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The animal on the cover of Managing and Using MySQL , Second Edition, is a kingfisher. This type of bird can be found all over the world, including North America, Europe, Africa, and New Zealand, with the greatest numbers being found in southeast Asia. There are over 80 species of kingfishers, which range in size from five to eighteen inches and vary in color.
These typically long-billed birds pair for life and are considered to be very territorial. Their nests are long and tunnel-shaped, and are often found in exposed tree roots or water banks.
Most kingfishers live along the banks of rivers or lakes, as the primary staple of their diet is fish. To catch its prey, a kingfisher will perch on a branch above water, watch for a fish, hover for a moment, and then dive headfirst into the water, grabbing the fish in its beak, and heading back up to the surface. The process takes about a third of a second. The kingfisher’s diet also includes spiders, insects, and small amphibians.
Linley Dolby was the production editor and copyeditor, and Matt Hutchinson was the proofreader, for Managing and Using MySQL , Second Edition. Sarah Sherman and Claire Cloutier provided quality control. Judy Hoer wrote the index. Phil Dangler and Sarah Sherman ...