Tanagra (birds), Barro Colorado Island, Panama, 1958

ID: SIA Acc. 01-096

Creator: Moynihan, M.

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1957-1963

Citation: Martin H. Moynihan Papers, 1952-1996

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The notes and hand drawn sketches document Moynihan's behavioral observations of Tanagra (birds) on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, November 3, 1957 - December 8, 1958. Also includes observations of same type of bird in Amapá, Brazil on February 3, 1963. Pages are numbered but are not sequential. Pages are numbered in correlation with dates. Dated entries are journal style and describe birds songs (with phonetic descriptions), location of the bird in its environment, interactions, and changing behavior as displayed in physical appearance and movement. Sketches of birds support of the text. Bird's physical descriptions include sex, colors, size, and appearance. There are markings along the left hand margin of pages, with keys at the beginning of entries, indicating color and corresponding information (usually indicates which bird is being observed). Includes an index organized by type of behavior, and type of information included (whether description or comment) and page number.

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 03, 1957

End Date

Feb 03, 1963

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  • Animals
  • Animal behavior
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Amapá
  • Barro Colorado
  • Panama
  • Brazil


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Illustrations

Accession #

SIA Acc. 01-096

Collection name

Martin H. Moynihan Papers, 1952-1996

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


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