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Adam C. Behney
Adam C. Behney

Avian Researcher

​​​​Adam Behney Avian Researcher

Contact Info​


Ph.D., Zoology — Southern Illinois University, 2014

M.S., Wildlife Science — Texas Tech University, 2009 

B.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Science — The Pennsylvania State University, 2006

Current or Recent Positions

Avian Researcher — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2015 – present  

Current or Recent Research Projects

Areas of Interest, Expertise

Avian population and behavioral responses to habitat conditions. Evaluating effectiveness of habitat treatments for birds.


Behney, A. C. 2021. High-intensity short-duration grazing during spring is not an effective habitat management tool for Northern Bobwhites in Colorado. Ornithological Applications 123:1-17.  

Behney, A. C. 2020. Benefits of playa buffers as bird habitat. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 132:749-754.  

Behney, A. C. 2020. Rapid assessment of habitat quality for nonbreeding ducks in Northeast Colorado. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 11:507-517.

Behney, A. C. 2020. Ignoring uncertainty in predictor variables leads to false confidence in results: a case study of duck habitat use. Ecosphere 11:e03273. 

Behney, A. C., J. M. Wolske, T. M. Cucinotta, and C. Tappe. 2020. Factors influencing trapping success of northern bobwhites. Wildlife Society Bulletin 44:240-245.

Lindstrom, J. M., M. W. Eichholz, and A. C. Behney. 2020. Effect of habitat management on duck behavior and distribution during spring migration in Indiana. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 11:80-88.

Behney, A. C. 2020. The influence of water depth on energy availability for ducks. Journal of Wildlife Management 84:436-447.

Behney, A.C., R. O’Shaunessy, M.W. Eichholz, and J.D. Stafford. 2014. Influence of item distribution pattern and abundance on efficiency of benthic core sampling. Wetlands 34:1109-1121. 

Behney, A.C., C.W. Boal, H.A. Whitlaw, and D.R. Lucia. 2012. Raptor community composition in the Texas Southern High Plains lesser prairie-chicken range. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36:291-296.

Behney, A.C., B.A. Grisham, C.W. Boal, H.A. Whitlaw, and D.A. Haukos. 2012. Sexual selection and mating chronology of lesser prairie-chickens. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:96-105.

Behney, A.C., C.W. Boal, H.A. Whitlaw, and D.R. Lucia. 2011. Interactions of raptors and lesser prairie-chickens at leks in the Texas Southern High Plains. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123:332-338.

Behney, A.C., C.W. Boal, H.A. Whitlaw, and D.R. Lucia. 2010. Prey use by Swainson’s Hawks in the lesser prairie-chicken range of the Southern High Plains of Texas. Journal of Raptor Research 44:317-322.

​Grisham, B.A., A.C. Behney, P.K. Borsdorf, D.R. Lucis, J.C. Zavaleta, D.A. Haukos, and C.W. Boal. 2015. Population conservation and management of lesser prairie-chickens in sand shinnery oak grasslands. In D.A. Haukos and C.W. Boal, editors. Ecology and conservation of lesser prairie-chickens.​