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Die Teichralle [The Common Moorhen]

Monograph
By: Helmut Engler(Author)
359 pages, 2 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; 125 b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations, 22 tables
Die Teichralle [The Common Moorhen]
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Language: German

Common moorhen are water-loving birds that behave quite secretively in a natural environment, mainly during the breeding season. As wild inhabitants of park waters, they have adapted amazingly, so that one can observe their interesting behaviour there well. Taking into account the very extensive literature and simultaneous use of own observations and findings from four decades, the author has created a comprehensive monograph on the common moorhen. The focus of this work is the reproductive biology of free-living moorhen. Their behaviour before and during courtship, brood care, personal grooming and food intake are described in detail. Population trends in Europe are also dealt with in detail. Because of its decrease in large parts of Germany the common moorhen is now red listed; the author comments on and discusses proposals for protection. Uncertainties or knowledge gaps about this bird are mentioned. Consequently, this monograph gives a good overview of the current state of knowledge about Gallinula chloropus.

Summary in German:
Teichrallen sind am Wasser lebende Vögel, die sich in einer naturbelassenen Umwelt vorwiegend zur Brutzeit recht heimlich verhalten. Als wildlebende Bewohner von Parkgewässern haben sie sich erstaunlich angepaßt, so daß man ihre interessanten Verhaltensweisen dort gut beobachten kann. Unter Berücksichtigung des sehr umfangreichen Schrifttums und gleichzeitiger Verwendung eigener Beobachtungen sowie Feststellungen aus vier Jahrzehnten hat der Autor eine umfassende Monografie über die Teichralle geschaffen. Im Mittelpunkt dieser Arbeit steht die Fortpflanzungsbiologie freilebender Teichrallen. Ausführlich wird ihr Verhalten vor und während der Balz, bei der Brutfürsorge und Brutpflege sowie bei ihren Komfortbewegungen und der Nahrungsaufnahme beschrieben. Auch die Bestandsentwicklung in Europa wird eingehend behandelt. Wegen ihrer Abnahme in großen Teilen Deutschlands wird die Teichralle nun in der Vorwarnliste der »Roten Liste« gefährdeter Tierarten geführt; dazu nimmt der Autor Stellung und diskutiert Schutzvorschläge. Unsicherheiten oder Wissenslücken über diesen Vogel werden aufgezeigt. Folglich entspricht die Monografie nach ihrer Bearbeitung dem gegenwärtigen Kenntnisstand über Gallinula chloropus.

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Monograph
By: Helmut Engler(Author)
359 pages, 2 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; 125 b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations, 22 tables
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