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The New York Times Book of Birds

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For more than twenty years, readers of The New York Times have turned to the Science Times section as one of the few national forums for high-quality science writing for the layman. Its features, written by award-winning journalists, deliver cutting-edge information and lucid analysis.

The New York Times Book of Birds brings together the best articles on bird behavior and biology from the Science Times, offering fascinating information on such diverse subjects as bird ...

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Overview

For more than twenty years, readers of The New York Times have turned to the Science Times section as one of the few national forums for high-quality science writing for the layman. Its features, written by award-winning journalists, deliver cutting-edge information and lucid analysis.

The New York Times Book of Birds brings together the best articles on bird behavior and biology from the Science Times, offering fascinating information on such diverse subjects as bird intelligence, evolution, migration, genetics, and conservation. From crows' astonishing tool-making abilities to siblicide among cattle egrets to the return of the peregrine falcon, this collection, updated with the latest findings, conveys the richness and scope of present-day ornithology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585742639
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: New York Times Book Series
  • Edition description: REVISED & EXPANDED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Evolution of Birds
Feathered Dinosaur or Flightless Bird: A New Find Stirs the Dust 5
Two Clues Supporting Idea That Birds Arose from Dinosaurs 12
Very Early Bird Had a Way to Catch Worms: In a Beak 16
Fossil "Terror Bird" Offers Clues to Evolution 20
2 Family Life of Birds
Biologists Tell a Tale of Interfering In-Laws 27
Mating for Life? It's Not for the Birds or the Bees 34
For Warblers, More Songs Lead to More Extramarital Flings 42
Egret Chicks in the Nest Are Natural Born Killers 45
Designing Birds Impress Their Mates with Fancy Decor 50
3 The Minds of Birds
Second Greatest Toolmaker? A Title Crows Can Crow About 59
To Remember Seed Caches, Bird Grows New Brain Cells 64
Brainy Parrots Dazzle Scientists, but Threat of Extinction Looms 70
Not Just Music, Bird Song Is a Means of Courtship and Defense 77
Gene May Help Birds Tune Out Sour Notes and Tune In Rivals 84
4 Bird Biology and Behavior
Thuggish Cuckoos Use Muscle to Run Egg Protection Racket 91
For Remote Bird Species, the Sex of Hatchlings Is No Surprise 96
Seeking Food, Some Sea Birds Rely on the Sense of Smell 100
Raptors Found to Track Prey's Ultraviolet Trail 103
Eggs on Feet and Far from Shelter, Male Penguins Do a Shuffle 105
Juvenile Penguins Go Beyond Safe Area 110
Why Birds and Bees, Too, Like Good Looks 112
Canary Chicks: Not All Created Equal 118
Rabbits Beware! Some Birds of Prey Hunt in Packs 124
Meek Bird's Survival Secret: Picking Protective Neighbors 130
The All-Common Crow Has Much in Common with Human Neighbors 132
5 Birds and Ecology
For Clues to Antarctica's Health, Ask a Penguin 139
More Than Decoration, Songbirds Are Essential to Forests' Health 144
Hornbills Are Lynchpins of Indonesian Rain Forest 148
Hummingbirds Bear Mixed Gift to Flowers in Tropical Forest 152
6 Migration
Migrating Birds Set Compasses By Sunlight and Stars 159
Aircraft to Play Mother Goose in Unusual Rescue Experiment 164
Tiny Transmitters Make It Possible to Track Peregrines Day by Day 168
Songbird Migrations Tracked with Nocturnal Eavesdropping 172
Bird-Watching Biologists See Evolution on the Wing 175
7 Protecting American Birds
Majestic Species' Fate May Ride on Wings of Six Freed Condors 181
Forest Decline in North Cited in Songbird Loss 185
Snow Geese Survive All Too Well, Alarming Conservationists 188
Birds Rescued in Spills Do Poorly, Study Finds 193
Kirtland's Warbler Finally Finds Lots of Burned Forest to Call Home 196
Who Will Come to Duck's Rescue? Ancient Forebears Are Enlisted 199
Predicting Bird Extinctions from Deforestation 201
Effort to Reintroduce Thick-Billed Parrots in Arizona Is Dropped 204
Decoys in Maine Lure Sea Birds, Gone a Century 207
Prairie Ducks Return in Record Numbers 211
8 Protecting Birds Abroad
Exotic Birds, at Risk in Wild, May Be Banned as Imports to U.S. 219
Relative Puts Rare European Duck at Edge of Extinction 224
Mystery Surrounds Global Decline of Flying Robin-Size Predators 227
Old Nemesis, DDT, Reaches Remote Midway Albatrosses 232
Unusual Rescue Team, U.S. and Mexico, Tries to Save Rare Parrot 237
Treaty Partners Study Fate of Birds at Polluted Mexican Lake 241
A Former Resident of Guam Pins Survival Hopes on Another Island 246
Acid Rain Is Cutting Birds' Reproduction in a Dutch Forest 249
India Watches in Vain for Migrating Siberian Crane Flock 252
Rare Bird Illuminates Bitter Dilemma 255
Two-Nation Effort Aids Condors in Americas 260
9 Birds and Birders
Flocks of Biologists Take Wing to Michigan for Mating Season 265
Harsh Lessons of Survival at the Bird Feeder 269
Army of Amateurs and Pros Discovers More Birds in Trouble 272
A Lone Naturalist Defends Secret Places of the Falklands 276
10 Looking to the Future
Wild Turkeys Return to American Fields 283
A Bird's Race Toward Extinction Is Halted 288
A Cleaner Harbor Lures Water Birds to New York 292
Once Near Death, a Comeback Bird Thrives in Cities 298
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