By Alexander F. Skutch, Dana Gardner
Captivated whereas nonetheless younger through the elegance and large quantity of the tropics, Alexander Skutch, world-renowned ornithologist and writer of twelve books on tropical birds, resolved to commit his existence to its research and interpretation. For good over part a century, he has painstakingly saw the creatures that encompass him, quite the birds, and he has inspiration lengthy and deeply - probably greater than so much naturalists - in regards to the value of this plentiful existence. during this reflective account of lifestyles within the tropics, Skutch bargains readers either his observations and his interpretations of what he has skilled. He brings a considerate, unequaled voice to the outline of the area he has grown to understand and comprehend, a global thought of forbidding by way of so much northerners and nonetheless mostly unexplored.
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I. Title. 298 86-25079 ISBN 0-87745-163-x Title page: diurnal moths, Urania fulgens, on unrolling fern frond No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, without permission in writing from the publisher. Page v Contents Preface vii 1. The Foundations of Tropical Splendor 1 2. A Valiant Dove 6 3. The Birth of Beauty 14 4. Castlebuilders 23 5. Parental Care and Family Life in Birds and Mammals 40 6.
After a spell of work, the female may join her mate on the ground, where they touch bills and nibble the feathers of each other's necks. One nest was built in three or four days. Compared to the exquisitely finished constructions of many birds, pigeons' nests are crudely built. Those of White-tipped Doves are no exception to this rule, although they are often more substantial than the nests of some other species. 5 or 15 centimeters) in diameter, not including the projecting ends of sticks. Among the 350 pieces in one nest were weed stems, straws, twigs, dry pieces of vines, fragments of fern fronds, and rootless.
When an animal threatens feathered young, they may owe their lives to a parent's watchful presence at this critical moment. When eggs or flightless nestlings are present, the parent does not so readily abandon the nest at the approach of danger, real or apparent. One day a boy led me to a nest he had found in a small coffee plantation. Well above our heads in a Page 11 shade tree, the dove felt so secure that it sat firmly while we shook the supporting branch. Next morning I returned with a long stick and a mirror to see what the nest contained.
A naturalist amid tropical splendor by Alexander F. Skutch, Dana Gardner