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From the Publisher“… a new edition of the textbook that has introducedgenerations of undergraduates (and postgraduates) to the delightsof behavioural ecology, inspiring many (myself included) to take upthe discipline professionally, is a rare treat. Behaviouralecology is, fundamentally, modern-day natural history and there isno clearer written, more inspiringly enthusiastic guide to thesubject on the market. This book sets the gold standard forbehavioural ecology and animal behaviour textbooks which will nodoubt continue to inform and delight students and researchers inequal measure for many years to come.” (AnimalBehaviour, 1 March 2013)
“Overall, this seems a timely update to a very usefulbook; it should be widely used by lecturers and undergraduatesalike.” (British Ecological Society Bulletin, 1December 2012)
“[An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology, 4thEdition] Stands tall as the textbook to have in thefield of Behavioral Ecology...I expect anyone with an A level inBiology, or equivalent, or an interest in Zoology without thequalification, could pick this book up and get a lot out ofit...What this book is, is good science explained well, I scoredhigher in my behavioral ecology exam than I did in any other examin my finals. I wouldn’t put that entirely down to this book,but it certainly influenced things.
The book is well printed, as you would expect, with great clearphotographs used liberally, and a lot of graphs and diagrams.
In summary then, if you want to know why animals behave the waythey do, why swordtail fish do really have the long tails, whybirds sing, why fish shoal under certain circumstances, why wellfed parrot females produce more males, and why related long-tailedtits help each other raise young, then this book really is for you.I recommend it wholeheartedly.” (The Amateur Naturalistmagazine, 1 November 2012)
“The book opens with a section on Watching and Wondering,capturing the excitement of natural history, that same wondermentthat Kruuk describes so well, and then guides the reader through aseries of fascinating questions and findings, experiments and fieldstudies. . . This is clearly good for students wishing to puttogether presentations for assessments, and extremely useful forlecturers, new and old . . I should say that this is a certaintyand future generations will owe this book a considerabledebt.” (Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 1October 2012)
“Among the most influential books in the field ofbehavioral ecology, An Introduction to Behavioural Ecologycertainly stands out to the extent that it has been called ‘aclassic textbook.” (Trends in Ecology &Evolution, 2012)
“The long-awaited update to a classic in this field is nowhere, presenting new directions in thinking and addressingburning questions. Richly informed by progress in many otherdisciplines, such as sensory physiology, genetics and evolutionarytheory, it marks the emergence of behavioural ecology as afully fledged discipline….. This is a marvellous book,written in a lucid style. A must-read for those in the field, it isalso a cornucopia of new thinking for anyone interested inevolution and behaviour.” (Manfred Milinski,Nature, 2012)