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Jerry Correa. Annie Reid. They are a great editorial team who greatly improved the book's content, accuracy, and clarity. My wife, Sally Conyne.

Equally appreciated has been the advice for almost 50 years of my three primary mentors in ornithology-Wesley E. Robert W. Storer, and Harrison B. Since earliest records of humankind, birds have served as symbols of peace and war, as subjects of an, as objects for study and for sport. Birds and their eggs range from the most exotic to the commonplace. Their command of our imagination is not surprising. Huge eagles and bright parrots course over the rain forests of the world, and bustards.

These highly mobile creatures are travelers of the long distance and the short. Some birds, such as the Nicobar Pigeon in Indonesia, move incessantly i' island to island, whereas others are master navigators, traveling phenomenal distances. And birds please the eye. Little in nature is more extravagant than the Twelvewired Bird-of..

Paradise, more subtly beautiful than the Evening Grosbeak. To understand their language was to understand the gods. To interpret the meaning of the tlight of birds was to foretell the future.

Our words augury and auspice literally mean "bird talk" and "bird view. This practice still prevails in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. As symbols of ideology and inspiration, birds have figured largely in many religions and in most cultures. The dove was a symbol of motherhood in Mesopotamia and was especially associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.

For the Phoenicians, Syrians, and Greeks, the dove was the voice of oracles. In Islam, it is said to call the faithful to prayer. Dearing an olive branch in its bill, the dove continues to be a potent symbol of peace. In contrast. The eagle appeared as a symbol in Western civilization as early as B.

In Greek mythology, the eagle was the messenger of Zeus. At least since Roman times, the symbolic eagle in Europe was the Golden Eagle, and that species also was the war symbol of many North American natives at the time of early English settlement. In , the Bald Eagle became the symbol of the tledgling United States. Less conunon than the eagle, but prevalent in myth and legend. As Apollo's messenger, the raven reported a nymph's infidelity and, as a consequence, Apollo changed the bird's color fi' white to black.

After 40 days, Noah sent forth both ;1 dove and ;1 raven to discover whether the floodwaters had receded. The faithless raven, according to some accounts, did not return and so earned Noah's curse and, once again, a color change from white to black, The belief in the raven's color change appears in a Greenland Eskimo legend in which the Snowy Owl, long the raven's best friend.

In other legends, the raven plays a more favorable role. Native North American folklore described the raven's generosity in sharing its food with men stranded by floodwaters.

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Norse sailors, like Hindu sailors half a world away, carried ravens. Two ravens are said to have guided Alexander the Great through a dust storm his long journey across the Egyptian desert to consult the prophet at the Temple of Ammon.

Diversity of Human Interest in Birds Not only is our association with birds as old as human society, it is characterized by the diversity of our interest in them.

We can do no more here than to consider a few examples of that diversity and, through those examples, come finally to the rich and varied science of ornithology. The earliest records indicate that eggs have always been part of the human diet. The Romans developed large-scale breeding and raising of poultry tor food, but the practice Oil that scale disappeared after the fall of the Rornan Empire and did not reappear in Europe until the nineteenth century.

The first American poultry exhibition was held in Boston in] R49, and, in Now in its latest edition. At present. The pigeon has had a dual role as a carrier and as a prized food. There were ancient pigeon posts in Babylon, and the bird was used as a carrier ill early Egyptian dynasties.

The use of carrier pigeons as messengers was conunonplace in Roman times and continued into the twentieth century until the invention of the radio and widespread use of the telegraph and telephone.

Falconry is enjoying a modest renaissance. Originating perhaps as long ago as 2UOO B. After a sharp decline in l-eregrine Falcons and several small accipiters in Europe and North America in the]LJ6fls, breeding and release programs arose; and now the ancient sport, with its historical tradition of studying and protecting birds of prey, is being revived. The use of feathers as ornamentation was widespread among North and South American peoples, ill Africa, and in the Western Pacific from the earliest known times.

The elaborate feather capes of the Hawaiian kings and the feather mosaics of the Mayas and Aztecs were works of art. Among native North Americans, particular uses of feathers as badges of rank and status were common, Feather clothing was also common for protection hom v v eather, much as goose clown is widely used today. Birds have always beL'11 inf1uential in the arts.

