Avian Biology

Avian Biology

Volume VI

First published on August 28, 1982

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  • Editors: Donald S. Farner, James R. King, Kenneth C. Parkes
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483269450

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Avian Biology, Volume VI is a compendium of papers that deals with selected aspects of avian biology. One paper discusses the avian mating behavior and covers topics such as monogamy, polygyny, male incubation, and female emancipation; these papers also list a table of the species of birds in which polyandry has been observed. Another paper examines bird migration in relation to the mechanism and development of migration with emphasis on the evolution and function (ultimate causation) of migration. Another paper discusses the advantages of one form of social organization of birds during the non-reproductive season over another form. This paper reasons the possibility of the existence of a cost-benefit social behavior. Other papers discuss some physical features found in birds such as stomach oils and glycogen-filled cells. Another paper deals with the respiratory physiology of birds as new research data have been made available in this area. This book can prove useful for investigators in avian biology, zoologists, and readers who have a general interest in birds.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors

    General Preface

    Preface to Volume VI

    Note on Taxonomy

    Contents of Other Volumes

    Chapter 1. Avian Mating Systems

    I. Introduction

    II. Monogamy

    III. Functional Types of Polygyny

    IV. Male Incubation, Female Emancipation, and the Evolution of Polyandrous Strategies

    V. Conclusion


    Chapter 2. The Ecology and Evolution of Avian Migration Systems

    I. Introduction

    II. Movement in Response to Environmental Change

    III. Movement Patterns in Time and Space

    IV. Evolutionary Theories of Bird Migration

    V. Diversity of Avian Migration Patterns


    Chapter 3. Social Organization in the Nonreproductive Season

    I. Introduction

    II. Flocking and the Risk of Predation

    III. Social Foraging and the Risk of Starvation

    IV. The Economics of Aggression

    V. Prospect


    Chapter 4. The Uropygial Gland

    I. Structure of the Uropygial or Preen Gland

    II. Secretions of the Uropygial Gland


    Chapter 5. Stomach Oils

    I. Introduction

    II. Occurrence of Stomach Oils

    III. Chemical Composition of Stomach Oils

    IV. Origin of Stomach Oils

    V. Function of Stomach Oil


    Chapter 6. The Glycogen Body

    I. Introduction

    II. Historical Perspective

    III. Development

    IV. Biochemistry and Metabolism

    V. Structure

    VI. Functional Significance

    VII. Concluding Remarks


    Chapter 7. Domestication in Birds

    I. Introduction

    II. Domestication in Birds: Definition and History

    III. Domestication Characteristics in Birds

    IV. The Zebra Finch: A Case History in Domestication

    V. Conclusions


    Chapter 8. Respiration and Control of Breathing

    I. Introduction

    II. Ventilation of the Respiratory Tract

    III. Gas Transport Properties of Blood

    IV. Basic Concepts for Parabronchial Gas Exchange

    V. The Cross-Current Model and the Real Lung

    VI. Respiration and Gas Exchange at Rest

    VII. Respiration and Gas Exchange at Specialized Activities

    VIII. Control of Breathing

    IX. Respiration of the Avian Embryo


    Author Index

    Index to Bird Names

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 514
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1982
  • Published: August 28, 1982
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483269450

About the Editors

Donald S. Farner

James R. King

Kenneth C. Parkes

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