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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Birds

Labrador Duck
Labrador Duck
Christina Gebhard © Smithsonian Institution
bar Image of Chris Milensky, Museum Specialist
    Christopher M. Milensky
    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

  • Shipping Address:
    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

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

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.

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

Beehler, Bruce M., Diamond, Jared M., Kemp, Neville, Scholes III, Edwin, Milensky, Christopher M. and Laman, Timothy G. 2012. Avifauna of the Foja Mountains of western New Guinea. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 132(2): 84-101.

Schindel, David E., Stoeckle, Mark, Milensky, Chris, Trizna, Michael, Schmidt, Brian K., Gebhard, Christina and Graves, Gary R. 2011. Project Description: DNA Barcodes of Bird Species in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA. Zookeys, 152: 87-91. doi:10.3897/zookeys.152.2473

Complete List of Milensky's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

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