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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 and Conservation Chair, 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, raptor-mammal cleaning symbioses, parasitology, cooperative hunting, cooperative breeding, variation in keel/sternum morphology, variation in baseline corticosterone levels, and conservation biology.

Species of Interest: 
  • Elanoides forficatus
  • Parabuteo unicinctus
  • Spizaetus ornatus
  • Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Milvago chimachima


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.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., 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. 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. 1995. Group hunting by Harris' Hawks in Texas. Journal of Raptor Research 29:265-267.

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.

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.

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

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