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Araya-Salas, M., K. Wojczulanis-Jakubas, E. Phillips, D.J. Mennill, T.F. Wright. 2017. To overlap or not to overlap: context dependent coordinated singing in lekking long-billed hermits. Animal Behaviour. 124:57-64.doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.12.003 [PDF]

Sewall, K., A.M. Young, & T.F. Wright. 2016. Social calls provide novel insights into the evolution of vocal learning. Animal Behaviour. 120:163-172. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.07.031 [PDF]

Eberhard, J.R. and T.F. Wright. 2016. Rearrangement and evolution of the mitochondrial genome in parrots. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Available early online doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.08.011 NIHMS ID 716668. [PDF]

Ibarra, V. M. Araya-Salas, Y.-P. Tang, C. Park, A. Hyde, T.F. Wright, W. Tang. 2015. An RFID based smart feeder for hummingbirds. Sensors. 15:31751–31761. doi:10.3390/s151229886 [PDF]

Salinas-Melgoza, A., K. Renton, T. F. Wright, A. C. Montes-Medina. 2015. Principios de comunicación acústica en aves a diferentes niveles de organización social. In Biología del Comportamiento: Aportaciones desde la Fisiología, eds. M. Martínez-Gómez, R. A. Lucio & J. Rodriguéz-Antolín. Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala Tlaxcala, Mexico.

Medina-García*, A., M. Araya-Salas* & T.F. Wright. 2015. Does vocal learning accelerate acoustic diversification? Evolution of contact calls in Neotropical parrots. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Available early online doi: 10.1111/jeb.12694 [PDF]
*both authors contributed equally to this work.

Schweizer, M., T.F. Wright, E.E. Schirtzinger, J. Penalba & L. Joseph. 2015. Molecular phylogenetics suggests a New Guinean origin and frequent founder-event speciation events in the nectarivorous lories and lorikeets (Aves: Psittaciformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 90:34-48 [PDF]

Edelaar, P. S. Roques, S., E.A. Hobson, A. Gonçalves da Silva, M.A. Russello, M.L. Avery, J.C. Senar, T.F. Wright, M. Carrete, & J.L. Tella. 2015. Shared genetic diversity across the global invasive range of the monk parakeet suggests a common restricted geographic origin and the possibility of convergent selection. Molecular Ecology. 24:2164-2176. doi:10.1111/mec.13157 [PDF]

Hara, E., J.M. Perez, O. Whitney, Q. Chen, S.A. White & T.F. Wright. 2015. Neural FoxP2 and FoxP1 expression in the budgerigar, an avian species with adult vocal learning Behavioral Brain Research.283:22-29. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2015.01.017 [PDF]

Whitney, O., T. Voyles, E. Hara, Q. Chen, S.A. White & T.F. Wright. 2015. Differential FoxP2 and FoxP1 expression in a vocal learning nucleus of the developing budgerigar. Developmental Neurobiology. 75:778-790. doi: 10.1002/dneu.22247. PMC4437895 [PDF]

Hobson, E.A., D.J. John, T.L. McIntosh, M.L. Avery, T.F. Wright. 2015. The effect of social context and social scale on the perception of relationships in monk parakeets. Current Zoology. 61:55-69. [PDF]


Hobson, E.A., M.L. Avery, & T.F. Wright. 2014. The socioecology of monk parakeets and implications for the study of social complexity. Auk. 131:756–775 DOI: 10.1642/AUK-14-14.1 [PDF]

Dahlin, C.R., A.M. Young, B. Cordier , R. Mundry & T.F. Wright. 2014. A test of multiple hypotheses for the function of call sharing in female budgerigars, Melopsittacus undulatus. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 68:145-161. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-013-1631-5. [PDF]

Coffman, J.M., B.T. Bestelmeyer, J.F. Kelley, T.F. Wright & R.L. Schooley. 2014. Restoration practices have positive effects on breeding bird species of concern in the Chihuahuan Desert. Restoration Ecology. doi: 10.1111/rec.12081 [PDF]


Araya-Salas, M., & T.F. Wright. 2013. Open-ended song learning in a hummingbird. Biology Letters. 9:20130625. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0625 [PDF]

Schodde, R., J.V. Remsen Jr., E.E. Schirtzinger, L. Joseph & T.F. Wright. 2013. Higher classification of New World parrots (Psittaciformes; Arinae), with diagnoses of tribes. Zootaxa 3691: 591–596. [PDF]

Remsen Jr., J.V., E.E. Schirtzinger, A. Ferraroni, L.F. Silveira & T.F. Wright. 2013. DNA-sequence data require revision of the parrot genus Aratinga (Aves: Psittacidae). Zootaxa. 3641: 296-300. [PDF]

Salinas-Melgoza, A. & T.F. Wright. 2013. Behavioral plasticity in the yellow-naped amazon (Amazona auropalliata) in response to human-induced environmental heterogeneity. Biological Conservation.159:303-312. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.12.013 [PDF]

