Bird Coloration, Volume 2: Function and Evolution

Bird Coloration, Volume 2: Function and Evolution

by Geoffrey E. Hill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674021762

ISBN-13: 9780674021761

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Harvard

In this companion volume to Bird Coloration: Volume 1, Mechanisms and Measurements, Geoffrey E. Hill and Kevin J. McGraw have assembled some of the world's leading experts in the function and evolution of bird coloration to contribute to a long-overdue synthesis of a burgeoning field of inquiry. In Volume 2, the authors turn from the problem of how birds

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In this companion volume to Bird Coloration: Volume 1, Mechanisms and Measurements, Geoffrey E. Hill and Kevin J. McGraw have assembled some of the world's leading experts in the function and evolution of bird coloration to contribute to a long-overdue synthesis of a burgeoning field of inquiry. In Volume 2, the authors turn from the problem of how birds see and produce color and how researchers measure it, to what is the function of the colorful displays of birds and what are the factors that shape the evolution of color signals.

The contributors to this volume begin by examining the function of coloration in a variety of contexts from mate choice, to social signaling, to individual recognition, synthesizing a vast amount of recent findings by researchers around the world. The volume and the series conclude with chapters that consider coloration from an explicitly evolutionary perspective, examining selective pressures that have led to the evolution of colors and patterns on body and plumage. These functional and evolutionary studies build from research on mechanisms of production and controls of expression, covered in the previous volume, bringing the study of color full circle.

This sumptuously illustrated book will be essential reading for biologists studying animal coloration, but it will also be treasured by anyone curious about why birds are colorful and how they got that way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674021761
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

I. Function

1. Natural selection and avian coloration: protection, concealment, advertisement, or deception?

Gary R. Bortolotti

2. Intraspecific variation in bird colors

James Dale

3. Bird colors as intrasexual signals of aggression and dominance

Juan Carlos Senar

4. Female mate choice for ornamental coloration in birds

Geoffrey E. Hill

5. The function and evolution of color in young birds

Rebecca M. Kilner

6. Benefits to female birds of assessing color displays

Simon C. Griffith and Sarah R. Pryke

7. Female coloration in birds: a review of functional and non-functional hypotheses

Trond Amundsen and Henrik Paern

II. Evolution

8. Colorful phenotypes of colorless genotypes: Towards a new evolutionary synthesis of bird color displays

Alexander V. Badyaev

9. Ecological explanations for interspecific variability in avian coloration

Ian P. F. Owens

10. Adding color to the past: Ancestral-state reconstruction of bird coloration

Kevin E. Omland and Christopher M. Hofmann

Acknowledgments

Contributors

Index

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