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An Introduction to Animal Behaviour [Paperback]

Aubrey Manning , Marian Stamp Dawkins
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15 May 1998 0521578914 978-0521578912 5
Using its powerful beak, a lorikeet gently preens its mate's feathers; young cheetahs rest together in the shade; fireflies semaphore to each other across a darkened landscape and a mongoose deftly bites its prey to death. The study of animal behaviour is about all these things and more. It involves absolute stillness and violent activity, and all the noises and smells and changes of colour and shape that characterize animal life. Taking the organisation of behaviour within the individual animal as its core, this is a clear, concise and readable textbook introduction to the fascinating world of animal behaviour, investigating Tinbergen's questions of causation, evolution, development and function. It provides lucid accounts of all levels of behaviour from the nerve cell to that of the population. The broad biological approach of this new and re-written edition makes it an excellent choice for all students and teachers of animal behaviour and psychology.

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  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 5 edition (15 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521578914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521578912
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 18.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… an excellent introduction to the study of animal behaviour.' Johan Bolhuis, Animal Behaviour

'An excellent book for all students of ethology, neurobiology, psychology and animal behaviour.' Antonita Harper, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

' … this edition is just as easy to read and as clearly explained as all the previous ones. It will provide an excellent and up-to-date introduction to the broad field of animal behaviour.' Marion Hall, Animal Welfare

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This well-illustrated and readable text introduces animal behaviour in all its glory. Its new, more user-friendly organisation and attractive format, with increased coverage of genetics, development and evolution, is an excellent introduction for all students and teachers of animal behaviour and psychology.

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With great delicacy, a rainbow lorikeet uses its powerful bill for gently preening the feathers around its mate's eye; a flock of starlings sweeps in to roost; a mongoose swiftly and deftly bites its prey to death; young cheetahs rest quietly together, very close to sleep (Fig. 1.1). Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book.. 25 Feb 2013
By Gaga
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..for people who want to get knowledge about basic animal behaviour.
I would highly recommend it to students, really good source of informations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a serious book on the history of animal behaviour 28 April 2001
Reading this book I was so pleased I had a little knowledge of the subject of genetics and behaviour. It is a fascinating study and compares many other works discussing each hyposthesis and showing the development of theories in animal behaviour. It would suit those who wish to read a scientific account of ethology and physiology and the agruments in connection with the study of animals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars book 7 Mar 2013
By anon
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it does exactly what it says on the description for the product, can't really say much more than that in all fairness
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 13 Feb 2013
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This book is really useful, slightly dated but animal behaviour never changes, only thing which changes is the hypothesis.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interest book 22 Feb 2013
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I am getting ready to sit my CPDT-KA and am looking forward to reading this book on animal behavior. It will provide some good insight and allow me to better prepare for the test.
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