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Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds, Second Edition provides the most updated and comprehensive review of the evolution of behavior in tropical landbirds. It reviews the 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, it 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. Tropical birds make up about 80% of all bird species so it is their natural history, not temperate birds, that should be viewed as the norm for birds. The latter portion of the book delves into the importance of bird behavior in understanding conservation threats to tropical birds such as habitat loss and global warming.
Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds, Second Edition is an important resource for researchers, ecologists, and conservationists who want to understand the rich and complex evolutionary history of avian behavior.
- Includes examples from around the world
- Provides a historical perspective on new knowledge in the past 20 years
- Identifies which knowledge gaps have been filled and new gaps that have emerged
- First book to explore how avian behavior in the tropics is related to their conservation
Researchers and practitioners in avian studies, conservationism (specifically avian conservation), zoology, ecology. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in zoology, conservation, and ecology disciplines
1. Why are tropical birds interesting?
2. Breeding seasons
3. Life history traits
4. Pace of life
5. Mating systems and mate choice
7. Migration and movement behavior
9. Biotic Interactions
10. Conservation and behavior
11. Conclusion: Is the temperate zone bias still a problem?
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- © Academic Press 2021
- 1st December 2021
- Academic Press
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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.
Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.
Conservation and Research Center of the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
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