Pinyon Jay: Behavioural Ecology of a Colonial and Cooperative Corvid

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A flock of Pinyon Jays arrive in a flash of blue, and leave again just as suddenly. This once mysterious bird is now the subject of over 20 years of intensive research involving over one thousand color-marked jays by Russell Balda, John Marzluff and their colleagues and helpers. This plain blue bird has turned out to be anything but plain in its biology and behavior. Uniquely dependent on the seeds of the Pinyon Pine for food, they have developed a number of behavioral and morphological adaptations to best ...
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A flock of Pinyon Jays arrive in a flash of blue, and leave again just as suddenly. This once mysterious bird is now the subject of over 20 years of intensive research involving over one thousand color-marked jays by Russell Balda, John Marzluff and their colleagues and helpers. This plain blue bird has turned out to be anything but plain in its biology and behavior. Uniquely dependent on the seeds of the Pinyon Pine for food, they have developed a number of behavioral and morphological adaptations to best utilize this resource, above all caching enough seeds each fall to supply their needs throughout the winter and fuel their unusual habit of nesting in late winter. Fluctuations in pine seed supply, both by season and between years, poses special problems for these birds and has led to their extremely flexible and complex social system in which learning and memory play an unusually large part. They store pine seeds and retrieve them with uncanny accuracy; they form lifelong pair bonds and nest colonially, occasionally involving younger birds to help established pairs rear the young; and they use their large vocabulary to coordinate activities within one of the largest known avian societies. This intriguing story will fascinate both the enthusiastic amateur birder and the professional alike. Packed with information, it presents Pinyon Jay biology in a readable form and places them into the wider context of studies on bird ecology and evolution. Fine illustrations by Tony Angell, with additional pictures by Caroline Bauder complete this attractive addition to any birder's bookshelf.
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Table of Contents

List of Photographs
List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction
1 A Bird Addicted to Seeds 1
2 Birds of What Feather? 20
3 A Co-evolutionary Tale 26
4 Vocal Communication 41
5 Flock Composition 73
6 Dominance Relationships within the Flock 96
7 The Dating Game 121
8 When and Where to Nest 153
9 Parental Jays 188
10 Lifetime Reproductive Success 230
11 Travels and Tribulations of Young Jays 241
12 A Matter of Life and Death 257
13 Conclusions: Sociality in a Variable Environment 285
Appendix 1 Size and Spacing Characteristics of Pinyon Jay Colonies 294
Appendix 2 Average Annual Fecundity of Pinyon Jays 296
Appendix 3 Annual Variation in the Survival of Pinyon Jays 298
Appendix 4 Key-factor Analysis of Mortality in the Town Flock 300
Appendix 5 Family Trees of Pinyon Jays 301
Appendix 6 Common and Latin Names of Species 304
Bibliography 306
Index 314
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