Australian Magpie: Biology and Behaviour of an Unusual Songbird

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Csiro Publishing, May 1, 2019 - Science - 280 pages
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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Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Origins
Which is the real magpie?
Anatomy
The brain and the senses
Diet and cognition in foraging
Managing a territory
Caring for the young
Social rules and daily life
Song production and vocal development
Communication
Magpies and humans
The success of magpies
Plates
Index

Bonding and breeding

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