By Desmond Morris
The smooth, noticed leopard could be the smallest of the large cats, yet its ferocity and solitary sort makes lions and tigers appear puny compared. missing the social mentality of different animals, the leopard is stealthy and egocentric, ambushing its prey and wearing it excessive right into a tree the place it will probably dine on my own. people name leopards the "perfect predator." In Leopard, well known zoologist Desmond Morris seeks to teach either side of the cat, delving into the interesting historical past of those brilliant animals.
Morris examines the leopard's athletic splendor, predatory ability, cautious shyness, and crafty intelligence whereas additionally exploring the animal's parental devotion, choice for solitude, and means for revenge. as well as tracing the evolution of leopards, he considers how people have with regards to the animal all through heritage. Leopards, he indicates, have lengthy featured within the paintings, mythology, and folklore of historical Greece, Persia, Rome, or even England, the place they've got no longer lived for a number of millennia. yet people and leopards don't consistently coexist peacefully; as Morris explains, leopards were identified to assault people whilst their nutrition is scarce or they're injured. He unearths how people have exploited the cats, trying to educate them for circus roles, and the way this present day a few everyone is now making strides towards the leopard's conservation. He additionally describes their wealthy symbolism, appearances in literature and picture, and using the leopard print in either high fashion and down-market fashion.
Packed with compelling photographs of this extraordinary animal in motion, Leopard sheds new gentle on those lovely cats.
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Some species are solitary foragers. They often use simple feeding behaviours such as Standing or Walking Slowly, stalking prey in ways that are not enhanced by a crowd. The Shoebill is the archetypical example of a solitary species. Others are solitary at one time of year and more social at another. The Spotbreasted and Hadada Ibises are two examples of species that nest solitarily but feed in groups when not breeding. The great majority of species are capable of feeding in the company of other birds.
The Flap-Dash display —probably derived from foraging 24 Courtship and Reproduction A Nest-Covering Display has been observed in several species. The parent bird hides its eggs or young under partially opened wings. Figure 27. A female Greater Adjutant Stork preening near her nest (northeastern India). behaviours —is performed on the ground or in shallow water by the Saddlebill, Blacknecked and Jabiru Storks. A bird, usually the male, flapping its wings, runs several metres away from its companion and then runs back again.
Many species have never been studied at all. None the less, from the information available, a number of displays can be identified. Certainly, additional studies on these species are needed. As in storks, the males of colonial ibis and spoonbill species, and those that must pair each year, display for females. Upon choosing a display site, ibises and spoonbills tend to remain on it almost continuously. In fact, Display Standing may be considered the initial display in courtship. Display Standing can develop into Display Sleeping.