MEINERTZHAGEN, R., Colonel
Title: Pirates and Predators : The Piratical and Predatory Habits of Birds. in dj.
Publisher:  Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, 1959,
Seller ID: 72127
MEINERTZHAGEN, R., Colonel. Pirates and Predators : The Piratical and Predatory Habits of Birds . Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, (1959). First Printing. Pp. [i]-ix,(1),1-230, frontis., + 43 p. of colour and monochrome plates. Illustrated. Large 8vo, red cloth with gilt decorations to front and gilt lettering to front and spine. "Meinertzhagen presents the results of his observations of the habits of the avian predators and pirates with some notes onautolycism, or the ways in which birds make use of man, of mammals, of oth er birds, of reptiles and of fish. Colonel Meinertzhagen distinguishes between what he calls professional predators (hawks, owls) and amateur predators (certain passerines, storks, herons, cormorants, divers, gulls, skuas andauks) and gives some notes on submersion by reptiles and mammals. Many des criptions of the manner of hunting and killing are given under individual species and there are also many notes on closely allied subjects such as food preferences, competition in territories, herding and flocking, mobbing, locust birds and bird-snake relationship." - from the dj. Small dampspot to fore-edge, bookplate from the Van Oosten Ornithological Library to ffep, else vg in lightly rubbed, nicked dj. A nice copy. 300.00