Weather and Bird Behaviour

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A&C Black, Jan 29, 2010 - Science - 276 pages
This classic Poyser title, now in its third revised edition, discusses in depth the various ways in which weather conditions influence bird behaviour. Weather conditions affect food and water availability, decisions about when and how to migrate, timing and success of reproduction, flight style, and physical comfort. Birds display many adaptations in form and behaviour that help them to cope with changing weather conditions, and this fascinating book uses a great variety of examples to explore the subject in depth. The text is enhanced throughout with evocative line drawings, there are many useful tables and figures, and there is also an 8pp colour photograph section.
 

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Contents

List of colour plates
8
List of Figures
10
List of Tables
15
Preface and acknowledgements
18
Introduction
21
CHAPTER ONE The weather
25
CHAPTER TWO Flight
42
CHAPTER THREE Feeding
56
inception and progress
121
CHAPTER EIGHT Migrational drift and displacement
141
CHAPTER NINE Vagrancy
168
CHAPTER TEN Migration of soaring birds
178
CHAPTER ELEVEN Extreme weather
185
CHAPTER TWELVE Seabirds
207
References
235
APPENDIX Mean sea level pressures
262

CHAPTER FOUR Aerial feeding
74
CHAPTER FIVE Breeding
87
CHAPTER SIX Comfort
109

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About the author (2010)

Norman Elkins is a retired meteorologist and amateur ornithologist. He is an acknowledged authority on the effects of weather on birds.

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