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The Little Owl
Conservation, Ecology and Behavior of Athene Noctua

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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521714204

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  • Our understanding of the basic biology of owls is poor compared to that of other bird species. The Little Owl, Athene noctua, has become one of the best models for biological and conservation research, due to its commonness and the fact that it occupies nest-boxes very easily. In this unique book the authors synthesise the substantial literature, and detail current information regarding the Little Owl. They discuss its wide-ranging ecology, genetics and subspecies and population status by country. In addition, they outline a strategy and monitoring program for its conservation. The book features an outstanding bibliography of literature on the Little Owl, listing publications dated from 1769 to 2007, in many languages, including Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Dutch. Whilst being an invaluable resource for academic researchers, its straightforward style holds undoubted appeal for amateurs and enthusiasts.

    • Includes a chapter on the behaviour of the Little Owl - at the time of publication the only known account of this was a German monograph which is no longer available
    • A major synthesis of the existing literature and knowledge of the status, distribution, and ecology of the Little Owl
    • Contains translated Russian literature, offering an insight into formerly inaccessible information
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    Review of the hardback: '… Van Nieuwenhuyse and his co-authors have certainly given us a fascinating read. However, the most impressive aspect of this book is the huge amount of work the authors did to cover almost all the literature ever published in every type of source … if you want to know anything about the Little Owl, this book probably contains the information you seek, while clues are also offered to some as-yet-unanswered questions.' Ibis

    Review of the hardback: 'The book comprehensively covers all aspects of the Little Owl's life, including sections on history, conservation, breeding biology, behaviour, habitat, food, distribution, taxonomy and world population. In other words virtually everything you would want to know about the species may be found here.' Scottish Birds

    Review of the hardback: 'This wonderful monograph draws on an astonishing 1900 references and decades of fieldwork, accumulated by three enthusiastic, leading 'owlologists'. … You can feel the authors' passion for this species on every page … The Little Owl is a 'must-have' for anyone who has become spellbound by this charming and charismatic species.' Peregrine

    'A must have for those with an interest in the little owl or owls in general.' Birdbooker Report (guardian.co.uk)

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521714204
    • length: 628 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.99kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. History and traditions
    3. Taxonomy and genetics
    4. Morphology and body characteristics
    5. Distribution, population estimates and trends
    6. Habitat
    7. Diet
    8. Breeding season
    9. Behaviour
    10. Population regulation
    11. Conservation
    12. Research priorities
    13. Monitoring plan for the Little Owl
    14. Citizen conservation and volunteer work on Little Owls – the past, present and future
    15. Literature cited
    16. Appendices.

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    The Little Owl

    Dries Van Nieuwenhuyse, Jean-Claude Génot, David H. Johnson

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    Dries Van Nieuwenhuyse, EHSAL Management School, Brussels

    Jean-Claude Génot, Vosges du Nord Biosphere Reserve, France

    David H. Johnson, Global Owl Project, Virginia, USA

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