The blue tit

Stenning, Martyn (2018) The blue tit. Bloomsbury/Poyser & Poyser, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-4729-3738-4

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Abstract

Sporting a mix of blue, yellow, white, green and black, the unmistakable Blue Tit reflects the colours of a planet affected by a burgeoning human population. Fortunately, Blue Tits are adapting well to modern humanity, taking advantage of our propensity to feed birds in our gardens and provide boxes for them to nest in. In turn, this feisty little species provides an excellent model for biological research. This book is the result of a personal quest by author Martyn Stenning to bring together a range of discoveries into one accessible volume.

The Blue Tit begins by inviting readers into the intimate lives of these birds as they attempt to reproduce, describing the many challenges they face when rearing their offspring. The story moves on to the fluid state of Blue Tit classification across the native Palearctic range, before progressing into population structure, lifetime ecology and an exploration of factors that determine breeding success. It culminates with an in-depth look at research over the years, followed by a selection of personal anecdotes and an overview of Blue Tit appearances in folklore and poetry.

This book provides a definitive record of the biology and ecology of one of our most popular, intelligent and charismatic birds.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Blue Tit; Ornithology; Ecology
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biology and Environmental Science
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > Q Science (General) > Q0179.9 Research
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0001 Natural history (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0001 Natural history (General) > QH0075 Nature conservation
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology > QH0359 Evolution
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology > QH0471 Reproduction
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology > QH0540 Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0750 Animal behaviour
Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0750 Animal behaviour > QL0776 Communication
Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0750 Animal behaviour > QL0791 Stories and anecdotes
Depositing User: Martyn Stenning
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 11:11
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2018 11:11
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74305
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