Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1971

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair

Jared Verner

Second Committee Member

Stamford D. Smith

Third Committee Member

Philip C. Dumas


In 1969 a two-year study was undertaken in an effort to enlarge our knowledge of the life history of the western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana). Bent (1958) summarizes the literature on the western tanager, and a review of his work clearly shows an almost total absence of detailed information on the species' life history. To obtain this information, observations were conducted from 1 May through 29 July 1969. A few observations were made during the 1968 breeding season.