The Golden Eagle

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A&C Black, Aug 23, 2010 - Nature - 448 pages
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This comprehensive monograph is a second edition of one of the most popular Poyser monographs; it covers all aspects of this spectacular eagle's biology and ecology, including a full review of the literature and incorporating the considerable body of research on the species since the publication of the first edition in 1997. The late Jeff Watson was one of Scotland's foremost eagle experts, with more than 20 years of research on the birds; following Jeff's untimely death, the book is being completed by his colleagues Des Thompson and Helen Riley. Scottish studies provide the foundation for a treatment that also includes up-to-date information from work in North America, continental Europe and elsewhere. This global view allows fascinating insights into the species' relationships with a variety of different habitats and leads to many new and important conclusions regarding its ecology. This highly readable and authoritative account is destined to become the standard reference on the species, both in Scotland and elsewhere in the world. The text is enriched with many superb pictures of this majestic bird and additional wash landscapes capture the very special atmosphere of Scotland's Golden Eagle country.
 

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This book is the bible for habits and habitat of Golden Eagles worldwide. The book covers every aspect of the bird's habits, range, life history,, habitat use, changes in the bird's plumage and habits ... Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
13
Publishers Acknowledgements
21
The Golden Eagle
31
World range
47
The Scottish Highlands and Islands Golden Eagle Country
61
Hunting behaviour
75
Food
85
Ranging behaviour
125
Mortality
291
Threats
308
History and tradition
359
Further research
372
The genus Aquila distribution and ecology
378
The shaping of the highland landscape
386
Nearestneighbour distance and density
392
Diet of Golden Eagles by number as reported from 13 studies
399

Nest spacing and density
147
Population estimates and trends
168
The prebreeding season
182
The breeding cycle eggs and incubation
193
The breeding cycle nestling period
226
Breeding performance
236
Moult
265
Movements and migration
275
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Index
442
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Jeff Watson was Scotland's foremost authority on eagles, with several books and many articles to his credit including the first edition of this title. Des Thompson and Helen Riley are renowned ornithologists and ecologists, based in Scotland, who have completed Jeff's work.

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