Stray Feathers: Reflections on the Structure, Behavior, and Evolution of Birds

by Penny Olsen , Leo Joseph
Stray Feathers: Reflections on the Structure, Behavior, and Evolution of Birds
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Stray Feathers: Reflections on the Structure, Behavior, and Evolution of Birds

by Penny Olsen , Leo Joseph

Format: Paperback

Code: 13567

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Stray Feathers showcases some of the remarkable adaptations of Australian birds. A brief introduction describes how evolution shapes form and function, followed by a series of vignettes illustrating the wondrous variety of forms and functions shaped by evolution. For example, did you know that Barn Owls can hunt in absolute darkness and that cuckoos commence incubation before their egg is laid?

Sections include anatomy and physiology; the senses; giving voice; tongues talking; plumage; getting around; finding and handling food; optimizing foraging and feeding; reducing competition; using 'tools'; communicating; quality vs quantity; courtship; nests; parental care; chicks; and living together.

The book is superbly illustrated with black and white drawings of a range of birds, making it a worthy addition to the bookshelves of bird lovers everywhere.

KEY FEATURES:
* Gives the reader a deeper understanding of the role of evolution in shaping the form and function we so often admire in birds
* Superb illustrations

Table of Contents:
Anatomy and physiology
The senses
Giving voice
Tongues talking
Plumage
Getting around
Finding and handling food
Optimising foraging and feeding
Reducing competition
Using 'tools'
Communicating
Quality vs quantity
Courtship
Nests
Parental care
Chicks: behaving badly; behaving well
Living together: same species
Living together: different species

ISBN: 9780643094932

Publisher: CSIRO

Year of Publication: 2011

Page Count: 286

Weight: 2 lb