Sturkie's Avian Physiology

Edited by

  • G. Whittow, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, U.S.A.

Sturkie's Avian Physiology is the classic comprehensive single volume on the physiology of domestic as well as wild birds. The Fifth Edition is thoroughly revised and updated, and includes new chapters on the physiology of incubation and growth. Chapters on the nervous system and sensory organs have been greatly expanded due to the many recent advances in the field. The text also covers the physiology of flight, reproduction in both male and female birds, and the immunophysiology of birds. The Fifth Edition, like the earlier editions, is a must for anyone interested in comparative physiology, poultry science, veterinary medicine, and related fields. This volume establishes the standard for those who need the latest and best information on the physiology of birds.
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Graduate students and faculty for courses in comparative physiology, animal physiology, and ornithology.


Book information

  • Published: October 1999
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-747605-6


"...remains the primary reference for avian physiologists. ...I recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in avian physiology."
—Jim Reynolds in IBIS (2000)

Table of Contents

O. Güntürkün, Sensory Physiology: Vision.R. Necker, Avian Ear and Hearing.J.R. Mason, Chemical Senses.R. Necker, Somato-Sensory System.R. Necker, Functional Anatomy of the Spinal Cord.J.L. Dubbeldam, Motor Control System.W.J. Kuenzel, Autonomic Nervous System.A.L. Harvey and I.G. Marshall, Muscle.D.R. Jones and N.H. West, Cardiovascular System.F.L. Powell and G.S. Mitchell, Respiration.D.L. Goldstein and E. Skadhauge, Body Fluid Regulation, Renal Physiology; Acid-Base Ballance.D.M. Denbow, Gastro-Intestinal Physiology.C.R. Blem, Energy Balance.W.R. Dawson and G.C. Whittow, Thermoregulation.P.J. Butler, Physiology of Flight.C.G. Scanes, Introduction to Endocrinology; Pituitary Gland.F.M.A. McNabb, Thyroids.C.G. Dacke, Parathyroid, Vitamin D and Calcitonin Hormones.S. Harvey and R. Carsia, Adrenals.R.L. Hazelwood, Pancreas.E. Gwinner and M. Hau, Pineal Gland; Circadian Rhythm, Photoperiodism.A.L. Johnson, Reproduction in the Female Bird.D.P. Froman and J. Kirby, Reproduction in the Male Bird.H. Tazawa and G.C. Whittow, Incubation Physiology.Cogburn, Physiology of Growth and Development.B. Glick, Immunophysiology.Subject Index.