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The Ancient Murrelet

The Ancient Murrelet

Anthony J Gaston

The Ancient Murrelet and its three congeners are unique amongst seabirds in that their young are entirely precocial, leaving the nest as soon as they hatch to grow up at sea.

A monograph on this curious and little known seabird, which sprang to prominence with the recent first record for the Western Palaearctic at Lundy Island. Found along the northern Pacific coast, it breeds in burrows, sings in treetops and rears its young entirely at sea. The text covers the history, distribution, status and breeding habitat / behaviour of the species, before describing in detail research work on its behaviour, breeding, population dynamics and conservation.

Tony Gaston has carried out the only detailed study of the bird, in the fine mature coastal forests of the Queen Charlotte Islands. His work has revealed their complex social behaviour, the song behaviour of the males and the species' response to the variety of predators which they face : from Peregrines to Deer Mice.

Print-on-demand - dispatch within 2-3 weeks. 249 pages.

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