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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 provided production assistance.

Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book. The cover image is a 19th-century engraving from Cuvier's Animals. Emma Colby produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 4.1 using Adobe's ITC Garamond font.

David Futato designed the interior layout. Neil Walls converted the files from Microsoft Word to FrameMaker 5.5.6 using tools created by Mike Sierra. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSans Mono Condensed. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Jessamyn Read using Macromedia FreeHand 9 and Adobe Photoshop 6. The tip and warning icons were drawn by Christopher Bing. This colophon was written by Nicole Arigo.

The online edition of this book was created by the Digital Books production group (John Chodacki, Ellie Cutler, Becki Maisch, and Madeleine Newell) using a set of Frame-to-XML and XML-to-HTML conversion and cleanup tools written and maintained by Erik Ray, Benn Salter, John Chodacki, and Jeff Liggett.

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