Helpers at Birds' Nests: A Worldwide Survey of Cooperative Breeding and Related Behavior

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In Helpers at Birds' Nests, renowned naturalist and ornithologist Alexander Skutch provides vivid, detailed accounts of a remarkable aspect of bird behavior - the aid that one bird gives another who is neither its mate nor its dependent young and who may even belong to a different species. Skutch describes the cooperative behavior of more than fifty families of birds. Each family is introduced by a brief sketch of its distribution and outstanding features, followed by intimate, nontechnical accounts of the ...
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Overview

In Helpers at Birds' Nests, renowned naturalist and ornithologist Alexander Skutch provides vivid, detailed accounts of a remarkable aspect of bird behavior - the aid that one bird gives another who is neither its mate nor its dependent young and who may even belong to a different species. Skutch describes the cooperative behavior of more than fifty families of birds. Each family is introduced by a brief sketch of its distribution and outstanding features, followed by intimate, nontechnical accounts of the helpful behaviors that have been most carefully studied. Skutch considers the significance of helpful birds and discusses the theoretical aspects of cooperative breeding, its evolution, kin selection, altruism, and demography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877456742
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: 2 ED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 1999 Edition
Preface to the 1999 Edition
1 Introduction 1
2 Oceanic Birds 7
3 Precocial Birds 12
4 Diurnal Raptors 17
5 Rails, Coots, and Gallinules 21
6 Pigeons and Doves 26
7 Parrots 28
8 Cuckoos and Anis 31
9 Hoatzins 39
10 Swifts 43
11 Wood-hoopoes 46
12 Todies 51
13 Kingfishers 54
14 Bee-eaters 63
15 Hornbills 68
16 Puffbirds 73
17 Barbets 76
18 Toucans 79
19 Woodpeckers 83
20 Ovenbirds 92
21 American Flycatchers 96
22 Cotingas 100
23 New Zealand Wrens 103
24 Swallows 105
25 Crows and Jays 109
26 Mudnest Builders 130
27 Australian Butcher-birds and Bell-magpies 136
28 Titmice 138
29 Long-tailed Tits and Bushtits 142
30 Nuthatches 148
31 Treecreepers 151
32 Wrens 154
33 Gnatcatchers and Old World Warblers 160
34 Wren-warblers 163
35 Old World Flycatchers 170
36 Thrushes 173
37 Babblers and Allies 178
38 Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Catbirds 186
39 Accentors 189
40 Wood-swallows 191
41 Shrikes 195
42 Helmet-Shrikes 199
43 Starlings 201
44 Honeyeaters 206
45 White-eyes 211
46 Wood-warblers 213
47 Tanagers and Honeycreepers 216
48 New World Blackbirds and Orioles 222
49 Grosbeaks, Finches, and Sparrows 227
50 Weavers and Sparrows 234
51 The Significance of Interspecific Helping 245
52 Characteristics of Cooperative Breeders 252
53 Benefits and Evolution of Cooperative Breeding 260
Bibliography 271
Index 287
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