The earliest piece of English secular music of which we know, "Surner ls lcumen In," is a canon for four voices and the words are those of the thirteenth-century lyric in which the cuckoo welcomes summer with its song. The cuckoo.

The eighteenth-century composer Boccherini wrote a string quintet called "The Aviary," perhaps the first complex composition in which a number of birds are imitated.

Composers Maurice Ravel and Bela Bartok used bird songs in their works tor orchestra, voice, and piano. Birds as subject and as metaphor are found trcqucntlv in opera. Wagner wrote all aria about owls, ravens, jackdaws, and magpies for Die Meistcrsinoer. In what is probably the most popular al-ia in the most popular opera of all time, the "Habanera" in Bizet's Carmen, the opening words are "Love is a rebel bird that one is able to tame.

In Egyptian tombs at Thebes, very accurate bird paintings appeared before 2 OO In Knossos. Among the most vibrant and brilliantly colored Roman mosaics are those of birds. Among twentieth-century artists, Matisse and Picasso showed recurring interest in birds, and Brancusi's sleek birds in both chrome and stone arc memorable.

Birds are ubiquitous in literature. For its perfect matching of avian and human characteristics, Aristophanes' comedy The Birds, has been described as an "ornithomorphic view of man.

Some lyric poets were excellent ornithologists, notably the seventeenth-century Englishmen Michael Drayton and Andrew Marvell, whose descriptions of birds are very precise.

More recently, Shelley's skylark, Keats's nightingale, and Yeats's swan have become the best-known birds in English literature. Beginning as early as the fifteenth century, books with numerous bird illustrations began to appear. By the turn of the twentieth century. Standing on the shoulders of their predecessors, a host of brilliant and talented bird artists have created works that prevail in beautiful books, in wildlife art shows, and in field guides that just get better and better.

Now supplementing the rich modern treasury of twentieth-century bird illustrations are amazing photographs and videos that Liljefors, Thorburn, and Fuertes could never have en visioned.

Birds figure prominently in all of Aristotle's work in natural history. Alexander of Myndos. Only fragments survive in quotation. Pliny the Elder A. He summarized the work of some SOU ancient authors and offered his own critical point of view. Aelian A. Until the Renaissance, our knowledge of the natural history of birds depended largely on these writers and other Greek and Roman writers.

They told us much that was reliable, but they also left us with many wrong notions. The dove was a symbol of motherhood in Mesopotamia and was especially associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.

For the Phoenicians, Syrians, and Greeks, the dove was the voice of oracles. In Islam, it is said to call the faithful to prayer. Dearing an olive branch in its bill, the dove continues to be a potent symbol of peace.

In contrast. The eagle appeared as a symbol in Western civilization as early as B. In Greek mythology, the eagle was the messenger of Zeus. At least since Roman times, the symbolic eagle in Europe was the Golden Eagle, and that species also was the war symbol of many North American natives at the time of early English settlement. In , the Bald Eagle became the symbol of the tledgling United States.

Less conunon than the eagle, but prevalent in myth and legend. As Apollo's messenger, the raven reported a nymph's infidelity and, as a consequence, Apollo changed the bird's color fi' white to black. After 40 days, Noah sent forth both ;1 dove and ;1 raven to discover whether the floodwaters had receded. The faithless raven, according to some accounts, did not return and so earned Noah's curse and, once again, a color change from white to black, The belief in the raven's color change appears in a Greenland Eskimo legend in which the Snowy Owl, long the raven's best friend.

In other legends, the raven plays a more favorable role. Native North American folklore described the raven's generosity in sharing its food with men stranded by floodwaters. Norse sailors, like Hindu sailors half a world away, carried ravens. Two ravens are said to have guided Alexander the Great through a dust storm his long journey across the Egyptian desert to consult the prophet at the Temple of Ammon. Diversity of Human Interest in Birds Not only is our association with birds as old as human society, it is characterized by the diversity of our interest in them.

We can do no more here than to consider a few examples of that diversity and, through those examples, come finally to the rich and varied science of ornithology.

The earliest records indicate that eggs have always been part of the human diet. The Romans developed large-scale breeding and raising of poultry tor food, but the practice Oil that scale disappeared after the fall of the Rornan Empire and did not reappear in Europe until the nineteenth century.

