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The organization and probable evolution of some mixed species flocks of Neotropical birds

  title={The organization and probable evolution of some mixed species flocks of Neotropical birds},
  author={Martin H. Moynihan},
The organization and probable evolntion of some mixed species flocks of Neotropical birds.--M. Moynihan. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, vol. 143, no. 7. Pp. 1-140, 1962. $1.50.--This important paper, based upon three years' study in Panama, should be considered in conjunction with the author's earlier study of adaptations that promote interspecific gregariousness (Proc. XHth Internat. Ornith. Congr., pp. 523-541, 1960). Major contributions are the attempt to quantify observations in… 
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1958), and primarily on this basis, with some supporting evidence of a lower wing/tail ratio in the western population, Davis named this population as a distinct species
  • 1958