Population Limitation in Birds

Population Limitation in Birds

1st Edition - April 8, 1998

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  • Author: Ian Newton
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780125173667
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080879239

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This book meets the demand for a comprehensive introduction to understanding the processes of population limitation. Recognized world-wide as a respected biologist and communicator, Dr. Ian Newton has now written a clear and detailed treatise on local scale population limiting factors in birds. It is based almost entirely on results from field studies, though it is set in a contemporary theoretical framework. The 16 chapters fall under three major section headings: Behavior and Density Regulation; Natural Limiting Factors; and Human Impacts. Population Limitation in Birds serves as a needed resource expanding on Dr. David Lacks research in this area of ornithology in the 1950s. It includes numerous line diagrams and beautiful illustrations by acclaimed wildlife artist Keith Brockie.

Key Features

  • Provides a sorely needed introduction to a long-established core subject in ornithology
  • Focuses on local scale factors
  • Written by a well-known biologist and effective communicator
  • Includes numerous line diagrams and beautiful illustrations by acclaimed wildlife artist Keith Brockie


Advanced undergraduates and introductory research students in ornithology, ecology, population dynamics; lay readers with a serious interest in bird biology.

Table of Contents

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    Behaviour and Density Regulation:
    Social Systems and Status.
    Habitat and Density Regulation.
    Territorial Behaviour and Density Limitation.
    Density Dependence in Bird Populations.
    Habitat Fragments and Metapopulations.
    Natural Limiting Factors:
    Parasites and Pathogens.
    Inter-Specific Competition.
    Interactions Between Different Limiting Factors.
    Human Impacts:
    Hunting and Pest Control.
    Pesticides and Pollutants.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 597
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1998
  • Published: April 8, 1998
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780125173667
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080879239

About the Author

Ian Newton

Dr. Ian Newton is respected world-wide both as a biologist with a special interest and expertise in this subject and as a communicator. He is a seasoned and popular keynote speaker at National and International meetings, and his talks are often the high point of conferences. Ian Newton was born and raised in north Derbyshire. He attended Chesterfield Boys Grammar School, followed by the universities of Bristol and Oxford. He has been interested in birds since boyhood, and as a teenager developed a particular fascination with finches, which later led to doctoral and post-doctoral studies on these birds. Later in life he became known for his penetrating field studies of bird populations, notably on raptors. He is now a senior ecologist with the Natural Environment Research Council and visiting professor of ornithology at the University of Oxford.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Ecologist, Natural Environment Research Council, Swindon, United Kingdom

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