The Kookaburras' Song: Exploring Animal Behavior in Australia, 1st Edition

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Not only are the animals exotic, their behavior sets them apart, too; Australia, as shown here, is a veritable paradise for the zoologist. Alcock (Sonoran Desert Spring), who spent a year there observing wildlife on beaches, in forests and deserts, introduces us to 27 species of birds, mammals and insects with particular focus on how they have adapted to environmental conditions. One species of bird (bell miner) manages its food supply for long-term benefits; another, the superb blue wren, practices reproductive cooperation, and nonbreeders help to feed the young. Alcock points out that neither marsupials (kangaroo, opossum) nor monotremes (platypus, echidna) are inferior mammals; each is superbly adapted to its environment. Also examined are water wasps and hangingflies, flying foxes (fruit bats), fairy penguins and bowerbirds. Those who admire the works of Stephen Jay Gould will want to read this one. First serial to Natural History Magazine; Natural History Book Club alternate.
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"A gem . . . this book will hold the attention of any curious birder. It should be required reading for all nature enthusiasts bound for Australia."—Birder's World

"Fascinating natural history accounts of some of Australia's wildlife, illustrated with fine pen-and-ink drawings. Most Americans are unaware of the rich and unique diversity of Australian wildlife. This book helps to fill that information gap in a delightful way."—Wildlife Book Review

"The surprising thing is that this book should prove to be so entertaining to the nonspecialist. One reason for this is that Alcock, nicely self-ironic and blessed with a contagious sense of humor, wears his scholarship so lightly. . . . [A] lively, unpretentious, thoroughly readable little book."—Washington Post

"Not only are the animals exotic, their behavior sets them apart, too. . . . Those who admire the works of Stephen Jay Gould will want to read this one."—Publishers Weekly

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