Hobson, E.A., M. L. Avery, & T.F. Wright. 2013. An analytical framework for quantifying and testing patterns of temporal dynamics in social networks. Animal Behaviour. 85:83-96 DOI:10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.10.010 [PDF]

Salinas-Melgoza, A. & T.F.Wright. 2012. Vocal learning and limited dispersal as dual mechanisms for dialect maintenance in a parrot. PLOS One. 7(11): e48667. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0048667 [PDF]

Wenner, T.J., Russello, M.R, & T.F. Wright. in press. Cryptic species in a Neotropical parrot: genetic variation within the Amazona farinosa species complex and its conservation implications. Conservation Genetics. 13:1427-1432. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-012-0364-8 [PDF]

Kirchman, J.J., E.E. Schirzinger, & T.F. Wright. in press. Phylogenetic relationships of the extinct Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) inferred from ancient DNA sequence data. Auk. 129:197-204 Rapid Communication and on the cover of April, 2012 issue. [PDF]

Schirtzinger, E.E., E.S. Tavares, L.A. Gonzales, J.R. Eberhard, C.Y. Miyaki, J.J. Sanchez, A.J. Hernandez, H. Müeller, G.R. Graves, R.C. Fleischer, & T.F. Wright. in press. Multiple independent origins of mitochondrial control region duplications in the Order Psittaciformes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 64: 342-356.   [PDF]

Pease, S.M., A. Salinas-Melgoza, P. Escalante, K. Renton & T.F. Wright. in press. Offspring sex ratios in the lilac-crowned parrot (Amazona finschi). Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 124:393-396. doi: [PDF]

Dahlin, C.R. & T.F. Wright. 2012. Function of syntax in the duets of a parrot, Amazona auropalliata: evidence from playback experiments. Animal Cognition. 15:647-656.
DOI: 10.1007/s10071-012-0493-y [PDF]

Young, A.M., E.A. Hobson, L.B. Lackey & T.F. Wright. 2012. Survival on the ark: lifespan records for captive parrots. Animal Conservation. Epub ahead of print DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2011.00477.x. [PDF]

Joseph, L., A. Toon, E. Schirtzinger, T.F. Wright, & R. Schodde. 2012. A revised nomenclature and classification for family-group taxa of parrots (Psittaciformes). Zootaxa 3205:26-40. [PDF]

Dahlin, C.R. & T.F. Wright. 2011. Duet function in the yellow-naped amazon, Amazona auropalliata: evidence from playbacks of duets and solos. Ethology. 118:95-105. [PDF]

Joseph L., A. Toon, E.S. Schirtzinger & T.F. Wright. 2011. Molecular systematics of two enigmatic genera Psittacella and Pezoporus illuminate the ecological radiation of Australo-Papuan parrots (Aves: Psittaciformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 59:675-684 [PDF]

Wright*, T.F.
, J.R. Eberhard*, E.A. Hobson, M.L. Avery & M.R. Russello. 2010.
Behavioral flexibility and species invasions: the adaptive flexibility hypothesis. Ethology Ecology & Evolution. 22:393-404.  PDF    *both authors contributed equally to this work

da Silva Goncalves, A., J.R. Eberhard, T.F. Wright, M.L. Avery & M.A. Russello. 2010. Genetic evidence for high propagule pressure and long distance dispersal in monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) invasive populations. Molecular Ecology. 19:3336-3350. PDF

Dahlin, C.R. & T.F. Wright. 2009. Duets in yellow-naped amazons: variation in syntax, note composition and phonology at different levels of social organization. Ethology.115:857-871. PDF

Guerra, J. E., J. Cruz-Nieto, S.G. Ortiz-Maciel & T.F. Wright. 2008. Geographic variation in the contact calls of the thick-billed parrot. Condor. 110:639-647. PDF

Wright, T.F., E.E. Schirtzinger, T. Matsumoto, J.R. Eberhard, G.R. Graves, J.J. Sanchez, S. Capelli, H. Müller, J. Scharpegge, G.K. Chambers and R.C. Fleischer. 2008. A multi-locus molecular phylogeny of the parrots (Psittaciformes): Support for a Gondwanan origin during the Cretaceous. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 25:2141-2156. PDF
Supplemental Material

Wright, T.F., C.R. Dahlin, A. Salinas-Melgoza. 2008. Stability and change in vocal dialects of the yellow-naped amazon. Animal Behaviour. 76:1017-1027. PDF

Russello, M.A., M.L. Avery, & T.F. Wright. 2008. Genetic evidence links invasive monk parakeet populations in the United States to the international pet trade. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 8:217.PDF

Wright, T.F.  & C.R. Dahlin. 2007. Pair duets in the yellow-naped amazon (Amazona auropalliata): phonology and syntax. Behaviour. 144:207-228. PDF

Kongrit, C.C. Siripunkaw, W.Y. Brockelman, V. Akkarapatumwong, T.F. Wright, L.S. Eggert. 2007. Isolation and characterization of dinucleotide microsatellite loci in the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). Molecular Ecology Notes. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01916.x PDF

