The Wingsnappers By Barney A. Schlinger

  • Narrated by: Jon Vertullo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Release date: 12-19-23

The Wingsnappers By Barney A. Schlinger AudioBook summary

Birds, hormones, and extraordinary behavior: The story of the tiny but mighty golden-collared manakin of Panama

This book is the story of a remarkable bird, the golden-collared manakin (Manacus vitellinus) of Panama. Males of this species perform one of the most elaborate, physically complex, and noisy courtship displays of any animal on the planet. Barney A. Schlinger delves into the specialized neurons, muscles, bones, and hormonal systems underlying the manakin’s unique courtship behavior, creating a rich life-history account that integrates field observations and evolutionary biology with behavioral ecology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and general ornithology.

The personal lives of investigators and the natural history of the Panamanian rainforest provide context for this account of the bird’s fascinating behavior. Schlinger clearly and approachably explains basic concepts in disciplines such as avian anatomy, endocrinology, sexual differentiation, and the neurobiology of song and aeroacoustics, offering listeners a window into the biology of this exuberant bird.


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