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Ask Kenn: Is There a Difference Between Bird Songs and Calls?
June 23, 2022 — Also this month: Why good bird habitat isn't always the same as good birding habitat.
Ask Kenn: Are American Robins Really a Sign of Spring?
March 28, 2022 — Long considered a harbinger of warmer weather, the robin's seasonal movements are surprisingly complex, writes bird expert Kenn Kaufman.
Ask Kenn: What is the Most Widespread Bird in the World?
December 22, 2021 — Seems simple, doesn’t it? Think again.
Ask Kenn: What’s Up With Bird Color Morphs and Phases?
November 24, 2021 — In some species, many adults wear different color patterns from others. Kenn Kaufman explains the phenomenon, and the lingo to describe it.
Ask Kenn: Do Migrating Birds Take the Same Routes in Spring and Fall?
September 30, 2021 — In this month's column, bird expert Kenn Kaufman explains the phenomenon of "loop migration."
Ask Kenn: Why Have Roseate Spoonbills Invaded the North This Summer?
August 31, 2021 — Also this month: Is fall really the hardest season for identifying birds? Kenn Kaufman doesn't think so.
Ask Kenn: Egret, Ibis, Flamingo, Heron, Stork—What's the Difference?
July 30, 2021 — Wading birds may appear similar, but looks can often be deceiving, explains Kenn Kaufman in this month's Ask Kenn!
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Why Do Some Birds Have Such Extreme Mating Rituals?
June 30, 2021 — While certain avian pairs dance to reaffirm their bonds, it's the bird world's bachelors that perform almost unbelievably ornate displays.
Ask Kenn: What Exactly Is a Warbler?
May 28, 2021 — Species bearing the name warbler are found around the world, but how they're classified can be complicated, explains bird expert Kenn Kaufman.
Illustration: Joe Ciardiello
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Are Yellow Northern Cardinals Becoming More Common?
April 28, 2021 — Also answered in this month's column: Why are some birds such better mimics than others?