Understanding Bird Behavior

Richly illustrated, this book explores the increasing focus on how individual birds differ in personality and how big data and citizen scientists are helping to add to what we know about them.

Author: Wenfei Tong

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691206004

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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A vivid, in-depth look at why birds behave as they do Birds are intelligent, sociable creatures that exhibit a wide array of behaviors--from mobbing and mimicking to mating and joint nesting. Why do they behave as they do? Factoring in sound and flock interactions, as well as seasons and habitat, Understanding Bird Behavior decodes the remarkable actions of birds, using examples from species around the world. Richly illustrated, this book opens by showing us how birds find food, relying on foraging techniques, tools, and thievery. We learn about the courtship rituals through which birds choose, compete for, woo, and win mates; the familial conflicts that crop up among parents, offspring, and siblings; and the stresses and strains of nesting, including territory defense, nepotism, and relationship sabotage. We discover how birds respond to threats and danger--through such unique practices as murmurations, specific alarm calls, distraction displays, and antipredator nest design. We also read about how birds adapt certain habits--preening, migration, breeding, and huddling--based on climate and climate change. Investigating avian tactics both familiar and unusual, Understanding Bird Behavior offers a fascinating, close-up look at the many ways birds conduct themselves in the wild. A comprehensive overview of bird behavior 150 detailed color illustrations and photographs An in-depth look at food gathering, courtship and mating, family organization, danger avoidance tactics, and climate-driven behavior A list for further reading is provided

Understanding Bird Behaviour

An information-packed introduction to bird behavior, suitable for both the novice birdwatcher and the experienced birder who wants to know more.

Author: Stephen Moss

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472912060

Category: Nature

Page: 160

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An information-packed introduction to bird behavior, suitable for both the novice birdwatcher and the experienced birder who wants to know more.

The Complexity of Bird Behaviour

This book presents the facet theoretical framework as a tool for facilitating the conception of complex animal behaviour research and the design of research procedures through employing mapping sentences.

Author: Paul M. W. Hackett

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030121921

Category: Science

Page: 203

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This book presents the facet theoretical framework as a tool for facilitating the conception of complex animal behaviour research and the design of research procedures through employing mapping sentences. Using the facet theoretical framework, this book takes a holistic view of bird behaviour. Components of bird behavior are identified and then reassembled to facilitate an understanding of the behaviour in the context of its natural occurrence. This provides new insight on both the parts of the behaviour and how these interact as a whole. The multi-faceted approach to designing, evaluating and understanding bird behavior presented offers a template that is adaptable for investigating a wide variety of avian species and different forms of behaviour. Behavioural biologists, animal and comparative psychologists, other natural and behavioural scientists, as well as students of these disciplines will find this book to be an interesting and enlightening read.

Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior

This book makes it possible to move beyond identifying birds to understanding some of the underpinning and meaning to what birds do, how they do it, and why they do it.

Author: John Kricher

Publisher: Peterson Reference Guides

ISBN: 9781328787361

Category: Birds

Page: 360

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A fascinating look at what birds do and why they do it Both casual and serious birdwatchers can take their skills to the next level with this detailed consideration of bird behavior. This book makes it possible to move beyond identifying birds to understanding some of the underpinning and meaning to what birds do, how they do it, and why they do it. Written in an easy-to-understand style, with an abundance of photos illustrating the behaviors, the book shows how flight, molt, migration, feeding, predation, social behavior, courtship, and nesting shape birds' behaviors. Birds are everywhere, and easy to observe; this introduction to elements of bird behavior will connect readers more intimately with these remarkable and beguilingly perceptive animals.

The Complete Garden Bird Book

Stunningly illustrated and simple to use, The Complete Garden Bird Book will ensure that you get the maximum pleasure from your garden whatever its size or location

Author: Mark Golley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Natural History

ISBN: 1472937643

Category: Nature

Page: 176

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One of the greatest pleasures of having a garden is being able to find and identify the great number of different bird species which may feed, bathe, and nest there, or simply fly over, particularly during migration. This bestseller combines full identification and behavioral features of over seventy common garden bird species, with detailed information on attracting birds to your garden. The clear illustrations and text are presented in an easy-to-use format and provide practical bird identification information to the novice birdwatcher. A concise introduction covers ideal garden habitats, binoculars, bird behavior, and feeding birds. Stunningly illustrated and simple to use, The Complete Garden Bird Book will ensure that you get the maximum pleasure from your garden whatever its size or location

The Complexity of Bird Behaviour

This book presents the facet theoretical framework as a tool for facilitating the conception of complex animal behaviour research and the design of research procedures through employing mapping sentences.

