Eastern Bluebird

Sialia sialis


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Patricia Adair Gowaty (Ph.D.) is a Distinguished Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an Affiliated Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and a Distinguished Research Professor Emerita at the University of Georgia (Athens). She studied mating-system and reproductive behavior and ecology of Eastern Bluebirds on Clemson University and University of Georgia study sites for 30 years. She is an evolutionary biologist interested in the adaptive dynamics of social behavior, mating systems, and sex allocation, which she studies in the context of the demography of bird species in the field and in laboratory experiments using non-model Drosophila species. She is currently completing a book on mating theory and the origins of adaptively flexible individual reproductive behavior, and hopes to return soon to fieldwork on bluebirds. Current address: Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095. E-mail: .

Jonathan H. Plissner received his Ph.D. from Clemson University in 1994. He described dispersal patterns of Eastern Bluebirds and tested hypotheses of proximate causation of natal dispersal. He observed breeding and nonbreeding behavior of the Eastern Bluebird for 10 years. His primary interests are the evolutionary and ecological significance of avian movements. He is currently a senior scientist with ABR, Inc. Environmental Research and Services, where his studies primarily focus upon flight patterns of migrating and breeding birds and their associations with collision risk at energy developments. Current address: ABR, Inc., P.O. Box 249, Forest Grove, OR 97116. E-mail: .

Recommended Citation

Gowaty, P. A. and J. H. Plissner (2015). Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.381