The Black Eagle : Verreaux's Eagle in Southern Africa
The long awaited and important volume comprises the most detailed, comprehensive and prolonged single study of an eagle species ever under-taken. Thousands of hours of observation in the field during a 2l -year period and over 12,000 written records by a team of voluntary bird-watcher, have gone into the investigation of the behaviour and breeding of some 60 pairs of Black Eagles in their natural environment, the Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe. Exquisite paintings by renowned bird artist Graeme Amott, and a series of behavioural sketches by eagle-student Robert Davies, add an extra dimension to an appreciation of the Black Eagle. Their inclusion, together with a selection of colour photographs, both from the author's unique and extensive collection and by photographers of note, makes this a volume to be treasured by collectors of Africana as well as by all bird of prey enthusiasts.
- Hardback | 280 pages
- 228.6 x 300 x 38.1mm | 1,751g
- 01 Dec 1993
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
- appendices, glossary, illustrations
Table of contents
List of Colour Plates. List of Figures. List of Tables. Foreword. Preface and Acknowledgements. Introduction: The Black Eagle Survey. The Matoboo Mlls. The Black Eagles of the Matobo Hills. . Paired Black Eagles. Prey Hunting and adult Feeding. Black Eagle Territories. Nests, Sites and Tenures. The Breeding cycle. Breeding Performance and Population. Factors and Affecting Breeding Attempts and Breeding Success. Dispersal of young Birds. Survival and Life-Span. The Cain-and-Abel Struggle. Black Eagles as individuals: A Tale of Two Females. The Matobo Hills Raptor Community. Interspecific Relations. The Future of the Black Eagle Population in the Matobo Hills. Appendices. Glossary.