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Bird Display
An Introduction to the Study of Bird Psychology


  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107511576

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  • Originally published in 1942, this book is an introduction to the study of bird psychology. Armstrong covers a wide variety of subjects relating to 'ceremonials' and other rituals conducted by various species of birds, including social hierarchy, courtship, song and arena displays. The text is illustrated with a variety of photographs illustrating some of the practices described. This book will be valuable to anyone with an interest in the conduct and communication of birds.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107511576
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 220 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. The ceremonial of the gannet
    2. The evolution of nest-building
    3. Courtship feeding
    4. Ceremonial gaping
    5. The significance of related ceremonies
    6. Disablement reactions. I. Trance-states
    7. Disablement reactions. II. 'Injury-feigning'
    8. The expression of the emotions
    9. Greeting and other ceremonies
    10. Mutual and reciprocal ceremonies
    11. The evolution of social ceremonies
    12. The function of social ceremonies
    13. The social hierarchy in bird life
    14. The dances of birds and men
    15. Arena displays
    16. Arena displays and sex ratio
    17. Territory, song and song-flight
    18. The significance of display
    19. The relationship between the physiological and psychological aspects of display
    List of scientific names
    Index: Part I. Birds and other organisms
    Part II. Subjects
    Part III. Authors.

  • Author

    Edward A. Armstrong

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