SBN Past President Barney A. Schlinger Publishes The Wingsnappers
September 12, 2023

The Wingsnappers: Lessons from an Exuberant Tropical Bird by Barney A. Schlinger is the story of a remarkable bird, the golden-collared manakin (Manacus vitellinus) of Panama. Males perform one of the most physically complex and noisy courtship displays of any animal on the planet. Schlinger delves into the specialized neurons, muscles, bones, and hormonal systems underlying the manakin’s courtship behavior, creating a rich life-history account that integrates field and evolutionary biology with behavioral neuroendocrinology, biomechanics and general ornithology.