Avian Biology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122494024, 9781483269429

Avian Biology

1st Edition

Volume II

Editors: Donald S. Farner James R. King
eBook ISBN: 9781483269429
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th December 1972
Page Count: 336
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Avian Biology, Volume II is a collection of papers that deals with the biology of birds such as their integumentary and respiratory systems. One paper describes the integument of birds that includes the skin, feathers, pterylosis, skin muscles, and other integumentary derivatives such as beaks, comb, claws, and spurs. The book explains the process of molting and the different generations of feathers; such molting is dependent on the wear and tear of the plumage, as well as hormonal changes. One author compares the blood vascular system of birds and mammals, and then gives a detailed description of avian hematology. Other papers deal with the respiratory functions, digestive system, and the nutritional needs of birds. Of interest is one author's description of the production of nutritive fluids, holocrine, which is secreted for the young. This secreted fluid contains about 23 percent protein, 10 percent fat, and no sugar. Unlike mammalian milk, it also contains cells. Another paper examines the intermediary metabolism of birds and the climatic effects on metabolism. This book is suitable for bird enthusiasts, zoologists, and avian biologists.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors Preface Note on Taxonomy Contents of Other Volumes Obituary Chapter I. The Integument of Birds I. Skin II. Feathers III. Pterylosis IV. Muscles of the Skin V. Integumentary Derivatives Other Than Feathers References Chapter 2. Patterns of Molting I. Introduction II. Definitions III. Homology IV. Social Factors V. Describing Molts and Feather Generations VI. Concluding Remarks References Chapter 3. Mechanisms and Control of Molt I. Introduction II. Mechanisms of the Pattern of Molt III. Molting and Breeding Schedules IV. Hormonal Control of Feather Loss and Replacement V. Direct Effects of the Environment on Molt VI. Energetics and Molt VII. Summary References Chapter 4. The Blood Vascular System of Birds I. Introduction II. Avian Hematology III. Morphology of the Blood Vascular System IV. The Electrophysiology of the Heart V. General Hemodynamics VI. Regulation of the Cardiovascular System VII. Cardiovascular Adjustments to (Habitual) Diving and Alterations in Ambient Gas Composition VIII. Cardiovascular Performances During Flight IX. The Cardiovascular System and Gas Exchange X. The Role of the Cardiovascular System in Excretion and Osmoregulation XI. The Role of Peripheral Circulation in Temperature Regulation References Chapter 5. Respiratory Function in Birds I. Introduction II. Anatomy III. Respiration of Resting Birds IV. Respiration of Heat-Stressed Birds V. Respiration of Flying Birds VI. Respiration During Specialized Activities References Chapter 6. Digestion and the Digestive System I. Introduction II. The Buccal Cavity, Buccal Glands, and Pharynx III. The Esophagus and Crop IV. The Gastric Apparatus V. The Intestine VI. The Liver VII. The


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