Avian Biology

Avian Biology

First published on August 9, 1985

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  • Editor: Donald Farner
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323157995

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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

  • Contributors

    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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  • No. of pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1985
  • Published: August 9, 1985
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323157995

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Donald Farner

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