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Jennifer O. Coulson

Jennifer O. Coulson


I am conducting a long-term, population ecology study on Swallow-tailed Kites nesting in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 2006. M.S., Biological Sciences, 1992; B.A., Biological Sciences, 1985; University of New Orleans, LA.

Raptor Propagator, Master Falconer

Director-At-Large, Raptor Research Foundation

President, Orleans Audubon Society
Link www.jjaudubon.net

Orleans Audubon Society
64340 Fogg Lane  
Pearl River,  LA  70452  United States
Phone: (985) 863-8516 Fax: (985) 863-8516
Email: jcoulson@tulane.com

   Research Interests

Population ecology and demography, urbanization, intraguild predation, conservation biology, raptor-mammal cleaning symbioses, parasitology, cooperative hunting, cooperative breeding, migration ecology, hybridization, variation in keel/sternum morphology and variation in baseline corticosterone levels.

Species of Interest: 
  • Buteogallus anthracinus
  • Buteo lineatus
  • Elanoides forficatus
  • Parabuteo unicinctus
  • Spizaetus ornatus
  • Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Milvago chimachima


Moore, S. and J. O. Coulson. 2020. Intergeneric hybridization of a vagrant Common Black Hawk and a Red-Shouldered Hawk. Journal of Raptor Research 54(1):74-80. pdf

Coulson, J.O., E, Rondeau and M. Caravaca. 2018. Yellow-headed Caracara and Black Vulture cleaning Baird's tapir. Journal of Raptor Research 52:104-107. pdf

Coulson, J.O. and T.D. Coulson. 2013. Reexamining cooperative hunting in Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus): large prey or challenging habitats? Auk 130:548–552. pdf

Coulson, J. and T. Coulson. 2012. Natural history of Harris's Hawk. Pages 11-64 in The Harris's Hawk Revolution, Parabuteo Publishing, Pearl River, Louisiana, USA.

Herbert, J.D., J.O. Coulson and T.D. Coulson. 2011. Quantification of tissue uric acid levels in a Harris’s Hawk with visceral gout. Avian Diseases 55:513–515.

Coulson, J.O., S.J. Taft, and T.D. Coulson. 2010. Gastrointestinal parasites of the Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus), including a report of lesions associated with the nematode Dipharynx sp. Journal of Raptor Research 44:208-214.

Coulson, J.O., T.D. Coulson, S.A. DeFrancesch, and T.W. Sherry. 2008. Predators of the Swallow-tailed Kite in southern Louisiana and Mississippi. Journal of Raptor Research 42:1-12.

Coulson, J.O. 2003. Harris's Hawk dies after colliding with motor vehicle. Journal of Raptor Research 37:350-351.

Coulson, J.O. 2002. Mississippi Kites use Swallow-tailed Kite nests. Journal of Raptor Research 36:155-156.

Coulson, J.O. 2001. Swallow-tailed Kites carry passerine nests containing nestlings to their own nests. Wilson Bulletin 113:340-342.

Coulson, J.O. and T.D. Coulson. 1998. Diets of Barn Owls in two Louisiana marshes. Journal of Louisiana Ornithology 4(1):3–9.

Coulson, J.O., and T.D. Coulson. 1995. Group hunting by Harris' Hawks in Texas. Journal of Raptor Research 29:265-267.

Seymour, M. A., J. O. Coulson. 2019. GoMAMN Strategic Bird Monitoring Guidelines: Raptors. Pages 97–128 in R. R. Wilson, A. M. V. Fournier, J. S. Gleason, J. E. Lyons, and M. S. Woodrey (Editors), Strategic Bird Monitoring Guidelines for the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Research Bulletin 1228, Mississippi State University. 324 pp.

Zuluaga, S., Salom, A., Vargas, F.H., Coulson, J.O., Kohn, S., Grande, J.G. (2020) Acknowledging Andean Condor predation on livestock, a first step in addressing the human-condor conflict: A commentary to Estrada Pacheco et al. (2020). Biological Conservation https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108618.

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