Bird Migration: A General Survey / Edition 2

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Ten years have passed since the first edition of this book. During that time the field of bird migration has experienced many advances which are reflected in this second edition. No other book exists to bring together the vast amount of information currently available on the subject of bird migration. Includes discussion of evolution and history of bird migration, physiology, orientation mechanisms and threats to migrations and is accessible to experts as well as amateurs.

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"A component of the Oxford Ornithological Series, Bird Migration is a systematic approach to the study of all bird movements and is well-presented and easy to interpret. The German author is widely recognized for his work in ornithology. Many of the examples used are Old World birds, giving the reader gains significant insights into the peregrinations of all the world's birdlife. Particularly insightful and distressing is chapter, Threats and the Conservation and Future of Migrants. The academically-inclined will find this book invaluable in their teaching and research. Naturalists will be fascinated by the wealth of information and chapters that include Evolutionary Aspects of Bird Migration in the Future, and The Significance of Bird Migration for Human Society."—Northeastern Naturalist

"The second edition has been expanded to reflect recent studies in the field; a lengthy bibliography is included. Although the research studies used rely on figures of populations of migratory birds in Western Europe and Africa, the scholarly approach of the text ensures that it will also be an important resource in the Americas. Berthold introduces the study with chapters on the evolution, genetic basis, extent of bird migration, and the history of its study. The bulk of the text describes bird migration, the current methods for its study, the many types of migration known, and the physiological bases and control that allows migration to happen. The concluding chapters address the depressing reality of decline in migrant populations and future threats."—SciTech Book News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198507864
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Oxford Ornithology Series, #12
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Evolution, genetic basis, and extent of bird migration
3. History of bird migration studies
4. Current methods of studying bird migration
5. The Phenomena of bird migration
6. Physiology bases and control of bird migration
7. Orientation mechanisms
8. Synopsis: course and control of migration of a typical long-distance migrant
9. Threats and the conservation and the future of migrants
10. Evolutionary aspects of bird migration in the future
11. The significance of bird migration for human society
12. Outlook

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