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

Avian Biology

1st Edition

Editors: Donald Farner James King Kenneth Parkes
Paperback ISBN: 9780124120204
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122494079
eBook ISBN: 9780323140027
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th August 1983
Page Count: 542
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Table of Contents

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


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

Affiliations and Expertise

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

James King

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

Affiliations and Expertise

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