Harriers of the World: Their Behaviour and Ecology / Edition 1

Harriers of the World: Their Behaviour and Ecology / Edition 1

by Robert Simmons
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198549644

ISBN-13: 9780198549642

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Harriers are a charismatic group of birds of prey with a worldwide distribution that have long fascinated bird watchers and scientists. Here for the first time the biology of the world's harriers is treated within one over, in readily accessible language. There are detailed comparisons of northern and southern species, descriptions of mating systems and population

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Harriers are a charismatic group of birds of prey with a worldwide distribution that have long fascinated bird watchers and scientists. Here for the first time the biology of the world's harriers is treated within one over, in readily accessible language. There are detailed comparisons of northern and southern species, descriptions of mating systems and population dynamics life histories, and insights into the selection pressures shaping the birds' life histories. The author addresses such questions as how females choose partners against their apparent self- interest, how they adjust to prevailing circumstances to produce the perfect clutch size, and what underlies variations in size dimorphism and copulation patterns. New information resulting from a DNA examination of the group reveals three new harrier species and allows construction of a new phylogeny of the harriers. The author's twin brother brings the book to life by fine original line drawings of these impressive birds. It will be a treat for all raptor biologists, amateur raptophiles, and behavioral ecologists interested in birds of prey.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198549642
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Oxford Ornithology Series, #11
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction. Changing perspectives: from natural history to behavioural ecology1
2Evolution and peculiarities of the harriers20
3Aerial displays: mate choice and reversed dimorphism59
4Of mice and harriers: who wins the arms race?96
5Mating patterns: polygyny and deception125
6Copulation patterns and sperm depletion170
7Sex ratio and egg size manipulation198
8Food and reproduction in the tropics227
9Clutch size and latitude266
10Synthesis313
References325
Index361

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