously pissed off at being banded...)

Eastern Bluebird (male)

Sialia sialis

You'll note that the bird's crown is wet.  We apply a drop of water to the head, which causes the skin to become translucent so that we can see the skull.  We age the bird according to many characteristics, including whether the skull has completely filled in, or still has small pink areas.

Brown Thrasher

Toxostoma rufum rufum

 

 

 

 

Indigo Bunting (male)

Passerina cyanea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Tanager (red male and yellow female)

Piranga rubra rubra

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