The Behavior of Texas Birds

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University of Texas Press, Aug 15, 2002 - Nature - 431 pages

Whether it's the sudden, plunging dives of Brown Pelicans, the singing and aerial displays of Northern Mockingbirds, or the communal nesting of Purple Martins, innate and learned behaviors are some of the most fascinating things to observe in Texas birds. Even casual birdwatchers eventually ask, "why do they do that?" while serious birders and ornithologists seek to understand all the behaviors involved in feeding, flying, mating, and rearing young. But until now, it has been hard to find this information in one handy source.

In this comprehensive, yet easy-to-use book, Kent Rylander distills data from many sources to provide an authoritative guide to the behavior of Texas birds. He begins by explaining the principles of animal behavior and illustrating how they can be applied to interpreting bird behaviors in the field. The majority of the book is devoted to accounts of more than 400 species of birds that are most likely to be encountered by Texas birdwatchers. Each account describes such behaviors as feeding, courtship, parenting, and other behaviors that are significant for that species. References to interesting and important articles from scientific journals are incorporated in the species accounts where appropriate, and line drawings illustrate some of the behaviors described.

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Page 406 - Kroodsma DE. 1995. Brain space for learned song in birds develops independently of song learning. Journal of Neuroscience 15: 6281-86.
Page 416 - Male mate choice and the evolution of female plumage coloration in the house finch. Evolution 47: 1515-1525.
Page 411 - Falls, JB (1995). White-throated sparrow morphs that differ in song production rate also differ in the anatomy of some song-related brain areas.
Page 409 - Sexton. 1994. Negative correlation of blue jays and golden-cheeked warblers near an urbanizing area. Conservation Biology 8:286290.
Page 412 - Falls. 1994. Negative assortative mating in the Whitethroated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis: The role of mate choice and intra-sexual competition.
Page 415 - Comparative behavior of the Yellow-headed Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, and other icterids.
Page 411 - ED (1990) Effect of prior residence on dominance status of dark-eyed juncos, Junco hyemalis. Anim. Behav., 40, 580-586.

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Kent Rylander is Professor of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

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