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Lovebirds

RRP $15.39

Author Nikki Moustaki certainly cannot resist the splendid lovebird, and her valentine to this irresistible avian wonder is the subject of this Complete Care Made Easy pet guide. This colorful guide offers vital information to both new and experienced bird keepers about this hookbilled parrot, covering all aspects of selecting, caring for, and maintaining well-behaved happy pet birds.
Bird specialist and trainer Moustaki has written an ideal introductory pet guide about lovebirds with chapters on the history and characteristics of lovebirds, selection of a healthy, typical pet bird, housing and care, feeding, training, and health care.

The chapter “A Look at Lovebird Species” gives readers a glimpse into all nine species. Although nine species exist--ranging from red faced to black collared lovebirds —only the peach-faced, black-masked, and Fischer’s are widely available to pet owners.

The selection chapter offers potential owners excellent advice about the three main species of lovebirds and how to select the best one from those available commercially.

In the chapter on housing and care, the author discusses selection of the right cage, placement of the cage, and all the necessary accessories. A bird’s diet is critical to its ongoing health, and the chapter devoted to feeding gives the reader all the info he or she needs about choosing a proper diet for the lovebird .

The final two chapters of the book will be useful for bird fanciers interested in learning more about the breeding and the basic color variations and genetics of this beautiful small parrot. The book concludes with an appendix of bird societies, a glossary of terms, and a complete index.


Great Lakes Birds

RRP $12.99

The 10,000 miles of shoreline surrounding the Great Lakes is an important breeding, feeding and resting area for migrating and resident birds. Great Lakes Birds is the essential guide for the bird lover and nature enthusiast. This beautifully illustrated guide helps to identify over 140 familiar species. A map featuring prominent birding hotspots has been included. Laminated for durability, this lightweight guide will conveniently fold to fit into your pocket. Perfect for observing your backyard feeder guests or those species out on the trail.


Polygyny And Sexual Selection In Red-winged Blackbirds

RRP $252.00


The purpose of this book is to explain why red-winged blackbirds are polygynous and to describe the effects of this mating system on other aspects of the biology of the species. Polygyny is a mating system in which individual males form long-term mating relationships with more than one female at a time. The authors show that females choose to mate polygynously because there is little cost to sharing male parental care in this species, and because females gain protection against nest predation by nesting near other females. Polygyny has the effect of intensifying sexual selection on males by increasing the variance in mating success among males. For females, polygyny means that they will often share a male's territory with other females during the breeding season and will thus be forced to adapt to frequent female-female interactions.


This work reviews the results of many studies by other researchers, as well as presenting the authors' own results. Studies of red-winged blackbirds have ranged from long-term investigations of reproductive success and demography, to research on genetic parentage based on modern molecular methods, to a variety of experimental manipulations of ecological circumstances and behavior. Since the red-winged blackbird is one of the best studied species of any taxa in terms of its behavior and ecology, the authors have a particularly extensive body of results on which to base their conclusions.


Originally published in 1995.


The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.



A Matter Of Breeding

RRP $42.95

October, 1901. Lawyer and private enquiries agent Karl Werthen accepts an assignment to protect the famous Irish writer Bram Stoker while on a speaking tour of Vienna. Meanwhile, his colleague, renowned criminologist Dr Hanns Gross has been called away to advise on a bizarre series of murders near his hometown of Graz, in the Austrian province of Styria. Three women have been killed with strange mutilations and scarring patterns left on their bodies. The third, most recent victim has had her unborn baby cut out of her womb. Clues have been left at each scene; clues that have been clearly mentioned in Gross' handbook for magistrates, Criminal Investigation. A coincidence? Dr Gross thinks not. Meanwhile, back in Vienna, Werthen's wife Berthe is investigating what seems to be a fraudulent breeding scheme involving the prized Lipizzaner horses. Could the two investigations possibly be connected? Matters become complicated with Werthen and Stoker's arrival in Graz. For, having read wild newspaper accounts of vampire killings, the Dracula author insists they investigate.


Angry Birds : Seasons

RRP $27.95

Circle the globe with National Geographic and the Angry Birds as the lovable characters discover and partake in the world's greatest holidays, festivals, and celebrations. The birds will celebrate the Chinese New Year in Beijing before traveling to Venice, Italy for Carnival.

The Angry Birds--and readers--will learn all about cultural traditions around the world and come to understand the rituals and customs that go along with celebrating the biggest events of the year. Archival and modern National Geographic photography will accompany the text, and 'Festive Facts' will give the book a distinctive visual style that is unique to National Geographic. This is the fifth book that National Geographic and Angry Birds creator, Rovio, have partnered on to bring education and entertainment to readers of every age.

About the Authors

Amy Briggs, writer and Angry Birds addict, specializes in books on space, animals, and weird facts about the world. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and daughter, who are very understanding about her Angry Birds habit. Peter Vesterbacka (Foreword) is the chief marketing officer and Mighty Eagle of Rovio. Peter drives the company's marketing and brand strategy, taking Angry Birds to new and unexpected places.



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