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The New York times book of birds
Wade, Nicholas.
Publication Information:
New York : Lyons Press, [2001]

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viii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"Originally published under the title: The Science times book of birds" - T.p. verso.
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The best articles on bird behavior and biology from The New York Times, this collection features new evidence on the minds of birds, fossil discoveries that link birds to dinosaurs, and the often soap-opera like sex lives of birds. Illustrations.

Author Notes

Born in Aylesbury, England, Nicholas Wade studies at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. He has worked at nature and Science and is currently a science reporter for The New York Times. The author of four previous books, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

John Noble WilfordMalcolm W. BrowneJohn Noble WilfordWalter SullivanNatalie AngierNatalie AngierJane E. BrodyCarol Kaesuk YoonJane E. BrodyMalcolm W. BrowneNatalie AngierWilliam K. StevensJane E. BrodyNatalie AngierCarol Kaesuk YoonCarol Kaesuk YoonLes LineWalter SullivanMalcolm W. BrowneLes LineNatalie AngierNatalie AngierWilliam K. StevensCarol Kaesuk YoonJane E. BrodyMalcolm W. BrowneCarol Kaesuk YoonLes LineCarol Kaesuk YoonMalcolm W. BrowneLes LineCarol Kaesuk YoonLes LineCarol Kaesuk YoonVerne G. KopytoffMalcolm W. BrowneJane E. BrodyVerne G. KopytoffLes LineCarol Kaesuk YoonSarah JaySarah JayLes LineWilliam K. StevensCatherine DoldTeresa L. WaiteCarol Kaesuk YoonLes LineAnthony DePalmaAnthony DePalmaLes LineCatherine DoldSanjoy HazarikaCarol Kaesuk YoonTwig MowattDavid BinderJane E. BrodyLes LineNathaniel NashJane E. BrodyJo ThomasJane E. BrodyJane E. Brody
Introductionp. 1
1 The Evolution of Birds
Feathered Dinosaur or Flightless Bird: A New Find Stirs the Dustp. 5
Two Clues Supporting Idea That Birds Arose from Dinosaursp. 12
Very Early Bird Had a Way to Catch Worms: In a Beakp. 16
Fossil "Terror Bird" Offers Clues to Evolutionp. 20
2 Family Life of Birds
Biologists Tell a Tale of Interfering In-Lawsp. 27
Mating for Life? It's Not for the Birds or the Beesp. 34
For Warblers, More Songs Lead to More Extramarital Flingsp. 42
Egret Chicks in the Nest Are Natural Born Killersp. 45
Designing Birds Impress Their Mates with Fancy Decorp. 50
3 The Minds of Birds
Second Greatest Toolmaker? A Title Crows Can Crow Aboutp. 59
To Remember Seed Caches, Bird Grows New Brain Cellsp. 64
Brainy Parrots Dazzle Scientists, but Threat of Extinction Loomsp. 70
Not Just Music, Bird Song Is a Means of Courtship and Defensep. 77
Gene May Help Birds Tune Out Sour Notes and Tune In Rivalsp. 84
4 Bird Biology and Behavior
Thuggish Cuckoos Use Muscle to Run Egg Protection Racketp. 91
For Remote Bird Species, the Sex of Hatchlings Is No Surprisep. 96
Seeking Food, Some Sea Birds Rely on the Sense of Smellp. 100
Raptors Found to Track Prey's Ultraviolet Trailp. 103
Eggs on Feet and Far from Shelter, Male Penguins Do a Shufflep. 105
Juvenile Penguins Go Beyond Safe Areap. 110
Why Birds and Bees, Too, Like Good Looksp. 112
Canary Chicks: Not All Created Equalp. 118
Rabbits Beware! Some Birds of Prey Hunt in Packsp. 124
Meek Bird's Survival Secret: Picking Protective Neighborsp. 130
The All-Common Crow Has Much in Common with Human Neighborsp. 132
5 Birds and Ecology
For Clues to Antarctica's Health, Ask a Penguinp. 139
More Than Decoration, Songbirds Are Essential to Forests' Healthp. 144
Hornbills Are Lynchpins of Indonesian Rain Forestp. 148
Hummingbirds Bear Mixed Gift to Flowers in Tropical Forestp. 152
6 Migration
Migrating Birds Set Compasses By Sunlight and Starsp. 159
Aircraft to Play Mother Goose in Unusual Rescue Experimentp. 164
Tiny Transmitters Make It Possible to Track Peregrines Day by Dayp. 168
Songbird Migrations Tracked with Nocturnal Eavesdroppingp. 172
Bird-Watching Biologists See Evolution on the Wingp. 175
7 Protecting American Birds
Majestic Species' Fate May Ride on Wings of Six Freed Condorsp. 181
Forest Decline in North Cited in Songbird Lossp. 185
Snow Geese Survive All Too Well, Alarming Conservationistsp. 188
Birds Rescued in Spills Do Poorly, Study Findsp. 193
Kirtland's Warbler Finally Finds Lots of Burned Forest to Call Homep. 196
Who Will Come to Duck's Rescue? Ancient Forebears Are Enlistedp. 199
Predicting Bird Extinctions from Deforestationp. 201
Effort to Reintroduce Thick-Billed Parrots in Arizona Is Droppedp. 204
Decoys in Maine Lure Sea Birds, Gone a Centuryp. 207
Prairie Ducks Return in Record Numbersp. 211
8 Protecting Birds Abroad
Exotic Birds, at Risk in Wild, May Be Banned as Imports to U.S.p. 219
Relative Puts Rare European Duck at Edge of Extinctionp. 224
Mystery Surrounds Global Decline of Flying Robin-Size Predatorsp. 227
Old Nemesis, DDT, Reaches Remote Midway Albatrossesp. 232
Unusual Rescue Team, U.S. and Mexico, Tries to Save Rare Parrotp. 237
Treaty Partners Study Fate of Birds at Polluted Mexican Lakep. 241
A Former Resident of Guam Pins Survival Hopes on Another Islandp. 246
Acid Rain Is Cutting Birds' Reproduction in a Dutch Forestp. 249
India Watches in Vain for Migrating Siberian Crane Flockp. 252
Rare Bird Illuminates Bitter Dilemmap. 255
Two-Nation Effort Aids Condors in Americasp. 260
9 Birds and Birders
Flocks of Biologists Take Wing to Michigan for Mating Seasonp. 265
Harsh Lessons of Survival at the Bird Feederp. 269
Army of Amateurs and Pros Discovers More Birds in Troublep. 272
A Lone Naturalist Defends Secret Places of the Falklandsp. 276
10 Looking to the Future
Wild Turkeys Return to American Fieldsp. 283
A Bird's Race Toward Extinction Is Haltedp. 288
A Cleaner Harbor Lures Water Birds to New Yorkp. 292
Once Near Death, a Comeback Bird Thrives in Citiesp. 298