Australian Magpie: Biology and Behaviour of an Unusual Songbird

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Csiro Publishing, 2019 M05 1 - 280 páginas
The Australian magpie is one of our nation’s most popular and iconic birds. It is loved for its impressive vocal abilities, propensity to play, excellent parenting and willingness to form enduring friendships with people. Written by award-winning author Gisela Kaplan, a leading authority on animal behaviour and Australian birds, this second edition of Australian Magpie is a thoroughly updated and substantially expanded account of the behaviour of these birds. With new chapters on classification, cognition and caring for young, it reveals the extraordinary capabilities of the magpie, including its complex social behaviour. The author, who has devoted more than 20 years to studying and interacting with magpies, brings together the latest research on the magpie’s biology and behaviour, along with information on the origin of magpies, their development and health not published previously. This fascinating book has a wide appeal to bird lovers, amateur ornithologists and naturalists, as well as those with a scientific or professional interest in avian behaviour and ecology and those interested in the importance of native birds to the environment.
 

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Chapter 1 Origins
1
Chapter 2 Which is the real magpie?
15
Chapter 3 Anatomy
27
Chapter 4 The brain and the senses
41
Chapter 5 Diet and cognition in foraging
57
Chapter 6 Managing a territory
79
Chapter 7 Bonding and breeding
99
Chapter 8 Caring for the young
115
Chapter 10 Song production and vocal development
159
Chapter 11 Communication
179
Chapter 12 Magpies and humans
199
The success of magpies
213
Plates
215
References
223
Index
255
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Chapter 9 Social rules and daily life
139

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