The Barnacle Goose

The Barnacle Goose

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The Barnacle Goose, a distinctive, handsome black-and-white bird, gets its name from a mediaeval myth that the birds hatched from barnacles how else to explain their sudden appearance each autumn in northern Britain? We now know, of course, that the birds migrate from Arctic Russia, Norway and Svalbard to winter throughout northern Europe. This book represents a culmination of more than 25 years of Barnacle Goose research. It represents the story of one of Europe's most celebrated long-term behavioral studies, detailing the lives of these social and sociable birds. Chapters include sections on pair formation and bonding, family and population dynamics, brood parasitism, food and feeding, size and shape in different populations, life cycle, survivorship, dispersal, migration, and conservation, with particular regard to climate change. It is a rigorous and thorough examination of the lives of these birds, in fine Poyser tradition.Breeding timetable of Svalbard and Baltic populations compared. Arctic birds have a tight schedule with the tundra starting to clear from snow (indicated by the shading) only after incubation has begun. In autumn ... (1997a) and Prop (2004).

Title:The Barnacle Goose
Author:Jeffrey M. Black, Jouke Prop, Kjell Larsson
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing - 2014-12-18


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