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ISBN: 0674074610
Author: Gilbert Waldbauer
Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1st Ed. edition (September 30, 1998)
Pages: 320
Category: Biological Sciences
Subcategory: Science
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 918
Size Fb2: 1367 kb
Size ePub: 1136 kb
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He describes birds whose "profession" is to eat insects; "choosy" blood-sucking insects that feed on only certain birds; parasites living on birds; and the birds' efforts to get rid of them.

The Birder's Bug Book book. In The Birder's Bug Book Gilbert Waldbauer, a veteran entomologist and an accomplished birdwatcher, describes these and many other interactions between birds and insects. A beguiling blend of anecdote, ornithology, and entomology, rendered in the engaging style that has won over scientists and amateur naturalists alike, this book is an excellent introduction to the intricate interplay of insects and birds. With the birds and the bees it's not so much sex as mutual exploitation.

The Birder’s Bug Book is an unusual yet highly engaging thinkpiece devoted to selected topics in natural histor. ew readers are likely to come away from book without acquiring significant new facts and perspectives.

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Gilbert Waldbauer is professor emeritus in the entomology department at the University of Illinois and the author of the highly acclaimed What Good Are Bugs?, The Handy Bug Answer Book, and Millions of Monarchs. Библиографические данные. Insights from Insects: What Bad Bugs Can Teach Us. Автор.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-288) and index

Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-288) and index

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When the first birds appeared on earth about 150 million years ago, the insects were here to greet them. Inevitably the two groups came to exploit each other, and as the eons passed, they became increasingly enmeshed in a complex web of interrelationships--birds eating bugs, blood-sucking insects feeding on birds, parasitic insects infesting birds, and birds struggling to rid themselves of the parasites. In The Birder's Bug Book Gilbert Waldbauer, a veteran entomologist and an accomplished birdwatcher, describes these and many other interactions between birds and insects. A beguiling blend of anecdote, ornithology, and entomology, rendered in the engaging style that has won over scientists and amateur naturalists alike, this book is an excellent introduction to the intricate interplay of insects and birds.

With the birds and the bees it's not so much sex as mutual exploitation. Most birds feed mainly on insects, taking them from the air, from vegetation, and from deep within wood. The insects fight back by camouflaging themselves or by mimicking insects that birds find unpalatable. Many insects suck blood from birds or infest them, lodging in their feathers and nests. The birds fight back by preening, by taking dust or water baths to discourage lice and other bugs, and even by rubbing themselves with ants, whose formic acid repels many insects.

As entertaining as it is informative, The Birder's Bug Book will appeal to all those interested in birds, bugs, and natural history. Profusely illustrated with drawings and color photographs, this book offers a cornucopia of facts about the life history and behavior of insects and birds.

Comments:

Uylo
I gave this book as a gift but had read my copy of it years ago. It is a somewhat esoteric book for birdwatchers but easily readable and really quite fun if you take it a chapter at a time. Anyone who loves to observe nature should read this and understand the import link that exists in the bug world.
Coiril
This book is a thrill-ride from start to end. Unbelievable you say - but it's true. The author's engaging down to earth style makes this read like a movie. I learned more about insects from this book than any other insect book I've started to read and put down. The only other book I can compare it to is David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth. Attenborough is a great writer. And he has amazing pictures. but The Birder's Bug Book is the one I would buy, and would give to my kids. It's just an incredibly fun book to read, and it really reveals (as a previous reviewer has noted) the web of life.
6snake6
This is a very informative, easy to read book that talks about the interrelationships of bugs and birds, how they've evolved together, how bugs try to deter birds, how birds work to overcome the defenses, and how people are playing a role. It goes into detail that is just enough for someone like me who doesn't have a science background but want to know more than tjust the basics. Its got a lot of fun (and not so fun) facts that make you think and simply broaden your perspectives. I'm glad I bought it
Juce
Trying to identify bugs in my area while gardening, I look for books with lots of pictures, hopefully color. While this interesting book has only a few color plates in the center, if one skims through the pages for a quick overview, you'll notice a woodpecker pecking at a tree in the lower right-hand corner of the pages!
Too many people look at my yard, and wonder why I just don't revert to chemicals to kill weeds and bugs. This book does a lot to inform people of the relationship the insects, plants, and birds have to each other and us.
There are several black and white extremely detailed drawings of insects and birds are fantastic from an artistic standpoint also. The text isn't too technical and well describes insects as well as the birds.
Perilanim
Look how cute that owl guy is!

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