Bird Migration

Bird Migration

by Thomas Alerstam
     
 

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The aim of this book is to give a general overview of the whole subject of bird migration. After a chapter describing the Earth's climate and ecosystem, the book is divided into three main sections. The first presents the life histories and migratory habits of nine different ecological categories of birds. The second section deals with the course and timing of the

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The aim of this book is to give a general overview of the whole subject of bird migration. After a chapter describing the Earth's climate and ecosystem, the book is divided into three main sections. The first presents the life histories and migratory habits of nine different ecological categories of birds. The second section deals with the course and timing of the flight journeys, flight behavior, fuel economy, flocking, and the hazards from disorientation and predation. The final section covers the ways that birds navigate and shows that this process is still by no means fully understood.

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"... presents both the basic principles and the fascinating natural history—and it does so in a style that preserves wonder and magic of its subject." Jeremy J.D. Greenwood, Nature

"...well-written and well-translated; the non-academic reader will find it accessible and fascinating." Bird Watcher's Digest

"A superior book on bird migration, recommended for all libraries." Choice

"The book contains an incredible amount of information on avian ecology and migration....this is the most enjoyable and readable book on the topic that I have seen. I strongly urge anyone interested in migration to read it." Robert C. Beason, Journal of Field Ornithology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521448222
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.87(d)

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