White feathers : the nesting lives of tree swallows / Bernd Heinrich
Book | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 2020

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xiv, 232 pages 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- 2010. Starved in the nest -- 2011. Devotion to the last fledgling -- 2012. A successful clutch -- 2013. Clutch size and weather wipeouts -- 2014. Nesting novice ; Experiments with feathers ; Tending the babies -- 2015. A nestling reduction -- 2016. Serial tenancy at the nest-box ; Mating time ; Eggs and more feathers ; Disappearing chicks -- 2017. Dominating of the airspace ; Feather play ; Egg laying and incubation ; Last but not least -- 2018. The apple tree pair ; Latecomer's advantage -- Postscripts -- The literature.
"The surprising, rich life of tree swallows in nesting season -- with Heinrich's beautiful illustrations and photographs -- by the acclaimed naturalist. Heinrich is sparked one early spring day by a question: Why does a pair of swallows in a nest-box close to his Maine cabin show an unvarying preference for white feathers -- not easily available nearby -- as nest lining? He notices, too, the extreme aggressiveness of 'his' swallows toward some other swallows of their own kind. And he wonders, given swallows' reputation for feistiness, at the extraordinary tameness and close contact he experiences with his nesting birds." -- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Heinrich, Bernd, White feathers Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020. 9781328603517 (DLC) 2019024928
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1328604411 hardcover
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