Signs of Affection
- The Oxford Companion to Animal Behaviour edited by David McFarland
Oxford, 657 pp, £17.50, July 1981, ISBN 0 19 866120 7
This is a sort of encyclopedia for people interested in watching animals. The naturalist who wants further information about the habits of his subjects will find much of it here. There are fine articles on things such as flight, homing, nest-building, song, courtship, migration and many other avian activities. Unfortunately, the book will not be so much use to anyone who wants details about particular species. There is no section that deals with the whole life of each type of bird or other animal. But one can learn about the idiosyncrasies, say, of cuckoos, homing pigeons, owls or bower-birds.
The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books.