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Beaks, Bones And Bird Songs : How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behavior

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With more than 10,000 species evolving for more than 200 million years, birds encompass almost every possibility of shape, lifestyle, niche, design, and environment. There are hummingbirds scarcely bigger than bees and flightless cassowaries as tall as a human. They are found from the North Pole to the fringes of Antarctica and from rainforests to deserts. They can even fly over the Himalayas. Always on task, they use their senses to find food, migrate, withstand the weather, avoid predators, compete with each other and alien species as well as face myriad other trials. Emeritus professor and bird lover Lederer examines the abilities, adaptations, and behaviors birds possess and employ to survive from one day to the next, citing that only the most physiologically, anatomically and behaviorally well-tuned birds who succeed in meeting these challenges go on to the most important goal of reproduction. He notes that today about 1,400 of the world’s species are threatened with extinction. With ornithological science as the background, this book explores the common and unusual ways birds put into operation their physical and behavioral adaptions--like navigating by smell, maneuvering in thick forests, and changing their songs in noisy cities. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 280
Genre: Nature
Sub-Genre: Birds
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Workman Pub Co
Author: Roger J. Lederer
Language: English
Street Date: June 22, 2016
TCIN: 51053152
UPC: 9781604696486
Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-0297
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