Avian Biology  - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122494086, 9780323157995

Avian Biology

1st Edition

Editors: Donald Farner
eBook ISBN: 9780323157995
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th August 1985
Page Count: 280
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Avian Biology,Volume VIII assesses selected aspects of avian biology. It is generally the conceptual descendant of Marshall's earlier treatise,“Biology and Comparative Physiology of Birds,” but is more than simply a revision of it. This volume consists of two relatively lengthy, diverse chapters that focus on adaptive significance of coloniality in birds and fossil records of birds. In particular, this volume looks into group phenomena related to central place systems, that is, systems in which one or more individuals move to and from a centrally located place in the course of daily activities. It also addresses selective factors that have been suggested to explain why individuals should form colonies rather than disperse within the available foraging space. This book will be useful as a reference material for advanced students and instructors in this field of interest.

Table of Contents


General Preface

Preface to Volume VIII

Note on Taxonomy

Contents of Other Volumes

Chapter 1. The Adaptive Significance of Coloniality in Birds

I. Introduction

II. Definition and Occurrence

III. Toward a Better Theoretical Perspective

IV. Energetic Effects

V. Predation Effects

VI. Egg Destruction and Chick Killing

VII. Extra-Pair Copulations

VIII. Other Considerations

IX. Toward a Synthesis: Temporal Fitness Patterns

X. Conclusion


Chapter 2. The Fossil Record of Birds

I. Introduction

II. Archaeopteryx

III. Early Cretaceous Birds

IV. Hesperornithiformes

V. Ichthyornithiformes

VI. Other Mesozoic Birds

VII. Paleognathous Birds

VIII. The "Basal" Land Bird Assemblage

IX. The "Higher" Land Bird Assemblage

X. The Water Bird Assemblage

XI. Conclusion


Index to Bird Names

Subject Index


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