Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds

Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds

2nd Edition - September 28, 2022

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  • Authors: Bridget Stutchbury, Eugene Morton
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128238158
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128238141

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Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds, Second Edition provides the most updated and comprehensive review on the evolution of behavior in tropical landbirds. The book reviews gaps in our knowledge that were identified twenty years ago when the first edition was published, highlights recent discoveries that have filled those gaps, and identifies new areas in urgent need of study. It covers key topics, including timing of breeding, movement ecology, life history traits, slow vs. fast pace of life, mating systems, mate choice, territoriality, communication, biotic interactions, and conservation. Written by international experts on the behavior of tropical birds, the book explores why the tropics is a unique natural laboratory to study the evolution of bird behavior and why temperate zone species are so different. A recent surge of studies on tropical birds has helped to reduce the temperate zone bias that arose because most avian model species in behavioral ecology were adapted to northern temperate climates. This is an important resource for researchers, ecologists and conservationists who want to understand the rich and complex evolutionary history of avian behavior.

Key Features

  • Includes examples from around the world
  • Provides a historical perspective on new knowledge in the past 20 years
  • Identifies knowledge gaps that have been filled, along with new gaps that have emerged
  • Explores how avian behavior in the tropics is related to conservation


Researchers and practitioners in avian studies, conservationism (specifically avian conservation), zoology, ecology. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in zoology, conservation, and ecology disciplines

Table of Contents

  • 1. Why are tropical birds interesting?
    2. Breeding seasons
    3. Life history traits
    4. Pace of life
    5. Mating systems and mate choice
    6. Territoriality
    7. Migration and movement behavior
    8. Communication
    9. Biotic Interactions
    10. Conservation and behavior
    11. Conclusion: Is the temperate zone bias still a problem?

Product details

  • No. of pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: September 28, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128238158
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128238141

About the Authors

Bridget Stutchbury

Bridget Stutchbury is a Distinguished Research Professor of Biology at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is an internationally recognized expert on songbird behavior, migration, and conservation. She and her graduate students have studied mating systems, communication, and territory defense in a range of resident passerines in Panama, as well as the non-breeding ecology of migrants in Mexico, Belize, and Costa Rica. She has also published numerous papers on the behavioral ecology of temperate-breeding passerines and she pioneered the use of light-level geolocators to track start-to-finish long distance migration of small birds. Dr. Stutchbury is the recipient of numerous research awards, including a Canada Research Chair award, the Margaret Morse Nice Award for lifetime achievement from the Wilson Ornithological Society, the Elliott Coues Award for outstanding and innovative contributions to ornithological research from the American Ornithological Society, and the Jamie Smith Memorial Mentoring Award from the Society of Canadian Ornithology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Eugene Morton

Eugene Morton is a Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 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 Nearctic-Neotropical migratory birds and tropical birds, giving him a unique perspective on the evolution of the bird behavior. Dr. Morton was awarded the William Brewster Medal for his exceptional body of work on birds of the Western Hemisphere from the American Ornithological Society. He has served on the boards on numerous bird and conservation associations and was once President of the Association of Field Ornithologists.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

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