An Introduction to the Study of Bird Behaviour

HOWARD, H. Eliot. An Introduction to the Study of Bird Behaviour.

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HOWARD, H. Eliot An Introduction to the Study of Bird Behaviour. Cambridge: University Press. 1929.

4to. Original blue cloth and dustwrapper; pp. x + 136, 10 uncoloured plates, 2 charts; wrapper a little sunned to extremities, a little occasional foxing, very good.
First edition, scarce especially in dustwrapper. Henry Eliot Howard (1873 - 1940) was an English ornithologist and the author of the celebrated British Warblers. He was most noted for his work on territoriality, which informs this enthralling book. He traces the lives of birds during breeding season - the trials and tribulations of which the plates depict in an unusually frank manner - and moves on to a discussion of the bird's mind. Throughout he examines the behaviour of the bird in relation to its territory, resulting in a pioneering, as well as engagingly written, work.