Harriers of the World: Their Behaviour and Ecology

Paperback | May 1, 2000

byRobert Simmons

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Harriers are a charismatic group of birds of prey with a worldwide distribution that have long fascinated bird watchers and scientists. Here for the first time the biology of the world's harriers is treated within one cover, in readily accessible language. There are detailed comparisons ofnorthern and southern species, descriptions of mating systems and population dynamics life histories, and insights into the selection pressures shaping the birds' life histories. The author addresses such questions as how females choose partners against their apparent self- interest, how theyadjust to prevailing circumstances to produce the optimal clutch size, and what underlies variations in size dimorphism and copulation patterns. New information resulting from a DNA examination of the group reveals three new harrier species and allows construction of a new phylogeny of theharriers. The book is brought to life by fine original line drawings of these impressive birds by the author's twin brother. It will be a treat for all raptor biologists, amateur raptophiles, and behavioural ecologists interested in temperate-tropical comparisons.

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Harriers are a charismatic group of birds of prey with a worldwide distribution that have long fascinated bird watchers and scientists. Here for the first time the biology of the world's harriers is treated within one cover, in readily accessible language. There are detailed comparisons ofnorthern and southern species, descriptions of...

Ornithologist/Specialist Scientist,Research Associate,Fitzpatrick Institute, University of Cape Town and Tourism, Namibia

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Format:PaperbackPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198549644

ISBN - 13:9780198549642

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Preface1. Introduction: Changing perspectives - from natural history to behavioural ecology2. Evolution and peculiarities of the harriers3. Aerial displays: Mate choice and reverse dimorphism4. Of mice and harriers: Who wins the arms race?5. Mating patterns: Polygyny and deception6. Copulation patterns and sperm depletion7. Sex ratio and egg size manipulation8. Food and reproduction in the tropics9. Clutch size and latitude10. SynthesisReferencesIndex

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