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Into the Matorral: Scientists Track Avifauna in Coastal Chile's Thorn-Scrub

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Photo of spiny shrubs in foreground, mountains in background, in Chile's Bosque de Fray Jorge Park.

Flowers in Chile's Bosque de Fray Jorge Park are important for nectar for hummingbirds.

Credit: Andrew Engilis


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Photo of a female giant hummingbird in a researcher's hand after banding..

A female giant hummingbird in a researcher's hand after banding; the bird soon flew away.

Credit: Andrew Engilis


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Photo of a culpeo fox.

The culpeo fox is the primary mammal predator of birds in the coastal matorral.

Credit: Andrew Engilis


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Photo of a white-throated tapaculo.

The white-throated tapaculo is found only in matorral habitat; its loud calls are everywhere.

Credit: Andrew Engilis


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Photo of a mero, also known as the giant shrike-tyrant.

The mero, also known as the giant shrike-tyrant, is a flycatcher the size of a robin.

Credit: Andrew Engilis


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Photo of a degu, a mammal endemic to Chile.

The degu, a mammal endemic to Chile, is one focus of the team's ecological studies.

Credit: Andrew Engilis


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