Head-scratching method of the Swainson's warbler

The Auk



Ficken and Ficken (Auk, 85: 136, 1968) suggest that the "Head-scratching method may prove a valuable addition to the set of complex characters that can be used in defining genera," and that field observers should continue to fill gaps in our knowledge of this behavior. In the course of a series of observations of Swainson's Warblers (Limnothlypis swainsonii) in the Dismal Swamp, Virginia, I saw head-scratching in three individuals, four times in one, three in another, and once in the third. All three birds used the direct method, bringing the foot forward and under the wing.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Head-scratching method of the Swainson's warbler
Series title The Auk
DOI 10.2307/4083673
Volume 87
Issue 1
Year Published 1970
Language English
Publisher American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 1 p.
First page 163
Last page 163
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