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The Nature HandbookA Guide to Observing the Great Outdoors$
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Ernest H. Williams Jr.

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179293.001.0001

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(p.108) 6. BIRDS
The Nature Handbook

Ernest H. Williams

Oxford University Press

Because of birds' colorful beauty, song, abundance, and flight, millions of people enjoy bird watching (birding). Since people usually first notice the size, color, and shape of a bird, this chapter begins with patterns in their bills, wings, and tails. But people are also curious about bird behavior — vocalizations, flight patterns, nesting activities, and feeding behavior — so behavior is the focus of most of these descriptions, including the dawn chorus, timing of migration, and concealment of seeds for later feeding. Understanding these behaviors increases the enjoyment of bird observation, whether the behavior applies to all birds or only to special cases.

Keywords:   song, flight, birding, bills, nesting, feeding, dawn chorus, behavior, migration

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