A birders' guide to the behaviour of European and North American birds.

A birders' guide to the behaviour of European and North American birds. Gabor Michl.
A birders' guide to the behaviour of European and North American birds.

Budapest: Gavia Science, 2003. Octavo, dustwrapper, black and white illustrations.

An excellent summary of field studies from the last 2 decades, this volume aims to fill the gap between the level of knowledge of professional ornithologists and serious birders. In Part A, the author describes the origin and functions of plumage colouration as well as the social role of bird song and various calls. Part B discusses male and female contests, the complex process of mate choice, the consequences of cuckoldry, endurance rivalry, sexual coercion and infanticides. Part C summarizes the behaviour of 48 non-passerine bird families.

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