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Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126755565, 9780080926179

Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds

1st Edition

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Authors: Bridget Stutchbury Eugene Morton
Paperback ISBN: 9780126755565
eBook ISBN: 9780080926179
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 20th December 2000
Page Count: 165
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This book examines behavioral adaptations of tropical birds in timing of breeding, life history traits, mating systems and parental care, territoriality, communication, and biotic interactions, and emphasizes the many gaps in our knowledge of tropical birds. We urge students and researchers in temperate and tropical regions alike to realize the potential they have for improving our knowledge of avian adaptations far beyond what is currently accepted as gospel. Time is running out.


Professional ornithologists, conservation biologists, researchers in tropical bird ecology, and students in tropical bird ecology. May also be of interest to amateur bird enthusiasts and visitors to tropics.

Table of Contents

Preface. Why are Tropical Birds Interesting? Breeding Seasons. Life History Traits. Mating Systems. Territoriality. Communication. Biotic Interactions. References. Index.


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About the Authors

Bridget Stutchbury

Bridget Stutchbury is an Associate Professor of Biology at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is an internationally recognized expert on songbird behavior, ecology, and conservation; specifically, she has conducted research on migrant songbird ecology in Mexico, and mating systems of resident passerines in Panama. In addition, she has published numerous papers on the behavioral ecology of temperate bird zones. Dr. Stutchbury is the recipient of numerous research awards, mostly recently the York University President’s Research Excellence Award and Margaret Morse Nice Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Wilson Ornithological Society.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Eugene Morton

Eugene Morton is a Senior Scientist at the Conservation and Research Center of the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution. He received his PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Yale University. He has written several books on avian communication. He has studied tropical birds since 1964, chiefly in Panama, but also in Mexico, Cuba, and Venezuela. His tropical research has focused on frugivory, vocal communication and the winter ecology of migrants. Dr. Morton has worked extensively on both migratory birds and resident tropical birds, giving them a unique perspective on the evolution of the bird behavior. Dr. Morton was awarded the William Brewster Medal for the most significant body of ornithological research in the past decade from the American Ornithologists' Union. He has served on the boards on numerous associations, most recently as the Vice President then President of the Association of Field Ornithologists.

Affiliations and Expertise

Conservation and Research Center of the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA


"This original and valuable book will help to broaden the understanding of avian ecology throughout the world." @source:— D. Flaspohler, Michigan Technical University, in CHOICE (January 2002) @qu:"This is a stimulating book and a rich source of research ideas written at a level suitable for undergraduates..." @source:—-Jeremy Lindsell in IBIS (2001) @qu:"The principal strength of this book is the authors' breadth of experience, which provides credibility to their claims. ...I recommend Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds to budding behavioral ecologists who are on the prowl for research topics that may alter the directions of the field, and to ecologists in the temperate zone who wonder why their colleagues go to the bother and expense of mounting behavioral research projects in the tropics." @source:—-Tom A. Langen, Clarkson University, in ECOLOGY (November 2001)

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