The Raven: A Natural History in Britain and Ireland

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Well-known throughout the Northern Hemisphere, the Raven has a prominent place in myth, legend, and history. This book presents a thorough summary of the current state of knowledge regarding the Raven's natural history, describing its present distribution, habitat requirements, calls, feeding habits, social behavior, and population centers. The text focuses on the Raven's ecology in the United Kingdom, but is of interest worldwide to both amateurs and professionals. It contains useful comparisons of the Northern ...

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1997 Hardcover New The Raven is one of the most spectacular and romantic of British birds, but relatively neglected in the modern literature of ornithology. Derek Ratcliffe ... here presents a thorough summary of our knowledge of its natural history, emphasizing the long association of the bird with humankind. The place of the Raven in myth, legend and history is long established, and this book describes the bird's fall from grace as a valued scavenger in medieval cities to a persecuted outcast in the modern wilds. The previous wide occurrence of Ravens is reviewed against the relationships between their present distribution, status and habitat requirements, as both a nesting and a non-breeding resident. The dependence of Ravens on carrion (especially sheep) within an omnivorous diet is the key to the species' ecology, and its social behaviour has evolved in close relation to this lifestyle. The flocking and communal roosting of non-breeders are major features of Raven behaviour, while their nesting habits e Read more Show Less

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Overview

Well-known throughout the Northern Hemisphere, the Raven has a prominent place in myth, legend, and history. This book presents a thorough summary of the current state of knowledge regarding the Raven's natural history, describing its present distribution, habitat requirements, calls, feeding habits, social behavior, and population centers. The text focuses on the Raven's ecology in the United Kingdom, but is of interest worldwide to both amateurs and professionals. It contains useful comparisons of the Northern Hemisphere species. Brought to life through beautiful detailed illustrations, maps, and tables, this is a valuable study on one of the most spectacular and romantic of British birds.

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  • Provides a rare glimpse into Raven ecology/biology in the U.K.
  • Features beautiful illustrations, along with useful maps and tables
  • Emphasizes the long association of the bird with humans
  • Contains current information on feeding habits, breeding, territorialism, intelligence, and distribution
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  • ISBN-13: 9780856610905
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/1997
  • Series: Poyser Birds Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Raven: spirit of the wilds 1
1 The Raven in Human History 7
2 The Raven's Country 27
3 Distribution and Numbers in Britain and Ireland 40
4 Food and Feeding Habits 75
5 Social Behaviour 97
6 Raven Movements 118
7 Associations with Other Animals 127
8 Breeding: Nest and Nest Site 139
9 Breeding: The Egg Stage 160
10 Breeding: The Young 174
11 Territorialism and Population Regulation 196
12 Ravens in the Modern Scene 217
13 Ravens Elsewhere in the World 241
14 Intelligence in Ravens 249
App. 1 Distribution of Raven flocks and roosts in Britain and Ireland 256
App. 2 Calls of the Raven 265
App. 3 Appearance of the Raven 268
App. 4 Scientific names of animal and plant species in the text 271
App. 5 Names of the Raven 274
Bibliography 275
Tables 1-27 284
Index 317
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