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

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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.
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.

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 is meticulous reviewing, heavily bolstered with the fruits of Birkhead's own scientific 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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