By Ben Morgan
This remarkable consultant offers the tremendous and various global of birds, from tiny South American hummingbirds to flightless Antarctic penguins.
Extraordinary images and expertly written textual content on habit, habitats, and social constructions current birds in larger aspect than younger readers have ever seen.
DK advisor to Birds is ideal for kids enthusiastic about animals and wanting to examine even more approximately them.
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Extra resources for DK Guide to Birds
Then they sit in the nest, and turning round and round, push themselves against it to form a perfectly sized cup. Feathers provide warmth. COMMUNAL LIVING In the deserts of southern Africa, sociable weaver birds build gigantic straw nests that house up to 100 families. From a distance they look like haystacks dropped on trees, but close inspection reveals a gallery of entrance tunnels on the underside. The nests can last for 100 years, and they provide both a cool refuge from midday heat and a warm shelter on chilly nights.
A male great spotted woodpecker delivers food to his family. Birds that nest in colonies keep a careful distance from their neighbours. LESS IS MORE For many seabirds, a nest is little more than a scrape in the ground or a rocky ledge on a cliff. Gentoo penguins build simple mounds of pebbles, sticks, and grass. To impress their mates, the males collect pebbles of the same size and colour and arrange them in a neat ring around the nest. A tightly woven hem around the entrance stops this nest from unravelling.
Being flightless, the great auk had no defences against European sailors, who hunted it to extinction. The last bird was clubbed to death by collectors in June 1844. 59 DK GUIDE TO BIRDS STRANGE BUT TRUE B things. Magpies and jays are famous for their strange habit of hoarding shiny trinkets such as coins and jewellery in their nests, but nobody knows why they do it. And some birds seem to do things just for fun. In Iceland, eider ducks have been seen white-water rafting down rivers and then waddling back to the start point to do it again, and Adelie penguins sometimes sledge down ice slides for a thrill.