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Curious Naturalists

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Enthusiastic and informal accounts of the exciting discoveries and fascinating observations made by naturalists in the study of the behavior of animals in their natural surroundings.
Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 1st 1984 by University of Massachusetts Press (first published January 1958)
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I read chapters out of this book for a course in animal behavior. It was oddly intriguing to learn about black-headed gulls.

For instance, the descriptions about their aggressive posturing. How a bird will peck at the ground (without actually touching it) which seems to be a redirection of two opposing instincts -- fear of another bird (flee!) and aggression towards the other bird (attack!). So instead, sometimes these birds will just peck at the ground. (These birds should have their own Dr. Phi
Sep 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
You probably have to be a biologist to read this book as it is mainly about ethology experiments, but if you are you will find in interesting to read about the simplistic but effective field techniques used by the author and his cohorts to study animal behavior.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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What means to be an ethologists? what is cool about it? what is fascinating?
Tinbergen just show us how beautiful could be to observe nature and study animals and plants.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This was one of the best books I have ever read. It had me squealing in excitement every time I read something super cool I did not previously know about animal behaviour. This is the BEST combination of engaging story telling and detailed overview of experimental procedure I have ever come across. Tinbergen provides the reader with enough scientific detail to engage those with a background in ecology/biology in a fashion that is not at all dry. This enthusiastic account of field work and the re ...more
Erik Graff
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tinbergen fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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I subscribed to Natural History, the magazine of The Museum of Natural History, throughout much of high school, letting the subscription lapse only upon matriculation into college, my money now being committed to that enterprise. While a member, I received several books for renewal orders, Curious Naturalists being one of them.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A delightful story, very similar "King Solomon's Ring" by his friend and colleague, Konrad Lorenz.

I'll read some of Niko's works: I've much to learn....
Robert Hult
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent study of aspects of avian behavior in different species notoften studied.
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