The Migration Ecology of Birds

The Migration Ecology of Birds

1st Edition - November 20, 2007
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  • Author: Ian Newton
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080554839
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780125173674

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Description

This book presents an up-to-date, detailed and thorough review of the most fascinating ecological findings of bird migration. It deals with all aspects of this absorbing subject, including the problems of navigation and vagrancy, the timing and physiological control of migration, the factors that limit their populations, and more. Author, Ian Newton, reveals the extraordinary adaptability of birds to the variable and changing conditions across the globe, including current climate change. This adventurous book places emphasis on ecological aspects, which have received only scant attention in previous publications. Overall, the book provides the most thorough and in-depth appraisal of current information available, with abundant tables, maps and diagrams, and many new insights. Written in a clear and readable style, this book appeals not only to migration researchers in the field and Ornithologists, but to anyone with an interest in this fascinating subject.

Key Features

* Hot ecological aspects include: various types of bird movements, including dispersal and nomadism, and how they relate to food supplies and other external conditions
* Contains numerous tables, maps and diagrams, a glossary, and a bibliography of more than 2,700 references
* Written by an active researcher with a distinguished career in avian ecology, including migration research

Readership

Ornithologists, ecologists, physiologists, biologists interested in animal movements, amateur naturalists, serious bird-watchers and bird-ringers.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 Methodology


    PART 1: THE MIGRATORY PROCESS


    Chapter 3 Migratory flight

    Chapter 4 Weather effects and other aspects

    Chapter 5 Fuelling the flights
    Chapter 6 Incredible journeys
    Chapter 7 Raptors and other soaring birds
    Chapter 8 Speed and duration of journeys
    Chapter 9 Finding the way
    Chapter 10 Vagrancy

    PART 2: THE TIMING AND CONTROL OF MIGRATION


    Chapter 11 Annual cycles

    Chapter 12 Control mechanisms


    PART 3: LARGE SCALE MOVEMENT PATTERNS


    Chapter 13 Geographical patterns

    Chapter 14 Seasonal occupation of breeding areas

    Chapter 15 Sex and age differences in migration
    Chapter 16 Variations on a migratory theme
    Chapter 17 Site fidelity and dispersal
    Chapter 18 Irruptive migrations: boreal seed-eaters
    Chapter 19 Irruptive migrations: owls, raptors and waterfowl

    PART 4: EVOLUTION OF MOVEMENT PATTERNS


    Chapter 20 Evolutionary aspects

    Chapter 21 Recent changes in bird migrations

    Chapter 22 Biogeographical legacies

    Chapter 23 Distribution patterns


    PART 5: MIGRATION SYSTEMS AND POPULATION LIMITATION

    Chapter 24 The Palaearctic-Afrotropical migration system

    Chapter 25 The Nearctic-Neotropical migration system

    Chapter 26 Population limitation – breeding and wintering areas
    Chapter 27 Population limitation – conditions on stopover
    Chapter 28 Mass mortality of migrants

    Glossary

    Bibliography

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 984
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: November 20, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080554839
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780125173674

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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  • Joseph U. Mon May 14 2018

    Comprehensive Review of Migration

    At nearly 1,000 pages, this is a hefty tome. It is good for both answering specific questions and for explaining fascinating, little known aspects of migration. Well illustrated and documented.

  • Joseph U. Thu Dec 28 2017

    The Migration Ecology of Birds

    Comprehensive and also nicely presented. I use it as a reference book but could also benefit from giving it a thorough read.