Throughout the bird world, examples of strange and seemingly inexplicable behaviours abound. For example:
Why do Male Fairywrens bring flowers to females as a nuptial gift in the pre-dawn darkness? Especially when the gift-givers are not the official mates of the females concerned, but visitors, and furthermore they may give these gifts in full view of the official mate.
Why do gangs of White-winged Choughs 'kidnap' their neighbours' fledglings and then keep them in their 'gang'.
Which bird is so big, strong and fierce that stories abound of it killing humans? This book looks at accounts of murderous Cassowaries and explains just what might have happened.
What happens in an albatross 'divorce'?
This book divides the world by continent and takes a series of extraordinary stories from each to illustrate a great diversity of bird behaviour. Each continent will have around five or six stories, each described in 1500 to 2000 words and examining the truths and the mythology behind each example. An intriguiguing book from an author with an ability to engage with his audience.
Dominic Couzens has written many books on birds and other wildlife including RSPB The Secret Lives of British Birds, RSPB The Secret Lives of Garden Birds and RSPB The Secret Lives of Garden Wildlife, all published by Christopher Helm, as well as Identifying British Birds, Identifying Birds by Behaviour, and Extreme Birds ((Collins), The Complete Back Garden Birdwatcher, Bird Migration and Top 100 Birding Sites of the World (New Holland), Collins), 100 Birds to See Before You Die (Carlton) and My Family and 50 Other Animals. He is currently writing The Secret Lives of Puffins with photographer Mark Sisson.