eBook The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey: Meat Eaters, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615304045
  • ISBN-13: 9781615304042
  • DDC: 598.9
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
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Overview

Primeval jungles, mountain ranges, and the cover of deep forests are not the only domains of meat-eating creatures. Carnivores also can be found stalking prey from the air, in ocean depths, and marshy swamps. Raptors, sharks, and crocodiles are among the most predominant non-mammalian meat-eaters that rely on hunting or scavenging for survival. This volume examines the various species in this select grouping, investigating the physical characteristics and traits that help these unique animals be successful predators.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: Raptors: The Falconiforms.
2: General Features of Falconiforms.
3: Natural History.
4: Behaviour.
5: Birds of Prey.
6: Locomotion.
7: Life History.
8: The Fledging Period.
9: Secretary Birds.
10: The Postfledging Period.
11: The Period as a Juvenile.
12: The Breeding Adult.
13: Reproduction.
14: Ecology.
15: Feeding.
16: Migration.
17: Form and Function.
18: Feet and Beak.
19: Plumage and Molt.
20: Vision, Hearing, and Smell.
21: Evolution and Paleontology.
22: Distinguishing Taxonomic Features.
23: Importance to Humans.
24: Selected Falconiforms.
25: Eagles.
26: Bateleurs.
27: Bald Eagles.
28: Golden Eagles.
29: Falcons.
30: Caracaras.
31: Falconry.
32: Gyrfalcons.
33: Hobbys.
34: Kestrels.
35: Merlins.
36: Peregrine Falcons.
37: Hawks.
38: Accipiters.
39: Nighthawks.
40: Buzzards.
41: Goshawks.
42: Harriers.
43: Kites.
44: Ospreys.
45: Sparrowhawks.
46: Vultures.
47: New World Vultures.
48: Old World Vultures.
49: Condors.
50: Lammergeiers.
51: Turkey Vultures.
52: Raptors: The Owls.
53: General Features of Owls.
54: Natural History.
55: Feeding Habits.
56: Behaviour.
57: Reproduction and Development.
58: Locomotion.
59: Form and Function.
60: Paleontology and Classification.
61: Types of Owls.
62: Barn Owls.
63: Bay Owls.
64: Burrowing Owls.
65: Eagle Owls.
66: Elf Owls.
67: Fish Owls.
68: Hawk Owls.
69: Horned Owls.
70: Laughing Owls.
71: Little Owls.
72: Long-Eared Owls.
73: Pygmy Owls.
74: Screech Owls.
75: Short-Eared Owls.
76: Snowy Owls.
77: Spectacled Owls.
78: Wood Owls.
79: Sharks and Rays.
80: General Features of Sharks, Rays, and Other Chondrichthians.
81: Natural History.
82: Food Habits.
83: Reproductive Behaviour.
84: Chimaeras.
85: Form and Function.
86: Distinguishing Features.
87: Senses.
88: Salt and Water Balance.
89: Respiration.
90: Sawfishes.
91: Reproduction and Development.
92: Growth.
93: Evolution and Classification.
94: Importance to Humans.
95: Sharks as Food.
96: Other Shark Products.
97: Economic Value of Rays.
98: Danger to Human Life.
99: Sharks.
100: Shark Appearance and Habits.
101: Lateral Line System.
102: Shark Behaviour.
103: Carcharhinids.
104: Hazards to Humans.
105: Most Feared Species of Shark.
106: Selected Groups of Sharks and Rays.
107: Selected Sharks.
108: Angel Sharks.
109: Carpet Sharks.
110: Cat Sharks.
111: Dogfishes.
112: Goblin Sharks.
113: Greenland Sharks.
114: Leopard Sharks.
115: Mackerel Sharks.
116: Mako Sharks.
117: Nurse Sharks.
118: Sand Sharks.
119: Saw Sharks.
120: Thresher Sharks.
121: Whale Sharks.
122: Rays, Skates, and Other Chondrichthians.
123: Rays.
124: Skates.
125: Eagle Rays.
126: Electric Rays.
127: Guitarfish.
128: Manta Rays.
129: Stingrays.
130: Crocodiles.
131: The General Features of Crocodiles.
132: Alligators.
133: Natural History.
134: Life Cycle.
135: Behaviour.
136: Locomotion.
137: Reproduction.
138: Gavials.
139: Caimans.
140: Ecology.
141: Form and Function.
142: Evolution and Classification.
143: Distinguishing Taxonomic Features.
144: Conclusion.
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Index.