Australian Magpie: Biology and Behaviour of an Unusual Songbird

CSIRO Publishing, 2019 M04 30 - 280 páginas

The Australian magpie is one of that 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 behavior and Australian birds, this second edition of Australian Magpie is a thoroughly updated and substantially expanded account of the behavior 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 behavior. 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 behavior, 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 behavior and ecology and those interested in the importance of native birds to the environment.


- A fully updated account of this Australian icon, written by one of Australia's leading animal behavior researchers

- Interweaves rigorous academic research with hundreds of hours of the author's personal observations

- Unravels the complex family and social behavior of magpies in an engaging text

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Gisela Kaplan is Emeritus Professor of Animal Behaviourat the University of New England and an Honorary Professor at the QueenslandBrain Institute. She is the author of more than 250 research articles and hasconducted groundbreaking research into vocal learning, communication andcognition in birds and other vertebrates. She holds two PhDs and an honoraryDSc for her contributions to life sciences. In addition to extensive fieldresearch on birds, for the past two decades she has also raised andrehabilitated injured native birds. Her books include:Bird Minds: Cognitionand Behaviour of Australian Native Birds and Tawny Frogmouth.

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