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Feral pigeons are among the most familiar and abundant of the birds of the world. They are a major urban pest species, living closely in association with man but with all the characteristics of highly adapted wild birds. This book focuses on population biology and behavioural ecology, and includes a very thorough listing of primary references in the scholarly literature.show more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 179.8 x 219.5 x 26.4mm | 703.08g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line figures, tables
  • 0195084098
  • 9780195084092
  • 840,610

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a thorough academic text investigating most aspects of feral pigeons ... An indispensable guide to any ornithologist intending to study feral pigeons seriously ... I found the volume fascinating in places and it gave me a new insight into an everyday bird which affords easy study at close quarters. * Neil Anderson, The London Naturalist, No. 76, 1997 * the most comprehensive assemblage of information on the biology of feral pigeons to date ... The authors provide an impressive array of data concerning the origin and evolution of feral pigeons. The bibliography is extensive and includes eastern European as well as other non-English language citations. * IBIS * There is much interesting information about this very successful bird in this book. Highly recommended. * Donald S. Heintzelman, Wildlife Activist, No. 25, December 1995 *show more

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Feral pigeons are among the most familiar and abundant birds in the world, urban creatures living in close association with humans yet possessing the characteristics of highly adapted wild birds. Although domesticated pigeons have long been a major model for laboratory research, feral pigeons are rarely the subject of study. This definitive monograph focuses on the population, biology, and behavioral ecology of feral pigeons, including a thorough listing of primary references of U.S. and European scholarly literature. Professional and amateur ornithologists, pigeon breeders, and students will find this an invaluable and fascinating study of birds whose ancestry includes familiar breeds of domesticated birds.show more

Table of contents

PART I: HISTORY AND SYSTEMATIC BIOLOGY ; PART II: REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY AND DIET ; PART III: PLUMAGE AND FLIGHT ; PART IV: BEHAVIOR ; PART V: POPULATION STUDIES ; PART IV: SOME ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS ; PART VII: PEOPLE AND PIGEONSshow more

About Richard F. Johnston

Marian Janiga is at the Research Station, High Tatras National Park, Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakiashow more

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