Birds of Two Worlds: The Ecology and Evolution of Migration

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For centuries biologists have tried to understand the underpinnings of avian migration: where birds go and why, why some migrate and some do not, how they adapt to a changing environment, and how migratory systems evolve. Twenty-five years ago the answers to many of these questions were addressed by a collection of migration experts in Keast and Morton's classic work Migrant Birds in the Neotropics. In 1992, Hagan and Johnston published a follow-up book, Ecology and Conservation...

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Overview

For centuries biologists have tried to understand the underpinnings of avian migration: where birds go and why, why some migrate and some do not, how they adapt to a changing environment, and how migratory systems evolve. Twenty-five years ago the answers to many of these questions were addressed by a collection of migration experts in Keast and Morton's classic work Migrant Birds in the Neotropics. In 1992, Hagan and Johnston published a follow-up book, Ecology and Conservation of Neotropical Migrant Landbirds.

In Birds of Two Worlds Russell Greenberg and Peter Marra bring together the world's experts on avian migration to discuss its ecology and evolution. The contributors move the discussion of migration to a global stage, looking at all avian migration systems and delving deeper into the evolutionary foundations of migratory behavior. Readers interested in the biology, behavior, ecology, and evolution of birds have waited a decade to see a worthy successor to the earlier classics. Birds of Two Worlds will complete the trilogy and become indispensable for ornithologists, evolutionary biologists, serious birders, and public and academic libraries.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Ecoscience
This book will be of considerable interest to all those studying migrating passerines.

— Gilles Gauthier

Southeastern Naturalist

An important resource for professionals and serious birders.

The Bookwatch

Collections strong in natural history, ecology, and bird behavior and lore will find Birds of Two Worlds an indispensable ornithological reference.

Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Birds of Two Worlds should be of value to anyone interested in the movement patterns of birds and other animals.

— Ian Newton

Ecology
An important volume that will be of value to anyone interested in migratory birds and migration.

— Jason Jones

Trends in Ecology and Evolution - Ian Newton

Birds of Two Worlds should be of value to anyone interested in the movement patterns of birds and other animals.

Ecology - Jason Jones

An important volume that will be of value to anyone interested in migratory birds and migration.

Ecoscience - Gilles Gauthier

This book will be of considerable interest to all those studying migrating passerines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801881077
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Greenberg is director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Peter P. Marra is a research scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Evolution of migration systems
Overview 3
1 The paleoecology and fossil history of migratory landbirds 5
2 Molecular approaches to the evolution and ecology of migration 18
3 Siberian migratory divides : the role of seasonal migration in speciation 27
4 Inter- and intrapopulation migration patterns : ideas, evidence, and research priorities 41
5 Predicting migratory behavior in landbirds 53
Pt. 2 Adaptations for two worlds
Overview 65
6 Migration takes guts : digestive physiology of migratory birds and its ecological significance 67
7 To be a migrant : ecomorphological burdens and chances 79
8 Ecology and demography of east-west differences in molt scheduling of neotropical migrant passerines 87
9 Food limitation among wintering birds : a view from adaptive body mass models 106
10 Behavioral and cognitive adaptations to long-distance migration 114
Pt. 3 Biogeography
Overview 127
11 Ecological and biogeographical aspects of the distribution of migrants versus residents in European and North American forest bird communities 131
12 Influence of migrants of temperate bird communities : a macroecological approach 143
13 Old world versus new world long-distance migration in accipiters, buteos, and falcons : the interplay of migration ability and global biogeography 154
14 Seasonal distribution and ecology of South American austral migrant flycatchers 168
15 The temporal and spatial structure of the atmosphere and its influence on bird migration strategies 182
Pt. 4 Connectivity
Overview 197
16 The importance of understanding migratory connectivity and seasonal interactions 199
17 Migrants and their parasites : a bridge between two worlds 210
18 Molecular genetic approaches to linking breeding and overwintering areas in five neotropical migrant passerines 222
19 Flying fingerprints : making connections with stable isotopes and trace elements 235
Pt. 5 Migration itself
Overview 249
20 Stopover ecology of intercontinental migrants : en route problems and consequences for reproductive performance 251
21 Fuel storage rates before northward flights in red knots worldwide : facing the severest ecological constraint in tropical intertidal environments? 262
22 Individual migratory tactics of new world catharus thrushes : current knowledge and future tracking options from space 274
23 Hormones and variation in life history strategies of migratory and nonmigratory birds 290
Pt. 6 Behavioral ecology
Overview 305
24 Sex roles in migrants : extra-pair mating systems and winter social systems 307
25 Spring molt constraints versus winter territoriality : is conspicuous winter coloration maladaptive? 321
26 Ecological correlates of wintering social systems in new world and old world migratory passerines 336
27 Correlated evolution of ecological differences among the old world leaf warblers in the breeding and nonbreeding seasons 359
Pt. 7 Population ecology
Overview 373
28 Modeling seasonal interactions in the population dynamics of migratory birds 375
29 Using remote sensing data to identify migration and wintering areas and to analyze effects of environmental conditions on migratory birds 390
30 How do migration and dispersal interact? 401
31 Does winter food limit populations of migratory birds? 414
32 Long-term demographic trends, limiting factors, and the strength of density dependence in a breeding population of a migratory songbird 426
33 The renaissance of migratory bird biology : a synthesis 437
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