National Geographic : 2012 May
producing such sounds, are highly remarkable. We thus gain a high idea of their importance for sexual purposes." But the mechanics of its music making have taken more than a century to uncover. Just a handful of ornithologists study the club-winged manakin, which lives in Colombia and Ecuador. Probably none is more in tune with the bird than Kim Bostwick. It was Bostwick--- rst working with her Ph.D. adviser at Yale, Richard Prum, and then since as curator of birds and mammals at the Cornell University Museum of Crouching in the dense bush of the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Ecuador, Cornell University ornithologist Kim Bostwick listens, watches, and waits for a striped manakin. At le , a male club- winged manakin in the Milpe Bird Sanctuary, with his charac- teristic red thatch, has just attracted a female with his sound and now hopes to seal the deal.