Avian Biology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122494031, 9781483269436

Avian Biology

1st Edition

Volume III

Editors: Donald S. Farner James R. King
eBook ISBN: 9781483269436
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th December 1973
Page Count: 594
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out Price includes VAT/GST
Price includes VAT/GST

Institutional Subscription

Secure Checkout

Personal information is secured with SSL technology.

Free Shipping

Free global shipping
No minimum order.


Avian Biology, Volume III is a collection of articles that deals with the biology of birds such as their peripheral endocrine glands and reproductive system. One paper describes the avian reproductive system where physiological mechanisms that regulate gametogenesis get synchronized from stimuli in the environment, thus ensuring that the young are born at the appropriate season. Another paper correlates the morphology of the pituitary cells with the functions of the pituitary from physiological and chemical analyses. A couple of papers describes the peripheral endocrine glands and the process of neuroendocrinology that includes detailed analyses of the neurosecretory system anatomy and the ependymal function in the median eminence composed of the anterior and posterior divisions. One author describes the structure and refraction of avian vision, as well as the probable determination of visual pigments in the eye cones through in situ microspectrophotometry. The book then analyzes bird behavior through functional groups of bird activities. Bird enthusiasts, zoologists, and avian biologists will find this book interesting and informative.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Note on Taxonomy

Contents of Other Volumes

Chapter 1. Reproduction in Birds

I. Introduction

II. The Testis

III. The Ovary

IV. Accessory Sexual Organs

V. Breeding Behavior (Endocrinological Basis)


Chapter 2. The Adenohypophysis

I. Introduction

II. Anatomy and Embryology

III. Morphological Identification of Cell Types

IV. Cytological Localization of the Pituitary Hormones

V. Chemistry and Physiology of the Hormones


Chapter 3. The Peripheral Endocrine Glands

I. Adrenal Glands

II. Thyroid Gland

III. Endocrine Pancreas

IV. Parathyroid Glands

V. Ultimobranchial Bodies

VI. Thymus

VII. Bursa of Fabricius


Chapter 4. Neuroendocrinology in Birds

I. Introduction

II. Anatomy of the Avian Neurosecretory System

III. Hypothalamohypophyseal Neurovascular Link

IV. Biologically Active Substances in the Neurohypophysis

V. Functional Aspects of the Gomori-Positive Neurosecretory System

VI. Ependymal Function in the Median Eminence

VII. Functional Aspects of Gomori-Negative Hypophysiotropic Neurosecretory System

VIII. Concluding Remarks

IX. General Summary


Chapter 5. Avian Vision

I. Introduction

II. Aspects of Structure and Refraction

III. Aspects of the Retina and Visual Perception

IV. Conclusion


Chapter 6. Chemoreception

I. Introduction

II. Anatomy

III. Functional Capacity

IV. Functional Significance


Chapter 7. Mechanoreception

I. Introduction

II. Sensitivity of the Skin and Proprioception

III. Labyrinth (Organ of Equilibrium)

IV. Labyrinth (Auditory Organ)


Chapter 8. Behavior

I. Introduction

II. Analysis of Bird Behavior

III. Bird Behavior Illustrated by Functional Groups of Activities


Author Index

Index to Bird Names

Subject Index


No. of pages:
© Academic Press 1973
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:

About the Editor

Donald S. Farner

James R. King

Ratings and Reviews