By Linda Lombardi
There's much that animals don't wish you to grasp, and the higher their public photograph, the more severe their secrets and techniques are: gang-rapist dolphins; lazy, infanticidal lions; and, after all, our personal canine, who devour our cash, set our homes on hearth, and in additional than one case, really shoot their proprietors with guns.
Animals Behaving Badly exhibits that animals are only like us: gluttonous, egocentric, violent, lustful, and continuously searching for #1. utilizing anecdotes from the inside track and from clinical learn, Linda Lombardi pokes enjoyable at our softhearted preconceptions approximately animals, makes us consider a bit greater approximately humanity's basest impulses, and painlessly teaches us a section extra approximately our hairy and feathered friends.
• Bees love alcohol: even, says one researcher, greater than collage students
• Pandas take pleasure in pornographic movies-they're quite aroused by means of the soundtrack-and macaques can pay with juice to examine soiled pictures
• A rabbit who lives in a pub in England is hooked on playing with a slot machine
• African elephants raised by means of teenage moms shape violent formative years gangs
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Chinensis resident but uncommon in Fujian (also Guangdong), and Taiwan (rare), where perhaps concentrated in SW. HH Singly and in small coveys in both dry and wet dense grasslands, scrub, stubble and pineapple fields in lowlands, where scarce and very secretive. ID Very small; smaller than Japanese Quail. very dark with distinctive pied face (white lores, malar stripe and throat crescent all bordered black), and black chin/ throat; slate-blue extends from forehead to breast and flanks; belly, vent and undertail-coverts chestnut.
The larger thrushes have straight, stout bills and long pointed wings and medium-length tails; their flight is typically direct and undulating, and outside the breeding season they commonly occur in flocks. The Zoothera thrushes are heavily spotted, often crepuscular, and are rather more terrestrial than the Turdus thrushes. The latter in particular share genus-specific alarm and flight notes, which may be difficult to recognise to species; however their songs are richly varied and distinctive.
SD C Asia e. to Mongolia, Transbaikalia and NE China. In E Asia P. d. suschkini is fairly common in NE China and S Ussuriland. HH Dry rocky areas with sparse vegetation in steppe and low mountains to 3,000m. ID Small grey-brown partridge with orange-rufous face, very similar to extralimital Grey Partridge P. perdix. Orange-rufous of face extends on throat and belly, frames upper part of large black inverted U-shaped belly patch. Upper parts and neck largely grey, with fine brown vermiculations on back, rump and tail.