The Secret Language of Animals

The Secret Language of Animals

A Guide to Remarkable Behavior

eBook - 2014
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"Unlock the secrets behind the behavior of the world's most fascinating creatures- from the Adelie penguin to the plains zebra to the giant panda-in this wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated book. In The Secret Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus takes us inside the animal kingdom and shows us the whys and the hows behind the distinctive behavior of creatures great and small in their natural environments. Divided geographically into five sections-Africa, Asia, North America, the oceans, and the poles-the book examines and describes the behavior, body language, and patterns of communication of 20 different animals: the gorilla, lion, African elephant, plains zebra, black rhinoceros, giraffe, ostrich, greater flamingo, Nile crocodile, giant panda, peacock, Komodo monitor, bottlenose dolphin, California sea lion, gray wolf, bald eagle, sandhill crane, beluga whale, polar bear, and Adelie penguin. For each animal, Benyus describes and explains basic behaviors (locomotion, feeding, drinking, bathing, grooming, sleeping), communication behavior (greeting, social play, group defense, conflict, aggression/submission, fighting, courtship, copulation), and parenting behavior (birth, care and feeding, teaching, communal care). The book is illustrated throughout with tender yet precise line drawings that beckon us to the animals and vividly capture everything from changing facial expressions to nurturing postures to playful and aggressive interactions. The text, too, is both intimate and informative, allowing for a deep connection with, and a great admiration for, each one of the animals."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, N,Y. :, Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers,, 2014
ISBN: 9781603763653
Characteristics: 1 online resource (480 pages)
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" Male ostriches are in the envialble position of being in demand when it comes time to mate. One reason is that they live more dangerously that females....breeding males are outnumbered three to one by breeding females." "Anxious to mate, females boldly solicit males by urinating (oh, sadie hawkins!), defecating, and raising their wings to show their newly moled plumage. Not willing to share the stage, they vehemently peck, kick, and drive away other female suitors as well as immature birds that are unlucky enough to pass by. With penis erect and glowing, the males will ceremonially urinate, defecate, hold high their flashing wings and tail, and parade their goods in a penial display before the admiring females. A flock of 40 or more fully dressed males whirling around like this is a striking sight....He will also form looser bonds with two or more minor hens that he will also impregnate that year. the major hen seems to have some say in which minor hens come on board that season...she exerts her dominance, letting some hens close to her mate while chasing others away.....For young female zebras coming into estrus for the very first time, courtship has a dramatic flavor. The dominant male, usually her father, pursues her in earnest, lavishing her with attention for long periods of time during the week she is in estrus. In the unmistakable invitation stance, she stands with her hindlegs apart and tail raised at an angle of about 45 degrees. Her mouth is usually open in a gesture that looks like a threat."


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