|Pages/Publication Date:||224 / 2015|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Natural History|
What happens in an albatross "divorce"? Why do gangs of white-winged choughs kidnap their neighbors' fledglings and then keep them in their "gang"? And why do male Fairywrens bring flowers to females as a nuptial gift in the pre-dawn darkness, in full view of the official mate? Throughout the bird world, examples of strange and seemingly inexplicable behavior abound, and this book surveys 39 fascinating examples hailing from all seven continents. From extravagant birds of paradise to murderous cassowaries, each entry includes multiple color photographs, and an essay on the most remarkable characteristics of the species and theories on why these birds act as they do.