9781558216051

The Science Times Book of Birds

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  • ISBN13:

    9781558216051

  • ISBN10:

    1558216057

  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 1999-09-01
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press

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Summary

A selection of articles from the famed section of the New York Times assembled into a fast-paced journalistic style contain cutting-edge research on birds

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(4)
1 The Evolution of Birds
5(22)
Feathered Dinosaur of Flightless Bird: A New Find Stirs the Dust
5(7)
JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Two Clues Supporting Idea That Birds Arose from Dinosaurs
12(4)
MALCOLM W. BROWNE
Very Early Bird Had a Way to Catch Worms: In a Beak
16(4)
JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Fossil "Terror Bird" Offers Clues to Evolution
20(7)
WALTER SULLIVAN
2 Family Life of Birds
27(32)
Biologists Tell a Tale of Interfering In-Laws
27(7)
NATALIE ANGIER
Mating for Life? It's Not for the Birds or the Bees
34(8)
NATALIE ANGIER
For Warblers, More Songs Lead to More Extramarital Flings
42(3)
JANE E. BRODY
Egret Chicks in the Nest Are Natural Born Killers
45(5)
CAROL KAESUK YOON
Designing Birds Impress Their Mates with Fancy Decor
50(9)
JANE E. BRODY
3 The Minds of Birds
59(32)
Second Greatest Toolmaker? A Title Crows Can Crow About
59(5)
MALCOLM W. BROWNE
To Remember Seed Caches, Bird Grows New Brain Cells
64(6)
NATALIE ANGIER
Brainy Parrots Dazzle Scientists, but Threat of Extinction Looms
70(7)
WILLIAM K. STEVENS
Not Just Music, Bird Song Is a Means of Courtship and Defense
77(7)
JANE E. BRODY
Gene May Help Birds Tune Out Sour Notes and Tune In Rivals
84(7)
NATALIE ANGIER
4 Bird Biology and Behavior
91(48)
Thuggish Cuckoos Use Muscle to Run Egg Protection Racket
91(5)
CAROL KAESUK YOON
For Remote Bird Species, the Sex of Hatchlings Is No Surprise
96(4)
CAROL KAESUK YOON
Seeking Food, Some Sea Birds Rely on the Sense of Smell
100(3)
LES LINE
Raptors Found to Track Prey's Ultraviolet Trail
103(2)
WALTER SULLIVAN
Eggs on Feet and Far from Shelter, Male Penguins Do a Shuffle
105(5)
MALCOLM W. BROWNE
Juvenile Penguins Go Beyond Safe Area
110(2)
LES LINE
Why Birds and Bees, Too, Like Good Looks
112(6)
NATALIE ANGIER
Canary Chicks: Not All Created Equal
118(6)
NATALIE ANGIER
Rabbits Beware! Some Birds of Prey Hunt in Packs
124(6)
WILLIAM K. STEVENS
Meek Bird's Survival Secret: Picking Protective Neighbors
130(2)
CAROL KAESUK YOON
The All-Common Crow Has Much in Common with Human Neighbors
132(7)
JANE E. BRODY
5 Birds and Ecology
139(20)
For Clues to Antarctica's Health, Ask a Penguin
139(5)
MALCOLM W. BROWNE
More Than Decoration, Songbirds Are Essential to Forests' Health
144(4)
CAROL KAESUK YOON
Hornbills Are Lynchpins of Indonesian Rain Forest
148(4)
LES LINE
Hummingbirds Bear Mixed Gift to Flowers in Tropical Forest
152(7)
CAROL KAESUK YOON
6 Migration
159(22)
Migrating Birds Set Compasses By Sunlight and Stars
159(5)
MALCOLM W. BROWNE
Aircraft to Play Mother Goose in Unusual Rescue Experiment
164(4)
LES LINE
Tiny Transmitters Make It Possible to Track Peregrines Day by Day
168(4)
CAROL KAESUK YOON
Songbird Migrations Tracked with Nocturnal Eavesdropping
172(3)
LES LINE
Bird-Watching Biologists See Evolution on the Wing
175(6)
CAROL KAESUK YOON
7 Protecting American Birds
181(38)
Majestic Species' Fate May Ride on Wings of Six Freed Condors
181(4)
VERNE G. KOPYTOFF
Forest Decline in North Cited in Songbird Loss
185(3)
MALCOLM W. BROWNE
Snow Geese Survive All Too Well, Alarming Conservationists
188(5)
JANE E. BRODY
Birds Rescued in Spills Do Poorly, Study Finds
193(3)
VERNE G. KOPYTOFF
Kirtland's Warbler Finally Finds Lots of Burned Forest to Call Home
196(3)
LES LINE
Who Will Come to Duck's Rescue? Ancient Forebears Are Enlisted
199(2)
CAROL KAESUK YOON
Predicting Bird Extinctions from Deforestation
201(3)
SARAH JAY
Effort to Reintroduce Thick-Billed Parrots in Arizona Is Dropped
204(3)
SARAH JAY
Decoys in Maine Lure Sea Birds, Gone a Century
207(4)
LES LINE
Prairie Ducks Return in Record Numbers
211(8)
WILLIAM K. STEVENS
8 Protecting Birds Abroad
219(46)
Exotic Birds, at Risk in Wild, May Be Banned as Imports to U.S.
219(5)
CATHERINE DOLD
Relative Puts Rare European Duck at Edge of Extinction
224(3)
TERESA L. WAITE
Mystery Surrounds Global Decline of Flying Robin-Size Predators
227(5)
CAROL KAESUK YOON
Old Nemesis, DDT, Reaches Remote Midway Albatrosses
232(5)
LES LINE
Unusual Rescue Team, U.S. and Mexico, Tries to Save Rare Parrot
237(4)
ANTHONY DEPALMA
Treaty Partners Study Fate of Birds at Polluted Mexican Lake
241(5)
ANTHONY DEPALMA
A Former Resident of Guam Pins Survival Hopes on Another Island
246(3)
LES LINE
Acid Rain Is Cutting Birds' Reproduction in a Dutch Forest
249(3)
CATHERINE DOLD
India Watches in Vain for Migrating Siberian Crane Flock
252(3)
SANJOY HAZARIKA
Rare Bird Illuminates Bitter Dilemma
255(5)
CAROL KAESUK YOON
Two-Nation Effort Aids Condors in Americas
260(5)
TWIG MOWATT
9 Birds and Birders
265
Flocks of Biologists Take Wing to Michigan for Mating Season
265(4)
DAVID BINDER
Harsh Lessons of Survival at the Bird Feeder
269(3)
JANE E. BRODY
Army of Amateurs and Pros Discovers More Birds in Trouble
272(4)
LES LINE
A Lone Naturalist Defends Secret Places of the Falklands
276
NATHANIEL NASH

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