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Essential Ornithology

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9780198569978

ISBN10:
0198569971
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/22/2010
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press
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Summary

Essential Ornithologyprovides the reader with a concise but comprehensive introduction to the biology of birds, one of the most widely studied taxonomic groups. The book starts with the controversial question of the dinosaur origins of birds and their subsequent evolution. Development, anatomy, and physiology are then discussed followed by chapters devoted to avian reproduction, migration, ecology, and conservation. Sections dealing with aspects of bird/human relationships and bird conservation give the book an applied context. Drawing extensively upon the wider scientific literature, this engaging text places the results of classical studies of avian biology alongside the most recent scientific breakthroughs. Useful case studies are presented in a concise and engaging style with the student reader foremost in mind. Key points are highlighted and suggestions for guided reading and key references are included throughout.

Author Biography


Dr. Graham Scott is currently a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the university of Hull. He teaches ornithology, ecology and animal behaviour at undergraduate level and has a range of research interests. He is committed to the development of teaching at university level. With a life-long passion for birding he is fascinated by all aspects of ornithology.

Table of Contents

Preface
Evolution of birds
Feathers and flight
Movement: migration and navigation
Eggs, nests and chicks
Reproduction
Foraging and avoiding predation
Populations, communities and conservation
Index
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