The Behavior of Texas Birds (Corrie Herring Hooks Series #53)

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Whether it's the sudden, plunging dives of Brown Pelicans, the singing and aerial displays of Northern Mockingbirds, or the communal nesting of Purple Martins, innate and learned behaviors are some of the most fascinating things to observe in Texas birds. Even casual birdwatchers eventually ask, "why do they do that?" while serious birders and ornithologists seek to understand all the behaviors involved in feeding, flying, mating, and rearing young. But until now, it has been ...
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Overview

Whether it's the sudden, plunging dives of Brown Pelicans, the singing and aerial displays of Northern Mockingbirds, or the communal nesting of Purple Martins, innate and learned behaviors are some of the most fascinating things to observe in Texas birds. Even casual birdwatchers eventually ask, "why do they do that?" while serious birders and ornithologists seek to understand all the behaviors involved in feeding, flying, mating, and rearing young. But until now, it has been hard to find this information in one handy source.

In this comprehensive, yet easy-to-use book, Kent Rylander distills data from many sources to provide an authoritative guide to the behavior of Texas birds. He begins by explaining the principles of animal behavior and illustrating how they can be applied to interpreting bird behaviors in the field. The majority of the book is devoted to accounts of more than 400 species of birds that are most likely to be encountered by Texas birdwatchers. Each account describes such behaviors as feeding, courtship, parenting, and other behaviors that are significant for that species. References to interesting and important articles from scientific journals are incorporated in the species accounts where appropriate, and line drawings illustrate some of the behaviors described.

Kent Rylander is Professor of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780292771192
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Corrie Herring Hooks Series, #53
  • Pages: 431
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Abbreviations 16
Loons: Order Gaviiformes 19
Grebes: Order Podicipediformes 20
Tube-nosed Swimmers: Order Procellariiformes 24
Totipalmate Birds: Order Pelecaniformes 25
Herons, Ibises, Storks, American Vultures, and Allies: Order Ciconiiformes 34
Screamers, Swans Geese, and Ducks: Order Anseriformes 55
Diurnal Birds of Prey: Order Falconiformes 87
Gallinaceous Birds: Order Galliformes 114
Rails, Cranes, and Allies: Order Gruiformes 125
Shorebirds, Gulls, Auks, and Allies: Order Charadriiformes 134
Pigeons and Doves: Order Columbiformes 172
Parakeets and Parrots: Order Psittaciformes 182
Cuckoos and Allies: Order Cuculiformes 183
Owls: Order Strigiformes 187
Goatsuckers and Allies: Order Caprimulgiformes 197
Swifts and Hummingbirds: Order Apodiformes 203
Kingfishers and Allies: Order Coraciiformes 212
Woodpeckers and Allies: Order Piciformes 215
Passerine Birds: Order Passeriformes 226
App Species Not Treated 377
References 383
Index 419
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