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The Mating Lives of Birds (MIT Press) Hardcover – August 3, 2012
"A gorgeous coffee table book that combines 140 spectacular photos of birds all around the world with text about the wide variety of calls, displays, and other ways that birds attract each other to mate." -- World Wide Work
"A well illustrated introduction on the subject." -- Ian Paulsen, GRRLSCIENTIST
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Other major sections look at display, personal relationships, nests, eggs and young. It is hard to think of an aspect of breeding that has not been covered - including the murkier side of breeding with unmated male Ospreys mating with paired females when the territorial male is away, and Swallows killing the young from a nest where the original male has disappeared, before taking up with the female and building another nest. There are plenty of useful examples of activity such as role reversal in breeding, monogamy, polygamy and polyandry and also speculative nest building.
The book is liberally illustrated with great photos to back up the situations being explained, and many of these are full page images and double-page spreads. This is an excellent book for someone who wants to understand the processes of breeding, and is looking for an approachable text that explains the facts without becoming too engrossed in detail.