The Lives Of Birds : Birds Of The World And Their Behavior
Baker & Taylor
Prepared in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History, an ornithological study describes hundreds of bird species from around the world, chronicles the stages of their lives, and examines their relations to humans. 30,000 first printing.
The first in a new series on animal behavior to be prepared in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History (where Short is curator of birds). It is wide-ranging and directed to beginners, even youngsters, as the writing tends to over-explicitly discuss some elementary concepts. Illustrated with drawings and some color photos. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Blackwell North Amer
Since the beginning of history, humans have been intrigued by the stunning variety and inventiveness of bird behavior. Why do some oceanic seabirds serve their chicks no more than two or three meals a week, while the Pied Fly-Catcher must feed its young thirty-three times an hour? How did the Woodpecker Finch learn to use a cactus spine to dig out its food from the bark of trees? Why does the Jackdaw, normally a tame bird, furiously attack anything or anyone dangling a black object? Is the impressive vocabulary of the African Gray Parrot merely an act of mimicry, or can it truly learn word association?
This first book in a series on animal behavior, prepared in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History, is a lively, highly accessible, generously illustrated volume that will evoke a sense of wonder at what birds do. Based on research from one of the premier scientific institutions of the world, The Lives of Birds features awe-inspiring descriptions of the behavior of hundreds of bird species from around the globe. Beginning with their entry into the world by hatching, the book follows the lives of birds through every stage, including feeding, nesting, and learning to fly; how and why they sing; their quest for territory, migration, courtship, and mating; and other fascinating behaviors. More important, it discusses the delicate ecological connection between birds and humans, and why our understanding of their behavior is crucial to our future and survival.
Describes hundreds of bird species from around the world, chronicles their lives, and examines their relations to humans
New York Henry Holt 1993
256p. : ill