hawk: Breeding ecology & natural history of a winged huntsman.
The Cooper’s hawk presents the
general reader and professional biologists interested in birds and nature, with
an authoritative account of the breeding biology of what is perhaps the most
abundant, backyard breeding raptor in North America. This urban status exists
despite cross-generational human persecution through shooting of individuals
and indirect felling of forests, their apparent preferred nesting habitat.
Using conversational prose, the natural history of the bird’s diet, including
bird feeder use and disease concerns, courtship behavior, and the ecological
themes of breeding density, reproductive success, and adult survivorship are
described. There too is a focus on how and why fieldwork is conducted on this
ubiquitous city dweller who preys mostly on birds, or ‘urban fast food.’ How
urban birds may differ from their rural counterparts is addressed, and
especially highlighted is the novel aspect of reproductive deceit in this
red-eyed, blue-backed predator, as, unlike all other birds of prey studied to
date, it is highly promiscuous. The text is complemented with original art and
especially crisp photographs that demonstrate this bird’s natural history.
By Robert N. Rosenfield
Soft cover book, 164 pages, 1lb,
size is 8.5 x 5.5, 73 color photos, 5 illustrations. Published summer of 2018
5182 - The Cooper’s hawk:
Breeding ecology & natural history of a winged huntsman. $34.95