Kea, Bird of Paradox: The Evolution and Behavior of a New Zealand Parrot

Valutazione media 3,79
( su 14 valutazioni fornite da Goodreads )
 
9780520213395: Kea, Bird of Paradox: The Evolution and Behavior of a New Zealand Parrot

The kea, a crow-sized parrot that lives in the rugged mountains of New Zealand, is considered by some a playful comic and by others a vicious killer. Its true character is a mystery that biologists have debated for more than a century. Judy Diamond and Alan Bond have written a comprehensive account of the kea's contradictory nature, and their conclusions cast new light on the origins of behavioral flexibility and the problem of species survival in human environments everywhere.

New Zealand's geological remoteness has made the country home to a bizarre assemblage of plants and animals that are wholly unlike anything found elsewhere. Keas are native only to the South Island, breeding high in the rigorous, unforgiving environment of the Southern Alps. Bold, curious, and ingeniously destructive, keas have a complex social system that includes extensive play behavior. Like coyotes, crows, and humans, keas are "open-program" animals with an unusual ability to learn and to create new solutions to whatever problems they encounter.

Diamond and Bond present the kea's story from historical and contemporary perspectives and include observations from their years of field work. A comparison of the kea's behavior and ecology with that of its closest relative, the kaka of New Zealand's lowland rain forests, yields insights into the origins of the kea's extraordinary adaptability. The authors conclude that the kea's high level of sociality is a key factor in the flexible lifestyle that probably evolved in response to the alpine habitat's unreliable food resources and has allowed the bird to survive the extermination of much of its original ecosystem. But adaptability has its limits, as the authors make clear when describing present-day interactions between keas and humans and the attempts to achieve a peaceful coexistence.

Le informazioni nella sezione "Riassunto" possono far riferimento a edizioni diverse di questo titolo.

Review:

New Zealand, noted life scientist Jared Diamond has remarked, offers science an approximation of studying life on other planets, because the islands of New Zealand lie so distant from other landmasses that their flora and fauna are markedly unlike those of other places. Of particular interest to biologists is the kea, Nestor notabilis, a small parrot found only in the alpine beech forests of South Island, and one that has evolved in curious ways. A survivor of the great wave of extinctions that occurred when humans arrived in New Zealand a thousand years ago, the kea has long been hunted, especially by European ranchers who found it a danger to their livestock--for, as Judy Diamond and Alan Bond write, while the kea once preferred to feed on insect larvae, it shifted its dietary habits with the arrival of new food sources. This transformation, the authors suggest, speaks to the bird's adaptability and intelligence. With the change to carrion eating, the kea's population grew, although it is now again in decline. And with that change, the authors write, new characteristics emerged, so that kea groups are now male-dominated, aggressive, and hierarchically organized, unusually so for an avian species. Diamond and Bond have conducted long-scale fieldwork among keas in their native habitat, and their well-written study speaks beyond the description of one species to the benefits--and limitations--of evolutionary flexibility in general. --Gregory McNamee

About the Author:

Judy Diamond is Associate Professor and Assistant Director for Public Programs at the University of Nebraska State Museum. Alan B. Bond is Research Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska.

Le informazioni nella sezione "Su questo libro" possono far riferimento a edizioni diverse di questo titolo.

I migliori risultati di ricerca su AbeBooks

1.

Diamond, Judy; Bond, Alan B.
Editore: University of California Press, Berkeley (1999)
ISBN 10: 0520213394 ISBN 13: 9780520213395
Nuovi Rilegato Quantità: 1
Da
Z & Z Books
(Newburyport, MA, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro University of California Press, Berkeley, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. 240pp. ills. photos. An account of this small and controversial New Zealand parrot's habits, evolution & encounters with mankind. Examines the Kea's social system, play behaviors, ability to learn, adaptability and problem solving. Many illustrations and observations from the authors' years of field study. Data tables on foraging & play behavior; notes references, index. Cloth. New/New. 8vo. Codice libro della libreria 008114

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 13,29
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 3,83
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

2.

Judy Diamond; Alan B. Bond
Editore: University of California Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0520213394 ISBN 13: 9780520213395
Nuovi Rilegato Quantità: 1
Da
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro University of California Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0520213394

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 21,03
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

3.

Judy Diamond, Alan B. Bond
Editore: University of California Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0520213394 ISBN 13: 9780520213395
Nuovi Rilegato Quantità: 1
Da
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro University of California Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0520213394

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 19,47
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 3,43
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

4.

Diamond, Judy; Bond, Alan B.
Editore: University of California Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0520213394 ISBN 13: 9780520213395
Nuovi Rilegato Quantità: 1
Da
Buteo Books
(Arrington, VA, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro University of California Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. The Kea is considered by some a playful comic and to others a vicious killer. This is a comprehensive account of the Kea's contradictory nature, castling light on the origins of behavioral flexibility. Codice libro della libreria 11222

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 31,82
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 4,29
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

5.

Diamond, Judy, Bond, Alan B.
Editore: University of California Press (2017)
ISBN 10: 0520213394 ISBN 13: 9780520213395
Nuovi Rilegato Quantità: 2
Print on Demand
Da
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro University of California Press, 2017. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. This item is printed on demand. Codice libro della libreria P110520213394

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 37,31
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 2,57
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

6.

Judy Diamond
Editore: University of California Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0520213394 ISBN 13: 9780520213395
Nuovi Quantità: 1
Da
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro University of California Press, 1999. HRD. Condizione libro: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Codice libro della libreria WF-9780520213395

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 34,55
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 10,05
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

7.

