Magpies: The Ecology and Behavior of Black-Billed and Yellow-Billed Magpies

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David Quinn London 1991 Hard Cover 1st Edition Very Good/Very Good 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall 0856610674 The top corner of the front board has been bumped. The author has studied ... both species of magpie in Europe and the United States, and provides, in this text, an account of their ecology and behaviour. He covers all aspects of their lives-from marital relationships, food hoarding behaviour, longevity and survival, to nesting behaviour, breeding success, and their controversial relationship with man. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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1991 Hard cover Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Sewn ... binding. Paper over boards. 270 p. Poyser Popular Bird Books. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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1991 Hardcover Used: Like New This monograph deals with the Black-billed Magpie, which occurs throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere and is the species familiar to most ... Europeans, and the Yellow-billed Magpie, which is confined to California. The author compares both species, and also the many different races, and reveals that through their remarkably flexible social behavior magpies are able to exploit a diversity of habitats, from desert to farmland. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Introduction: magpies.
Nest spacing and Territorial behaviour.
Social behaviour: breeding birds.
Social behaviour: non-breeding birds.
Feeding and food hoarding.
Magpie populations.
The breeding cycle: nests, eggs and incubation.
The breeding cycle: chicks and their care.
The breeding cycle: breeding success.
Factors affecting success: bird and territory quality.
Magpies and man.
Comparisons and conclusions.
Appendices:
Geographical variation in magpies.
Morphological characteristics of male and female Black-billed Magpies.
Body weight of male and female magpies in various locations.
Differences in body weight and size between adult and first-year Black-billed Magpies.
Mean weight of 14-day-old magpie chicks in the Sheffield study.
Differences in numbers of Black-billed Magpie chicks hatched and fledged in the Sheffield study.
Breeding success of Black-billed Magpies in the Sheffield study.
Breeding success for first and repeat breeding attempts within a season, for magpies in the Sheffield study.
List of Latin names.
References.
Index.

The last decade or so has seen a number of field studies, in Europe and the States, into the intricacies of the magpie way of life. The author has studied both species of magpie in Europe and the United States, and provides, in this text, an account of their ecology and behaviour. He covers all aspects of their lives - from marital relationships, food hoarding behaviour, longevity and survival, to nesting behaviour, breeding success, and their controversial relationship with man.
"Here is as fine a guide to understanding the behaviour of a wild bird as I can recall reading and from it the general birdwatcher will gain real insight into what local magpies are up to, especially in the breeding season...here is meticulous reviewing, heavily bolstered with the fruits of Birkhead's own scientific endeavours...you must read this book."
--Jim Reid, Scottish Bird News

Illustrated by David Quinn

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856610677
  • Publisher: Poyser, T. & A. D. Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Series: Poyser Popular Bird Books Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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