Avian Biology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122494079, 9780323140027

Avian Biology

1st Edition

Editors: Donald Farner James King Kenneth Parkes
eBook ISBN: 9780323140027
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th August 1983
Page Count: 542
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Table of Contents


General Preface

Preface to Volume VII

Note on Taxonomy

Cotents of Other Volume

Chapter 1. Avian Postnatal Development

I. Introduction

II. General Patterns of Development

III. Developmental Change

IV. Energetic and Nutritional Aspects of Growth

V. Mathematical Description of Growth

VI. Genetics of Growth

VII. Susceptibility of Growth to Environmental Factors

VIII. Intraspecific Variation in Postnatal Growth

IX. Variation among Species


Chapter 2. The Ontogeny of Avian Behavior

I. Introduction

II. Behavior of Embryos: Prehatching Behavior

III. Behavior at Hatching

IV. Posthatching Behavior

V. Concluding Remarks


Chapter 3. Avian Ecological Energetics

I. Introduction

II. Energetics of Some Prominent Activities and Events in the Avian Life Cycle

III. Total Energy Expenditure of Free-Living Birds

IV. Concluding Comments


Chapter 4. Hormonal Correlates of Behavior

I. Introduction

II. The Classical Approach

III. Attempts toward a Synthesis

IV. Measuring Hormones and Their Fate

V. Brain Mechanisms

VI. Conclusions


Chapter 5. The Biology of Avian Parasites: Helminths

I. Introduction

II. Characteristics of Helminths

III. Occurrence of Helminths in Birds

IV. Specificity of Helminths

V. Acquisition of Helminths by Birds

VI. Localization of Helminths in the Avian Host

VII. Pathogenicity of Helminths in Birds


Chapter 6. Bursa of Fabricius

I. Introduction

II. Morphology of the Bursa

III. Origin of Bursal Lymphocytes

IV. Bursal Microenvironment

V. Bursal Kinetics

VI. The Bursa's Influence on Other Organs

VII. Regulation of Immunoglobulin Synthesis

VIII. Summary


Author Index

Index to Bird Names

Subject Index


Written by international experts from many disciplines, this multi-volume treatise is a comprehensive survey of the established data and principles of avian biology. The volumes thoroughly review knowledge of the 8600 living species of birds-knowledge resulting from advances in instrumentation and technology and improved transportation facilities that permit more detailed, far-ranging field studies than ever before. The emphasis is on the significance of avian biological research to such areas of biology as ethology, ecology, population biology, evolutionary biology, and physiological ecology.


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About the Editors

Donald Farner Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.

James King Editor

James King received a first class degree in Economics from Cambridge University in 1967 and joined the Bank of England. After eight years working on regional economic and industrial development for governments and private consultancies in the UK and Canada, in 1978 Mr King joined Commodities Research Unit Ltd, London as Research director for steel and aluminium. Since 1980 he has been an independent consultant, specializing in the economic and commercial aspects of the aluminium and steel industries.

Affiliations and Expertise

Washington State University, Pullman, U.S.A.

Kenneth Parkes Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.