Bird migration is one of the most astonishing feats in the natural world. Millions of birds migrate often very large distances to benefit from seasonal resource surpluses and to avoid predators and competitors. The aim of this book is to give an overview of the whole migration phenomenon. The first of the three main sections presents the life histories and migratory habits of nine different ecological categories of birds. The second section investigates the course and timing of flight journeys, flight behaviour, fuel economy, flocking, and the hazards from disorientation and predation. The final section covers bird navigation.
- Most comprehensive book on bird migration available
- New paperback edition will put the price within reach of many more readers
- Very readable account of the whole migration phenomenon
- The journeys of birds and the ideas of man;
- The rotating world of migratory birds;
- Summer and winter quarters,
Birds in wetlands,
Birds which forage on lake and sea bottom,
Birds which feed on terrestrial plants,
Birds which feed on fish,
Birds which obtain food at the water's surface,
Birds of prey,
The evolution of bird migration;
- The migratory journey,
Methods of studying bird migration,
Migration in flocks,
Fat as flight fuel,
Diurnal and nocturnal migration,
Weather and wind,
Dangers during the migration;
- Orientation and navigation,
The sensory world of birds,
How do birds find the right migration route?;
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