The first American poultry exhibition was held in Boston in] R49, and, in Now in its latest edition. At present. The pigeon has had a dual role as a carrier and as a prized food. There were ancient pigeon posts in Babylon, and the bird was used as a carrier ill early Egyptian dynasties.

The use of carrier pigeons as messengers was conunonplace in Roman times and continued into the twentieth century until the invention of the radio and widespread use of the telegraph and telephone. Falconry is enjoying a modest renaissance.

Originating perhaps as long ago as 2UOO B. After a sharp decline in l-eregrine Falcons and several small accipiters in Europe and North America in the]LJ6fls, breeding and release programs arose; and now the ancient sport, with its historical tradition of studying and protecting birds of prey, is being revived. The use of feathers as ornamentation was widespread among North and South American peoples, ill Africa, and in the Western Pacific from the earliest known times.

The elaborate feather capes of the Hawaiian kings and the feather mosaics of the Mayas and Aztecs were works of art. Among native North Americans, particular uses of feathers as badges of rank and status were common, Feather clothing was also common for protection hom v v eather, much as goose clown is widely used today.

Birds have always beL'11 inf1uential in the arts. The earliest piece of English secular music of which we know, "Surner ls lcumen In," is a canon for four voices and the words are those of the thirteenth-century lyric in which the cuckoo welcomes summer with its song.

The cuckoo. The eighteenth-century composer Boccherini wrote a string quintet called "The Aviary," perhaps the first complex composition in which a number of birds are imitated. Composers Maurice Ravel and Bela Bartok used bird songs in their works tor orchestra, voice, and piano.

Birds as subject and as metaphor are found trcqucntlv in opera. Wagner wrote all aria about owls, ravens, jackdaws, and magpies for Die Meistcrsinoer. In what is probably the most popular al-ia in the most popular opera of all time, the "Habanera" in Bizet's Carmen, the opening words are "Love is a rebel bird that one is able to tame.

In Egyptian tombs at Thebes, very accurate bird paintings appeared before 2 OO In Knossos. Among the most vibrant and brilliantly colored Roman mosaics are those of birds. Among twentieth-century artists, Matisse and Picasso showed recurring interest in birds, and Brancusi's sleek birds in both chrome and stone arc memorable. Birds are ubiquitous in literature.

For its perfect matching of avian and human characteristics, Aristophanes' comedy The Birds, has been described as an "ornithomorphic view of man. Some lyric poets were excellent ornithologists, notably the seventeenth-century Englishmen Michael Drayton and Andrew Marvell, whose descriptions of birds are very precise.

More recently, Shelley's skylark, Keats's nightingale, and Yeats's swan have become the best-known birds in English literature. Beginning as early as the fifteenth century, books with numerous bird illustrations began to appear. By the turn of the twentieth century.

Standing on the shoulders of their predecessors, a host of brilliant and talented bird artists have created works that prevail in beautiful books, in wildlife art shows, and in field guides that just get better and better. Now supplementing the rich modern treasury of twentieth-century bird illustrations are amazing photographs and videos that Liljefors, Thorburn, and Fuertes could never have en visioned.

Birds figure prominently in all of Aristotle's work in natural history. Alexander of Myndos. Only fragments survive in quotation. Pliny the Elder A.

He summarized the work of some SOU ancient authors and offered his own critical point of view. Aelian A. Until the Renaissance, our knowledge of the natural history of birds depended largely on these writers and other Greek and Roman writers. They told us much that was reliable, but they also left us with many wrong notions. The quotations from Alexander's work are based on close and accurate observation, but Aelian was steadfastly uncritical of his sources and perpetuated two remarkably wrong notions about the behavior of cranes: one.

A major step toward modern ornithology was the growth of field observation ill the eighteenth century. In , Gilbert White,. His observations of birds were marvelously precise and beautifully expressed. But he also asked incisive questions about the basic biology of birds, about species, ecological niches, physiology, and migration. Many of his curiosities still pertain to research in ornithology. Contemporary ornithology has benefited from years of careful field observation by devoted amateurs who followed Gilbert White, as well as by professional ornithologists.

Ornithology Today Our knowledge of birds is more complete than that of most other classes of animals. Owing in part to this wealth of information and in part to their attributes, birds feature prominently in primary biological studies. By the middle of the s, birds provided more textbook examples of biological phenomena than any other class of vertebrates.

