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    Christopher M. Milensky
    Supervisory Museum Specialist

  • Phone: (202) 633-0794
  • Fax: (202) 633-8084
  • E-mail: milenskyc[at]

  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    Division of Birds
    PO Box 37012, MRC 116
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    Smithsonian Institution
    Division of Birds
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0116


B.S. New Mexico State University (1994), Wildlife Science

Research Interests

Responsible for collection management activities, including specimen preparation, cataloging, curation, loans, information requests, and assisting visitors. Interests are in field work, specimen preparation, bird song recording and archiving, and South American birds.

Recent Publications

Renner, Swen C., Rappole, John H., Kyaw, Myint, Milensky, Christopher M. and Packert, Martin 2018. Genetic confirmation of the species status of Jabouilleia naungmungensis. Journal of Ornithology, 159(1): 63-71. doi:10.1007/s10336-017-1493-0

Dove, Carla J., Milensky, C., Llactahuaman, S. and Thrasher, B. H. 2017. Two Harpy Eagles Harpia harpyja at high elevation in Peru. Cotinga, 40: 98-100.

Glowska, Eliza, Laniecka, Izabella and Milensky, Christopher M. 2015. Two new picobiin mite species (Acari: Cheyletoidea: Syringophilidae) parasitizing passerine birds in Guyana. Acta Parasitologica, 60(3) doi:10.1515/ap-2015-0069

Glowska, Eliza and Milensky, Christopher M. 2014. New species of the genus Picobia (Cheyletoidea: Syringophilidae) parasitizing tyrannid birds (Passeriformes: Tyrannidae). Zootaxa, 3821(3) doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3821.3.6

Milensky, Christopher M., Austin, Claudia J., Epler, John H., Gebhard, Christina A. and Graves, Gary R. 2014. Chironomid Midge Hatch Leads to Mass Mortality Event for Chimney Swifts (Chaetura Pelagica). Banisteria, 43: 99-101.

Complete List of Milensky's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

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