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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300102771, Hardcover)Penguins are the world's most easily recognized--and perhaps most appealing--group of birds. Flightless, penguins spend the vast majority of their lives swimming in the sea, yet they cannot shake off their evolutionary past: they are warmblooded air breathers, and they must return to land to lay their eggs. Thus penguins face the challenges of balancing two worlds--the land for breeding, the sea for feeding. This engaging book offers a complete and up-to-date overview of all the world's penguin species as well as new insights into their dual lives. The book shows that the diversity of penguin species, and in fact all aspects of their biology, can be explained largely according to the distance they travel for food. Exploring penguin colonies, social behavior, evolution, ecology, conservation issues, and more, the book provides a fascinatingly detailed portrait of these unique and popular birds.
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"This monograph looks at the fascinating double life of the penguins, from the huge Emperors of the South Pole which withstand many months of fasting through the long night of the Antarctic winter, to the dainty burrow-nesting Little Penguins which come ashore by night on subtropical beaches in Australasia. This engaging account, illustrated throughout with attractive line drawings and photographs, is highly readable and will appeal to everyone interested in this remarkable group of birds."--BOOK JACKET.
An edition of this book was published by Yale University Press.
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