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The Love Lives of Birds: Courting and Mating Rituals

The Love Lives of Birds: Courting and Mating Rituals

by Laura Erickson


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From the lifelong devotion of the American crow to the dalliances of the eastern bluebird, from the bald eagle’s dazzling aerial display to the male ruby-throated hummingbird’s reputation as a “deadbeat dad” — courtship, mating, and parenting differ dramatically among birds. Ornithologist and author Laura Erickson takes readers on a romance-fueled romp through the love lives of 35 species, exploring the diversity of avian approaches to pairing up. Each species spotlight pairs Erickson’s remarkable depth of scientific knowledge with her talent for drawing humorous and insightful parallels between human and bird. The result is a riveting read for bird-watchers and nature lovers alike.

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ISBN-13: 9781635862751
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 10/27/2020
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 452,986
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Laura Erickson is the author of The Love Lives of Birds and The Bird Watching Answer Book, and is coauthor of Into the Nest. A recipient of the American Birding Association’s prestigious Roger Tory Peterson award, she has served as science editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, an editor of Bird Scope magazine, and a columnist and contributing editor for Birdwatching magazine. She produces For the Birds, a long-running public radio program and podcast, and lives in Duluth, Minnesota. Find her online at 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Looking for Mr. or Ms. Right
Sex in the City: Rock Pigeon
Speed Dating: Prairie Grouse
Living in Jane Austen's World: Black-Capped Chickadee
Bully for Them: Wild Turkey
Be My Valentine: Great Horned Owl
Tender Romantics: American Crow
Just the Two of Us: Trumpeter Swan
Going Steady: Mallard
Romantic Duets: Northern Cardinal
Old-Fashioned Love Songs: American Robin
Othello Didn't Have to End That Way: Northern Mockingbird
Singing Casanova: House Wren
Happy Feet: Blue-Footed Booby
Dancing with the Stars: Whooping Crane
Cyrano de Bergerac: American Woodcock
Love on the Beach: Piping Plover
Passion in Fresh Water: Common Loon
Going the Distance: Arctic Tern
The Food of Love: Limpkin
You're Not Getting Older, You're Getting Better: Eastern Screech-Owl
When I'm Sixty-Four: Laysan Albatross
Rosie the Riveter: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Wearing the Pants: Wilson's Phalarope
Are You My Mother?: Brown-Headed Cowbird
The Bold and the Beautiful: Eastern Bluebird
One Big Happy Family: Red-Winged Blackbird
Group Hug!: Belted Kingfisher
The Inconstant Moon: Red Knot
Across a Crowded Room: Herring Gull
Say It with Sticks: Great Blue Heron
Rocks Are a Hen's Best Friend: Adelie Penguin
Material Girl and Boy: Satin Bowerbird
This Old House: Bald Eagle
Failure to Launch: Florida Scrub-Jay
Romantic Comedy: White-Throated Sparrow

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