Wright, T.F., A.M. Rodriguez & R.C. Fleischer. 2005. Vocal dialects, sex-biased dispersal and microsatellite population structure in the parrot Amazona auropalliata. Molecular Ecology. 14:1197-1205. PDF

Wright, T.F., E. F. Brittan-Powell, R. J. Dooling, & P. C. Mundinger. 2004. Sex-linkage of hearing and song in the Belgian Waterslager canary. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B  (Suppl. Biology Letters) 271:S409-S412. PDF

Wright, T.F., Johns, P.M., Lerner, A.P., Walters J.R., & G.S. Wilkinson. 2004. Microsatellite variation among divergent populations of stalk-eyed flies, genus Cyrtodiopsis. Genetical Research 84: 27-40. PDF

Lohr, B., T.F. Wright, & R. J. Dooling. 2003. Detection and discrimination of natural calls in masking noise by birds: estimating the active space of a signal.
Animal Behaviour.
65:763-777. PDF

Wright, T.F., K.A. Cortopassi, J.W. Bradbury & R. J. Dooling.  2003. Hearing and vocalizations in the orange-fronted conure, Aratinga canicularis. Journal of Comparative Psychology.117:87-95. PDF

South, J. & T.F. Wright. 2002. Nestling sex ratios in the yellow-naped amazon: no evidence for adaptive modification. Condor. 104:437-440. PDF

Wright, T.F. & G.S. Wilkinson. 2001. Population genetic structure and vocal dialects in an amazon parrot. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 268:609-616. PDF

Wright, T.F. & M. Dorin. 2001. Pair duets in the yellow-naped amazon (Amazona auropalliata): responses to playbacks of different dialects. Ethology 107:111-124. PDF

Wright, T.F., C.A. Toft , E. Enkerlin-Hoeflich, J. Gonzalez-Elizondo, M. Albornoz, A. Rodríguez-Ferraro, F. Rojas-Suárez, V. Sanz, A. Trujillo, S.R. Beissinger, V. Berovides A., X. Gálvez A., A.T. Brice, K. Joyner, J.R. Eberhard, J. Gilardi, S.E. Koenig, S. Stoleson, P. Martuscelli, J.M. Meyers, K. Renton, A. M. Rodríguez, A C. Sosa-Asanza, F.J. Vilella, & J.W. Wiley. 2001.  Nest poaching in Neotropical parrots. Conservation Biology. 15:710-720. PDF

Eberhard*, J. R., T.F. Wright* & E. Bermingham. 2001. Duplication and concerted evolution of the mitochondrial control region in the parrot genus Amazona. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 18:1330-1342. PDF *co-first authors

Wright, T.F.  1996.  Regional dialects in the contact call of a parrot.  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 263:867-872. PDF

Upton, S.J., T.A. Langen, & T.F. Wright. 1995. A new species of Isospora Schneider, 1881 (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from the white-throated magpie jay, Calocitta formosa (Passeriformes: Corvidae) from Costa Rica.  Systematic Parasitology  31:195-199.

Upton, S.J., & T.F. Wright. 1994. A new species of Eimeria (Apicomplexa) from the orange-fronted conure, Aratinga canicularis (Psittaciformes), in Costa Rica.  Acta Protozoologica  33:117-119. PDF

Book Chapters and Book Reviews

Graham, J.E., T.F. Wright, J. Ruediger & R.J. Dooling. 2006. Sensory capacities of parrots. pp. 33-41 in Manual of Parrot Behavior (ed. A. Luescher). Blackwell Publishing: Ames, IA. PDF

Wright, T.F. 2006. Review of The Evolution of Animal Communication: Reliability and Deception in Signaling Systems by W.A. Searcy and S. Nowicki. Condor 108:989-990.

Wright, T.F.  2006. Review of The Carolina Parakeet: Glimpses of a Vanished Species by N.R.F.Snyder. Auk123:291-292.

Popular Articles

Wright, T.F. & M.A. Russello. 2014. What’s in a name? Taxonomy and parrot conservation. Psittascene. June 4-8. [PDF]

Wright, T.F.. 2014. Something old, something new. An In Focus piece on a paper by Greig and Webster Animal Behaviour 88:iii-iv. [link]

Wright, T.F. 2013. All stressed out. An In Focus piece on a paper by Schmidt et al. Animal Behavior. PDF Also available online (click here)

Araya-Salas, M. 2012. Is bird-song music? Significance Magazine. 9: 4-7.[PDF]

Wright & Schirtzinger 2009. All in the family: the parrot family tree. Psittascene.May:8-11. PDF

Salinas, A. 2009. Amazon voices: linking science and conservation in northern Costa Rica. Psittascene. May:6-7. PDF

Dahlin, C.R. 2007. Beyond the science: parrot conservation through education in Costa Rica. Psittascene. 19:6-7. PDF

Wright T.F. & C.A. Toft 2001 Nest poaching and the plight of Neotropical parrots. Psittascene. 13:6.