Advances in ornithology have been honored with some of the highest awards, The pioneering works of Niko Tinbergen on the evolution of behavior with gulls and of Konrad Lorenz with ducks and geese earned them a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. In cell biology and medicine.

Albert Szcnt-Gy6rgyi was awarded a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for the elucidation of the Krebs cycle 6'0L11 studies of pigeon breast muscle, as did Payton ROllS tor studies of avian sarcoma that linked viruses to cancer for the first time. Broadly speaking, birds have been central to advances in speciation theory and the deciphering of historical relations.

The greatest contribution of bird studies has been their role in increasing our knowledge of population and community ecology. Birds increasingly play central roles in advanced studies of breeding systems, including the dynamics of sexual selection, the roles of kinship and cooperation, and the often subtle strategies employed to maximize lifetime reproductive success.

Birds invite study of the effects of natural stimuli on physiology and behavior because they maintain their natural behavior in captivity and, to some degree, because they are long-lived. The same attributes spur study of the environmental control of reproduction, including the roles of circadian and circannual rhythms. Above all, birds are preeminent subjects for the experimental study of navigation. When trained to t1y in a wind tunnel, they enable detailed analysis of the intricacies of powered flight.

Grabbing headlines also are the regular revelations about how birds use their extraordinary senses. We cannot see color differences in the near ultraviolet without special equipment. Birds have starred in the study of the interplay between inheritance and learning, mediated by the central nervous system.

The early development of bird song provides one of the best working models of how a complex, learned motor skill develops. Neurobiologists can track how specific parts of the brain's song system participate in the process of song development.

Research all neural pathways that control song and spatial memory in birds led to a major discovery: the fine structure of the adult brain is dynamic, not static. Adult songbirds call torrn new neurons, replace old ones, and reallocate brain space appropriately to seasonal efforts, whether relocating hidden seeds ill the or learning new songs in the spring.

Their public appeal motivates millions of people to take time to observe them, to count them, to care about their well-being, and to act all their behalf Added to their public appeal and economic power is their potential political power. Birds are sensitive barometers of the environment. Recall Rachel Carson's Silent Spri! Failures of seabird reproduction also heralded the El Nino phenomenon of the Pacific Ocean, which meteorologists now recognize as a driving force of annual climate events.

Besides urbanization and modern modes of transportation, mechanized agriculture and forcsrry have severe effects on bird habitats and populations. Because of their seasonal migrations between till' continents, birds more than other animals help us to understand the global nature of these effects.

A few stories of extinction in modern times are well known. Less well known is an extraordinary stOlY of a battle won by the birds.

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It took place in Western Australia in and is known as tilt' Emu War. At the time, it attracted much attention and was covered by the press. It seems that some 20, emus threatened wheat fields. Soldiers employing machine guns and artillery spent a month attacking the birds.

The emus. This made the lise of military equipment uneconomic. A satisfactory outcome indeed. Perhaps through basic research and thoughtful practice, birds will continue to charm and fascinate us throughout our own existence. They afe lively; they are lovely; and they are everywhere.

IAttenbol"Ough From its skin evolved a novel and empowering structure-the feather. Feathered insulation enhanced its ability to control its high body temperature, th ere by increasing its activity and endurance. Extensions of feathers on forelimbs and tails led to powerful, gracef.

Mastery of flight opened a world of ecological opportunities, and a new group of vertebrates-the Class Aves-evolved, and then thrived.Standing on the shoulders of their predecessors, a host of brilliant and talented bird artists have created works that prevail in beautiful books, in wildlife art shows, and in field guides that just get better and better.

After 40 days, Noah sent forth both ;1 dove and ;1 raven to discover whether the floodwaters had receded. Dead structures that wear easily and must be replaced FIGURE The courtship display of the King Bird-of-Paradise deploys its full array of elaborate feathers, including racquet-tipped wire tai I feathers.

It seems that some 20, emus threatened wheat fields. Until the Renaissance, our knowledge of the natural history of birds depended largely on these writers and other Greek and Roman writers. JefF Ciprioni.

For the Phoenicians, Syrians, and Greeks, the dove was the voice of oracles.