Bird Song: Biological Themes and Variations / Edition 2
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Bird Song: Biological Themes and Variations / Edition 2

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by C. K. Catchpole, P. J. B. Slater
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521872421

ISBN-13: 9780521872423

Pub. Date: 06/09/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Bird song is one of the most remarkable and impressive sounds in the natural world, and has inspired not only students of natural history, but also great writers, poets and composers. Extensively updated from the first edition, the main thrust of this book is to suggest that the two main functions of song are attracting a mate and defending territory. It shows how

Overview

Bird song is one of the most remarkable and impressive sounds in the natural world, and has inspired not only students of natural history, but also great writers, poets and composers. Extensively updated from the first edition, the main thrust of this book is to suggest that the two main functions of song are attracting a mate and defending territory. It shows how this evolutionary pressure has led to the amazing variety and complexity we see in the songs of different species throughout the world. Writing primarily for students and researchers in animal behavior, the authors review over 1000 scientific papers and reveal how scientists are beginning to unravel and understand how and why birds communicate with the elaborate vocalizations we call song. Highly illustrated throughout and written in straightforward language, Bird Song also holds appeal for amateur ornithologists with some knowledge of biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521872423
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/09/2008
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. The study of bird song; 2. Production and perception; 3. How song develops; 4. Getting the message across; 5. When do birds sing?; 6. Recognition and territorial defence; 7. Sexual selection and female choice; 8. Themes and variations; 9. Variation in time and space.

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