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Skutch, Alexander F. (Alexander Frank) 1904-2004

Overview
Works: 94 works in 304 publications in 3 languages and 14,983 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Identification guides  Documentary films  Biographical films 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QL698.3, 598.298
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The life of the hummingbird by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

9 editions published between 1973 and 1989 in English and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parent birds and their young by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

7 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A detailed survey ... of the family life and reproductive behavior of birds, from the formation of pairs to the young birds' attainment of independence."
The minds of birds by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this controversial culmination of a lifelong quest, Alexander F. Skutch, a well-known ornithologist who has studied birds for more than sixty years, makes a case for "believing that birds' mental capacities have been grossly underestimated." Lacking hard scientific proofs of what birds think and feel, we are left, Skutch argues, with inferences gleaned from observation of their behavior. His intimate, six-decade study of tropical and north temperate birds and his wide survey of the literature inform this remarkable review of the psychic life of birds." "Although varying widely by species, many birds have a striking ability to recognize as individuals not only other birds of their own kind (which all look alike to humans), but also familiar humans, even after a long absence. They have good memories and give indications of forethought. Only humans take more elaborate care of their offspring than most birds do, and few animals of any kind live in such closely united families as those of cooperatively breeding birds, which carefully avoid incest. The diverse play of birds suggests their capacity for enjoyment. They can be taught to count up to eight, and some are known to use tools. The tastefully adorned constructions of bower birds and the songs of many other species also point strongly to an aesthetic sense. The journeys of migrants between known breeding and wintering territories separated by thousands of miles speak of memory and navigational skills that baffle human observers." "Birders and behaviorist ornithologists alike will find Skutch's work provocative and rewarding - no more easily dismissed than the apparently purposeful behavior of the birds he describes. A timely and useful contribution to the debate on animal intelligence, this book offers - with precision, force, clarity, and a wide range of examples - a challenge to the long-standing mechanistic view of nonhuman life."--BOOK JACKET
A guide to the birds of Costa Rica by F. Gary Stiles( Book )

28 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life ascending by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

8 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helpers at birds' nests : a worldwide survey of cooperative breeding and related behavior by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harmony and conflict in the living world by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Skutch argues that a principle of increasing harmony drives the living world - but along a bumpy road pitted with the paradoxes of evolution. His central purpose in this book is to examine the sources of these paradoxes and how they can deepen our understanding of life. Along the way he explores several biological heresies, such as anthropomorphism. He even tackles the conventional wisdom that we should strive to preserve maximum biodiversity, proposing "biocompatibility" instead."--Jacket
Birds asleep by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in English and Japanese and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Birds of tropical America by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

5 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orioles, blackbirds, and their kin : a natural history by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From blackbirds and orioles to meadowlarks, grackles, and cowbirds, the variation shown by members of the family Icteridae is legend. The family exhibits great diversity in size and coloration, mating and nest building, and habits and habitats. This groups of 94 New World species once known as the troupials is well represented in backyards across America; yet most icterids are tropical or semitropical species that remain largely unstudied. The least known of these species are perhaps best known to Alexander Skutch, who has studied birds in a Costa Rican tropical valley for more than half a century. In this fascinating book - the first devoted exclusively to the icterids - he combines his own observations with those of other naturalists to provide a comparative natural history and biology of this remarkable family of birds. Orioles, Blackbirds, and Their Kin is an eminently readable natural history in the classic style. Enhanced by 31 scratchboard illustrations, this book will delight nature enthusiasts everywhere with its fascinating exposition of avian diversity
Life of the pigeon by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A naturalist amid tropical splendor by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life of the woodpecker by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bird watcher's adventures in tropical America by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

4 editions published between 1977 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The golden core of religion by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

10 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life of the tanager by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trogons, laughing falcons, and other neotropical birds by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Skutch also tells of the only wild birds he has ever raised from eggs, two Gray-headed Chachalacas that became strongly attached to their foster parents."--BOOK JACKET. "These and other unpublished observations on Neotropical birds, plus accounts published long ago in journals not now widely available, updated by new observations and interpretations, will add to the famous Skutch literature."--Jacket
Life of the flycatcher by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American flycatchers, also known as the tyrant flycatchers, are the largest New World family of birds. Renowned ornithologist Alexander F. Skutch draws upon personal observations and extensive research to portray this family over its vast range. According to Skutch, the relatively few flycatchers that breed north of Mexico give no idea of the diversity of this mostly tropical family. Through long hours of close observation in Central America and northern South
Nature through tropical windows by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antbirds & ovenbirds : their lives and homes by Alexander F Skutch( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voice, displays and courtship, nests and incubation, and parental care. He also recounts anecdotes from his own experiences, creating vivid pictures of antbirds foraging for the insects Skutch stirs up on walks through the rainforest and of ovenbirds repairing the observation holes that he opens in their elaborate nests. As some of tropical America's least studied birds, antbirds and oven birds surely merit the extensive treatment given them here by one of our most
 
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The minds of birds
Alternative Names
Alexander Frank Skutch

Alexander Frank Skutch Botaniker, Ornithologe

Alexander Skutch Amerikaans botanicus (1904-2004)

Alexander Skutch ornitolog pracujący w Kostaryce

Skutch, Alexander F.

Skutch, Alexander F. (Alexander Frank)

Skutch, Alexander Frank, 1904-

Skutch, Alexander Frank 1904-2004

スカッチ, アレクサンダー・F

Languages
English (138)

Spanish (22)

Japanese (1)

Covers
A guide to the birds of Costa RicaHarmony and conflict in the living worldBirds asleepOrioles, blackbirds, and their kin : a natural historyLife of the tanagerTrogons, laughing falcons, and other neotropical birdsLife of the flycatcherAntbirds & ovenbirds : their lives and homes