An Introduction to Animal Behaviour

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Using its powerful beak, a lorikeet gently preens its mate's feathers; young cheetahs rest together in the shade; fireflies semaphore to each other across a darkened landscape and a mongoose deftly bites its prey to death. The study of animal behavior is about all these things and more. It involves absolute stillness and violent activity, all the noises and smells and changes of color and shape that characterize animal life. Taking the organization of behavior within the individual animal as its core, this clear, concise and readable foray into the fascinating world of animal behavior investigates Tinbergen's questions of causation, evolution, development and function. It provides lucid accounts of all levels of behavior from the nerve cell to that of the population. The broad biological approach of this new, rewritten edition makes it an excellent choice for all students of animal behavior and psychology and their teachers.

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This well-illustrated, lucid and readable text introduces animal behaviour in all its fascinating complexity. Focusing on the individual, its broad biological approach links physiology, ethology and comparative psychology from the level of nerve cells to that of the population. Its new, more user-friendly organisation and attractive format, together with increased coverage of genetics, development and evolution represents an excellent introduction to the topic for all students of animal behaviour and psychology and their teachers.

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'... an excellent introduction to the study of animal behaviour.' Johan Bolhuis, Animal Behaviour

'An excellent book for all students of ethology, neurobiology, psychology and animal behaviour.' Antonita Harper, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

' ... this edition is just as easy to read and as clearly explained as all the previous ones. It will provide an excellent and up-to-date introduction to the broad field of animal behaviour.' Marion Hall, Animal Welfare

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