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Mandible (Jawbone ) of a Hylocichla mustelina (Wood Thrush)


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Species Description
The Wood Thrush is a relatively common, widely distributed songbird, found in deciduous and mixed forests throughout North America. The Wood Thrush is an omnivore, preferring soil invertebrates and larvae (for which it forages on the forest floor, flipping over leaves with its beak), but will eat fruits. Over half of mated pairs are able to raise two broods per year, but their nests are frequently parasitized by the Brown-Headed Cowbird. The males of the species have one of the most beautiful and recognizable songs in North America; they posses a complicated syrinx (songbox) that allows them to sing two notes at once and harmonize with their own voice. The Wood Thrush also displays a behavior known as “anting”, where a bird picks up ants and rubs them on its feathers; the motive behind this is unknown, but it is possible to acquire defensive secretions from the ants, which are used for medicinal or preening purposes.
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Mandible (Jawbone )

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Wood Thrush Page

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