Author: Paul Hackett

Publisher:

ISBN: 3030121933

Category: Birds

Page: 203

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This book presents the facet theoretical framework as a tool for facilitating the conception of complex animal behaviour research and the design of research procedures through employing mapping sentences. Using the facet theoretical framework, this book takes a holistic view of bird behaviour. Components of bird behavior are identified and then reassembled to facilitate an understanding of the behaviour in the context of its natural occurrence. This provides new insight on both the parts of the behaviour and how these interact as a whole. The multi-faceted approach to designing, evaluating and understanding bird behavior presented offers a template that is adaptable for investigating a wide variety of avian species and different forms of behaviour. Behavioural biologists, animal and comparative psychologists, other natural and behavioural scientists, as well as students of these disciplines will find this book to be an interesting and enlightening read.

Bird Behavior

A leading British bird expert's detailed survey of bird behavior in the wild is enhanced by nearly seven hundred full-color photographs, nearly all specially commissioned, of key aspects of bird behavior

Author: Robert Burton

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: UCSD:31822001597350

Category: Science

Page: 224

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A leading British bird expert's detailed survey of bird behavior in the wild is enhanced by nearly seven hundred full-color photographs, nearly all specially commissioned, of key aspects of bird behavior

Down Dirty Birding

A humorous guide to birding covers how to watch birds without leaving home, collecting the proper equipment, identifying birds, and understanding bird behavior

Author: Joey Slinger

Publisher: Touchstone Books

ISBN: UOM:49015002559103

Category: Humor

Page: 239

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A humorous guide to birding covers how to watch birds without leaving home, collecting the proper equipment, identifying birds, and understanding bird behavior

What the Robin Knows

With "What the Robin Knows," he opens a door to a universe that overlaps modern life, a world lost to most, but found by some--because of teachers like Jon. This elegant book will deepen the kinship between humans and other species.

Author: Jon Young

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547451251

Category: Nature

Page: 241

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Shares strategies for expanding one's awareness of bird communication and maintaining a non-threatening presence in natural environments, explaining the sounds and behaviors that reflect various bird warnings, feelings and messages. 35,000 first printing.

The Bird Way

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, a radical investigation into the bird way of being, and the recent scientific research that is dramatically shifting our understanding of birds -- how they live and how they ...

Author: Jennifer Ackerman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780735223028

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, a radical investigation into the bird way of being, and the recent scientific research that is dramatically shifting our understanding of birds -- how they live and how they think. “There is the mammal way and there is the bird way.” But the bird way is much more than a unique pattern of brain wiring, and lately, scientists have taken a new look at bird behaviors they have, for years, dismissed as anomalies or mysteries –– What they are finding is upending the traditional view of how birds conduct their lives, how they communicate, forage, court, breed, survive. They are also revealing the remarkable intelligence underlying these activities, abilities we once considered uniquely our own: deception, manipulation, cheating, kidnapping, infanticide, but also ingenious communication between species, cooperation, collaboration, altruism, culture, and play. Some of these extraordinary behaviors are biological conundrums that seem to push the edges of, well, birdness: a mother bird that kills her own infant sons, and another that selflessly tends to the young of other birds as if they were her own; a bird that collaborates in an extraordinary way with one species—ours—but parasitizes another in gruesome fashion; birds that give gifts and birds that steal; birds that dance or drum, that paint their creations or paint themselves; birds that build walls of sound to keep out intruders and birds that summon playmates with a special call—and may hold the secret to our own penchant for playfulness and the evolution of laughter. Drawing on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, from the tropical rainforests of eastern Australia and the remote woodlands of northern Japan, to the rolling hills of lower Austria and the islands of Alaska’s Kachemak Bay, Jennifer Ackerman shows there is clearly no single bird way of being. In every respect, in plumage, form, song, flight, lifestyle, niche, and behavior, birds vary. It is what we love about them. As E.O Wilson once said, when you have seen one bird, you have not seen them all.