The Wheatear

The Wheatear

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This is an extensive study on the shy wheatear, a small bird which nests chiefly in rabbit burrows. Most of the research took place on Skokholm, an island off the Pembrokeshire coast where the author ringed over 90% of the wheatears for easy identification. One of the great benefits of the colour-ringing was that, without having to re-trap an individual, the author was able to identify and look up its life history. From this he would know who were the parents of an individual bird, whether any of its siblings were still on the island and whether it was occupying the same territory that it had in a previous more

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 100 line drawings, maps, tables, bibliography, index
  • 0747004064
  • 9780747004066

Table of contents

Introducing the wheatear; where the wheatear lives; from Africa to Alaska; spring arrivals; individual distance and territory; the wheatear's displays; songs and calls; food and feeding; the nest and nest-building; eggs and the breeding season; from incubation to hatching; care of nestlings; nestling weights; development and behaviour of nestlings; after nesting; independence to migration; the return. Appendices: Scientific names of plants, mammals, birds, insects; number of wheatear pairs breeding on Skokholm; the story of George and Margaret; a list of the common names of the more

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