Martin H. Moynihan's Field Notes on Cyanerpes, 1957-1963

ID: SIA2012-1821 through SIA2012-1934

Creator: Moynihan, M

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Date: November 3, 1957-May 15, 1963

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-096, Box 1, Folder: 10

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Summary

  • Field notes that document the animal behavioral observations of Martin H. Moynihan, then Resident Naturalist and Director of the Barro Colorado Field Station, of Cyanerpes (Honeycreeper birds), from November 3, 1957-May 15, 1963 in Panama. The notes contain dated entries which are headed with type and location and include details about behaviors and physical appearances of groups and individual birds and their birds songs. The observations sometimes occur over an extended period of time, and text is highlighted along the left hand margin to indicate which bird is being described. Moynihan's descriptions include sex, colors of plumage, and size. The notes also include illustrations of birds.
  • The last page of the set describes Moynihan's observations of a set of three Chachalacas (birds) hatched in captivity.

Subject

  • Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Category

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Notes

Moynihan, a renowned animal behaviorist, arrived in Panama to serve as the Resident Director of the Barro Colorado Field Station in 1957. When the field station became the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Moynihan stayed as Director. He retired in 1973, but served as Senior Scientist at STRI, and continued writing and researching the behavior of various species of wild and imported pheasants at his farmhouse in France.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-096, Box 1, Folder: 10

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

November 3, 1957-May 15, 1963

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Topic

  • Scientific expeditions
  • Animals
  • Natural History
  • Birds
  • Field work
  • Field Notes
  • Naturalists
  • Ornithology
  • Ornithology--Field work
  • Research
  • Natural history

Place

  • Barro Colorado Island
  • Panama
  • La Chorrera
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)

ID Number

SIA2012-1821 through SIA2012-1934

Physical description

Number of Images: 114; Color: Color; Size: 8 w x 11h ; Type of Image: Book; Medium: Paper

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