Description

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.

Key Features

* Line drawings with graphs * Unpublished data and observations from decades of authors' research in tropics

Readership

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.

Details

No. of pages:
165
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2001
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780126755558
Electronic ISBN:
9780080527796

About the authors

Bridget Stutchbury

Bridget Stutchbury is an Associate Professor of Biology at York University in Toronto, Canada. 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Smithsonian Institute

Eugene Morton

Eugene Morton is a Senior Scientist at the Conservation and Research Center of the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution. 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 focussed on frugivory, vocal communication and the winter ecology of migrants. Both have worked extensively on both migratory birds and resident tropical birds, giving them a unique perspective on the evolution of the bird behavior.

Affiliations and Expertise

Smithsonian Institute

Reviews

@qu:"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:"...an articulate basic review of what currently is shaping the field of avian behavioral ecology in the tropics. ...The authors are to be commended for bringing together an information base that I hope will inspire ornithologists to add to its future expansion." @source:—John Kricher for THE WILSON BULLETIN (September 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) @qu:"...an articulate basic review of what currently is shaping the field of avia behavioral ecology in the tropics. ...The authos are to be commended for bringing together an information base that I hope will inspire ornithologists to add to its future expansion." @source:—John Kricher for THE WILSON BULLETIN (September 2001)