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Lloyd Spencer Davis, Martin Renner


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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 warm-blooded 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.

Yale University Press, 9780300102772, 224pp.

Publication Date: February 9, 2004

About the Author

Lloyd Spencer Davis is a research biologist at the University of Otago in New Zealand and has studied penguins for over a quarter-century. He is the author of three previous books and numerous scientific articles on penguins. Martin Renner has studied penguins and other sea birds on remote islands from Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic to the Aleutian chain. He currently lives in Homer, Alaska.