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Avian desert predators

Springer Verlag

Titre : Avian desert predators

Series : Adaptations of Desert Organisms

Auteur : William E Cook
Editeur : Springer Verlag
Date de parution : 1997
Pages : 128

Birds are not particularly well suited to desert life. Unlike mammals, they are generally active during the day and do not usually go underground to escape the intense desert heat. Among the few types of birds that have successfully invaded the desert ecosystem are the predators. Many species of hawks, owls, roadrunners, vultures, and shrikes survive very well in deserts. What attributes make this group especially suited to desert life ? How have they augmented their abilities to cope with the harsh constraints imposed by the desert habitat ? These are among the issues explored in this new volume, which brings together much of the current research on adaptations of avian desert predators.


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