Black-Capped Chickadee

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Stackpole Books, 1997 - Nature - 90 pages
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Hard-to-observe behaviors captured by top wildlife photographers, Fascinating and lively text by leading ornithologists, Complete picture of a species' life in the wild. "This series will find a welcome place in bird-watching's storehouse of literature". A study of the life of the Black-capped Chickadee reveals surprising facts about the familiar backyard visitor: It is exceptionally agile, yet it cannot walk headfirst down trees. Females engage in extra pair mating with higher-ranked, but never lower-ranked, males. Chickadees use controlled hypothermia to help them survive frigid winter nights. This unique guide offers an entertaining examination of the natural history of this popular songbird, from courtship, and nesting to communicating, foraging, and flying. Full-color photos illustrate every aspect of the Black-capped Chickadee's life, making "Black-Capped Chickadee" an essential reference for anyone with an interest in learning more about birds.
 

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Contents

General Natural History
1
Reproduction
13
Winter Flocks
28
Diet and Foraging
36
Social Behavior and Communication
50
Surviving the Cold of Winter
64
Population Ecology
72
Relations with Humans
81
Photo Credits
87
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