The Barn Swallow

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A&C Black, 29 jan. 2010 - 256 pagina's
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The Barn Swallow is a familiar and popular bird throughout the
world. It is one of the most widely distributed bird species, breeding
in North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa and wintering in South
America, southern Africa, southern Asia and even northern Australia.
Its habit of nesting close to human habitation has made this elegant
bird a part of farmyard and village life and a welcome herald of
spring.


This book examines all aspects of the life of this endearing bird, with chapters on its flying
skills and feeding habits, mate choice, breeding strategies, nest
sites, eggs and incubation, nestling rearing, productivity and
survival, migratory behaviour and population dynamics
. It also considers changes in populations and behaviour in relation to intensive agriculture and climate change.


The Barn Swallow is both engaging and authoritative;
birdwatchers will enjoy amazing insights into the life of the species,
such as the importance of tail feathers when finding a mate, or the
sinister way that some birds kill of the chicks of rivals. Academic
scholars will appreciate the book's broad overview of current research
on this species.

 

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List of tables
11
Acknowledgements
13
CHAPTER 1 The swallows
15
CHAPTER 2 Flight and feeding behaviour
27
CHAPTER 3 Social behaviour andvocalisations
47
CHAPTER 4 Attracting and choosing a mate
68
CHAPTER 5 Breeding strategies
84
CHAPTER 6 Nest sites and nests
98
CHAPTER 8 Chicks and parental care
129
CHAPTER 9 Productivity and survival
149
CHAPTER 10 Migration and dispersal
172
CHAPTER 11 Populations
197
APPENDIX 1 Scientific names of plants and animals mentioned in the text
209
Bibliography
212
Index
247
Copyright

CHAPTER 7 Eggs and incubation
112

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Over de auteur (2010)

Since studying their feeding behaviour as part of her doctorate, Angela
Turner has been fascinated by Swallows. She has written many papers and
books on these birds, and is the author of Handbook to the Swallows and Martins of the World (Helm) and The Swallow (Hamlyn). She is Editor of the journal Animal Behaviour.

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