The Resource The private lives of birds : a scientist reveals the intricacies of avian social life, Bridget Stutchbury

The private lives of birds : a scientist reveals the intricacies of avian social life, Bridget Stutchbury

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The private lives of birds : a scientist reveals the intricacies of avian social life
Title
The private lives of birds
Title remainder
a scientist reveals the intricacies of avian social life
Statement of responsibility
Bridget Stutchbury
Title variation
Scientist reveals the intricacies of avian social life
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: Biologist Bridget Stutchbury takes readers along on her escapades as a bird detective, stalking subjects through the woods for hours, taking blood samples from nestlings for DNA analysis, and mounting miniature tracking devices on tiny backs. She captures several young white-and-brown male purple martins and paints them the darker color of mature males to see if the painted youngsters are more successful than their unaltered peers in wresting away nest sites from older males. They are! The Private Lives of Birds is a treasure trove of fascinating insights into bird behavior. But understanding the social lives of birds does much more than slake our curiosity. Aware that many birds will not occupy an area unless other birds are already there, biologists used mirrors and two-dimensional cutouts to lure Atlantic puffins to establish colonies off the coast of Maine, getting curious puffins to visit the site and linger long enough to encounter a live bird. As Stutchbury says, "Trying to save birds without understanding what makes them tick is a shot in the dark ... birds are highly social, and their social needs are at least as important as their physical needs."
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DLC
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1962-
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Stutchbury, Bridget Joan
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QL698.3
LC item number
.S784 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Birds
  • Birds
Label
The private lives of birds : a scientist reveals the intricacies of avian social life, Bridget Stutchbury
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Philandering flycatchers: why females cheat on their mates -- Monogamy in a tropical paradise: timing is everything -- Finicky females: what makes males look attractive -- Avian operas: mate choice by ear -- Til death do us part: why birds divorce -- Your turn or mine?: how birds parent -- Empty nest: finding a first home -- Fight or flight: territory defence and aggression -- Bird cities: why birds live in groups -- Frequent fliers: the demands of migration -- Epilogue: Can birds change with the times? -- Acknowledgments -- Sources -- Index
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
249 pages, [4]o. of plates
Isbn
9780802717467
Lccn
2010008416
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)462908102
  • (OCoLC)ocn462908102
Label
The private lives of birds : a scientist reveals the intricacies of avian social life, Bridget Stutchbury
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Philandering flycatchers: why females cheat on their mates -- Monogamy in a tropical paradise: timing is everything -- Finicky females: what makes males look attractive -- Avian operas: mate choice by ear -- Til death do us part: why birds divorce -- Your turn or mine?: how birds parent -- Empty nest: finding a first home -- Fight or flight: territory defence and aggression -- Bird cities: why birds live in groups -- Frequent fliers: the demands of migration -- Epilogue: Can birds change with the times? -- Acknowledgments -- Sources -- Index
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
249 pages, [4]o. of plates
Isbn
9780802717467
Lccn
2010008416
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)462908102
  • (OCoLC)ocn462908102

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