The Whooper Swan

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A&C Black, Jan 31, 2010 - Science - 512 pages
The Whooper Swan has the most extensive range of all the world's seven swan species, and to people in many nations it is the archetypical swan species. The species is also strongly migratory, and the annual appearances of bulging" flocks of these beautiful white birds herald seasonal change and have inspired numerus myths and tales.
Taking an in-depth look at the Whooper Swan, this book investigates its biology, migratory habits, courtship and breeding behaviour and its role in the folklore and legend of the many countries where it occurs."
 

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Contents

List of Figures
13
List of Tables
19
Preface
21
Acknowledgements
23
CHAPTER 1 A swans world
26
CHAPTER 2 Swan culture
53
CHAPTER 3 The Whooper Swan a closer look
74
CHAPTER 4 Range habitat and population Europe
103
CHAPTER 9 Nonbreeding Whooper Swans
356
CHAPTER 10 Movements and migration
380
CHAPTER 11 In sickness and in health
429
APPENDIX 1 Scientific names of bird and mammal species appearing in the text
456
APPENDIX 2a Swan Biometrics
459
APPENDIX 2b Whooper Swan Biometrics
460
APPENDIX 3 Foods Eaten by Whooper Swans
461
Notes
464

CHAPTER 5 Range habitat and population Russia and Asia and vagrancy
173
CHAPTER 6 Food feeding and flocking behaviour
232
CHAPTER 7 Social behaviour
286
CHAPTER 8 Breeding biology and behaviour
306

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About the author (2010)

Mark Brazil is an experienced field ornithologist who has had several previous books published including A Birdwatcher's Guide to Japan, The Birds of Japan (Helm) and The Whooper Swan (Poyser).

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