North American Bird Bander

North American Bird Bander

North American Bird Bander is a quarterly publication of the Western, Inland, and Eastern Bird Banding Associations which is of interest to banders, ornithologists, and others interested in birds.  It regularly features the following:

  • Papers and articles based on original research by banders
  • Notes and informal observations about birds
  • Reports of association activities
  • Reviews of books related to birds
  • New techniques in determining the age and sex of wild birds
  • Use of special research techniques such as color marking and telemetry
  • The best ways to attract birds for capture and study
  • How to make and use traps, nets, and banding equipment
  • Opportunities to participate in research projects with others
  • Ideas for projects of your own
  • Suggestions for using the data and statistics you have collected
  • Annual banding report to which all members who band in the inland area may contribute
  • Research funds information


Questions and requests for assistance with manuscript preparation should be directed to the IBBA Editor:

Peter Lowther
The Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
plowther@fieldmuseum.org

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North American Bird Bander Additional Figures

NABB Volume 38 (1)

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Figure 1.  A formative-plumaged Eastern Towhee captured 8 Oct 2012 at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, showing an eccentric molt-limit pattern among the primaries.

NABB Volumes 43 (4), 44 (1)

During the breeding season, the molt limits of ASY, SY, and HY Black-capped Vireos differ.

Figure 1 from the article Molt Limits Reveal Extent of Molt and Age in Black-capped Vireos.   During the breeding season, the molt limits of ASY, SY, and HY Black-capped Vireos differ. Labels used for individual feathers throughout this manuscript are shown in A. B-D show frequencies of replacement (%) of individual feathers for each age group. Feathers depicted in gray can be replaced whereas those shown in white are retained. The number in each replaced feather indicates the percent of the sample in which that feather was replaced.

NABB Volume 43 (4), 44 (1)

Fig 2. Feather replacement in the Black-capped Vireo during the first molt cycle.

Figure 2.   Feather replacement in the Black-capped Vireo during the first molt cycle is more extensive than previously known. Molt limits in this wing (marked by arrows) show an eccentric molt pattern in which the inner 5 tertials and secondaries, outer 7 primaries, and outer 5 primary coverts were replaced. This SY female was captured at Fort Hood, Texas on 2 July, 2010. The bird was just starting prebasic molt as indicated by its missing innermost primary. Note that the innermost tertial is barely visible protruding from beneath the photographer’s thumb, the two outer primaries are only slightly visible, and the outermost primary covert is not visible because the wing was not fully spread.  

NABB Vol 43 (4), Vol 44 (1)

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Figure 3.  An example of an unusual alular molt limit in an SY Black-capped Vireo in which only the middle of the three quills was retained. The two images show the left and right alulae of a female captured at Fort Hood, Texas on 26 June, 2017.  This is the color version of Figure 3, left image, from the article Molt Limits Reveal Extent of Molt and Age in Black-capped Vireos.  

NABB Vol 43 (4), Vol 44 (1)

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Figure 3.  An example of an unusual alular molt limit in an SY Black-capped Vireo in which only the middle of the three quills was retained. The two images show the left and right alulae of a female captured at Fort Hood, Texas on 26 June, 2017.    This is the color version of Figure 3,  right image, from the article Molt Limits Reveal Extent of Molt and Age in Black-capped Vireos.   

NABB Vol 44 (2 & 3)

Figure 2.  I used tracings (A) made from photographs (B) to test the usefulness of primary covert sh

Figure 2A. I used tracings (A) made from photographs (B) to test the usefulness of primary covert shape alone for determining the age of Black-capped Vireos. The use of tracings rather than photographs served to conceal other age characters that were visible in the photographs like molt limits and the width of feather edgings. An SY male captured 20 April 2011 is depicted.  

NABB Vol 44 (2&3)

See description for Figure 2A.  An SY male captured 20 April 2011 is depicted.

Figure 2B. See description for Figure 2A.

NABB Vol 44 (2&3)

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Figure 3A. Primary covert shape is an unreliable indicator of age in the Black-capped Vireo. Many individuals have covert shapes opposite of the descriptions in Pyle (1997). For example, “A” shows a known fourth-year male with tapered, pointed coverts whereas “B” shows a known SY male (originally banded as a nestling) with relatively truncate coverts. These birds were recaptured and photographed on 17 May, 2010 and 12 May, 2009, respectively. 

NABB Vol 44 (2&3)

Figure 3B.

 Figure 3B. Primary covert shape is an unreliable indicator of age in the Black-capped Vireo. Many individuals have covert shapes opposite of the descriptions in Pyle (1997). For example, “A” shows a known fourth-year male with tapered, pointed coverts whereas “B” shows a known SY male (originally banded as a nestling) with relatively truncate coverts. These birds were recaptured and photographed on 17 May, 2010 and 12 May, 2009, respectively.