Judy Diamond, Alan B. Bond
Editore: University of California Press, United States (1999)
ISBN 10: 0520213394 ISBN 13: 9780520213395
Nuovi Rilegato Quantità: 1
Da
The Book Depository
(London, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro University of California Press, United States, 1999. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book. The kea, a crow-sized parrot that lives in the rugged mountains of New Zealand, is considered by some a playful comic and by others a vicious killer. Its true character is a mystery that biologists have debated for more than a century. Judy Diamond and Alan Bond have written a comprehensive account of the kea s contradictory nature, and their conclusions cast new light on the origins of behavioral flexibility and the problem of species survival in human environments everywhere. New Zealand s geological remoteness has made the country home to a bizarre assemblage of plants and animals that are wholly unlike anything found elsewhere. Keas are native only to the South Island, breeding high in the rigorous, unforgiving environment of the Southern Alps. Bold, curious, and ingeniously destructive, keas have a complex social system that includes extensive play behavior. Like coyotes, crows, and humans, keas are open-program animals with an unusual ability to learn and to create new solutions to whatever problems they encounter. Diamond and Bond present the kea s story from historical and contemporary perspectives and include observations from their years of field work.A comparison of the kea s behavior and ecology with that of its closest relative, the kaka of New Zealand s lowland rain forests, yields insights into the origins of the kea s extraordinary adaptability. The authors conclude that the kea s high level of sociality is a key factor in the flexible lifestyle that probably evolved in response to the alpine habitat s unreliable food resources and has allowed the bird to survive the extermination of much of its original ecosystem. But adaptability has its limits, as the authors make clear when describing present-day interactions between keas and humans and the attempts to achieve a peaceful coexistence. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780520213395

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 45,57
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

8.

Judy Diamond, Alan B. Bond
Editore: University of California Press, United States (1999)
ISBN 10: 0520213394 ISBN 13: 9780520213395
Nuovi Rilegato Quantità: 1
Da
The Book Depository US
(London, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro University of California Press, United States, 1999. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book. The kea, a crow-sized parrot that lives in the rugged mountains of New Zealand, is considered by some a playful comic and by others a vicious killer. Its true character is a mystery that biologists have debated for more than a century. Judy Diamond and Alan Bond have written a comprehensive account of the kea s contradictory nature, and their conclusions cast new light on the origins of behavioral flexibility and the problem of species survival in human environments everywhere. New Zealand s geological remoteness has made the country home to a bizarre assemblage of plants and animals that are wholly unlike anything found elsewhere. Keas are native only to the South Island, breeding high in the rigorous, unforgiving environment of the Southern Alps. Bold, curious, and ingeniously destructive, keas have a complex social system that includes extensive play behavior. Like coyotes, crows, and humans, keas are open-program animals with an unusual ability to learn and to create new solutions to whatever problems they encounter. Diamond and Bond present the kea s story from historical and contemporary perspectives and include observations from their years of field work.A comparison of the kea s behavior and ecology with that of its closest relative, the kaka of New Zealand s lowland rain forests, yields insights into the origins of the kea s extraordinary adaptability. The authors conclude that the kea s high level of sociality is a key factor in the flexible lifestyle that probably evolved in response to the alpine habitat s unreliable food resources and has allowed the bird to survive the extermination of much of its original ecosystem. But adaptability has its limits, as the authors make clear when describing present-day interactions between keas and humans and the attempts to achieve a peaceful coexistence. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780520213395

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 45,94
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

9.

Judy Diamond
Editore: University of California Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0520213394 ISBN 13: 9780520213395
Nuovi Quantità: > 20
Print on Demand
Da
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro University of California Press, 1999. HRD. Condizione libro: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days.THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Codice libro della libreria IP-9780520213395

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 50,82
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 3,43
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

10.

Judy Diamond, Alan B. Bond
Editore: University of California Press
ISBN 10: 0520213394 ISBN 13: 9780520213395
Nuovi Rilegato Quantità: 1
Da
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro University of California Press. Hardback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, Kea, Bird of Paradox: The Evolution and Behavior of a New Zealand Parrot, Judy Diamond, Alan B. Bond, The kea, a crow-sized parrot that lives in the rugged mountains of New Zealand, is considered by some a playful comic and by others a vicious killer. Its true character is a mystery that biologists have debated for more than a century. Judy Diamond and Alan Bond have written a comprehensive account of the kea's contradictory nature, and their conclusions cast new light on the origins of behavioral flexibility and the problem of species survival in human environments everywhere. New Zealand's geological remoteness has made the country home to a bizarre assemblage of plants and animals that are wholly unlike anything found elsewhere. Keas are native only to the South Island, breeding high in the rigorous, unforgiving environment of the Southern Alps. Bold, curious, and ingeniously destructive, keas have a complex social system that includes extensive play behavior. Like coyotes, crows, and humans, keas are 'open-program' animals with an unusual ability to learn and to create new solutions to whatever problems they encounter. Diamond and Bond present the kea's story from historical and contemporary perspectives and include observations from their years of field work. A comparison of the kea's behavior and ecology with that of its closest relative, the kaka of New Zealand's lowland rain forests, yields insights into the origins of the kea's extraordinary adaptability. The authors conclude that the kea's high level of sociality is a key factor in the flexible lifestyle that probably evolved in response to the alpine habitat's unreliable food resources and has allowed the bird to survive the extermination of much of its original ecosystem. But adaptability has its limits, as the authors make clear when describing present-day interactions between keas and humans and the attempts to achieve a peaceful coexistence. Codice libro della libreria B9780520213395

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 47,56
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 7,75
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

Vedi altre copie di questo libro

Vedi tutti i risultati per questo libro