ISBN-10:
0674018931
ISBN-13:
9780674018938
Pub. Date:
02/28/2006
Publisher:
Harvard
Bird Coloration, Volume 1: Mechanisms and Measurements

Bird Coloration, Volume 1: Mechanisms and Measurements

by Geoffrey E. Hill, Kevin J. McGrawGeoffrey E. Hill

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Overview

One cannot help being struck with wonder at the vivid pink of 10,000 flamingos rising from Lake Nakuru or the glowing red gorget of a ruby-throated hummingbird feeding outside the kitchen window. How birds produce the brilliant and striking coloration of their feathers and other body parts is the focus of this first volume of Bird Coloration. It has been more than 40 years since the mechanisms of color production of birds have been reviewed and synthesized and in those 40 years new pigments have been discovered, new genetic mechanisms have been described, new theories have been developed, and hundreds of new experiments have been conducted.

Geoffrey Hill and Kevin McGraw have assembled the world's leading experts in perception, measurement, and control of bird coloration to contribute to this book. This sumptuously illustrated volume synthesizes more than 1,500 technical papers in this field. The focus is on the three primary mechanisms of color production—melanin pigmentation, carotenoid pigmentation, and structural coloration—but less common as well as newly described mechanisms of color production are also reviewed in detail. The visual perception of birds and the best ways to collect and analyze color data are, for the first time, presented as part of the review of mechanisms of coloration. This book will be essential reading for biologists studying animal coloration, but it will also be treasured by anyone curious about how birds produce and perceive their bold and brilliant color displays.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674018938
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Geoffrey E. Hill is Alumni Professor of Biological Sciences, Auburn University.

Kevin J. McGraw is Assistant Professor of Life Sciences, Arizona State University.

Table of Contents

Preface

I. Perception and Measurements


1. Color Perception
Innes C. Cuthill


2. Quantification of Coloration
Staffan Andersson and Maria Prager


3. Analyzing Colors
Robert Montgomerie


4. Effects of Light Environment on Color Communication
Marc Théry

II. Mechanisms of Production


5. Mechanics of Carotenoid-based Coloration
Kevin J. McGraw


6. Mechanics of Melanin-based Coloration
Kevin J. McGraw


7. Anatomy, Physics, and Evolution of Structural Colors
Richard O. Prum


8. The Mechanics of Uncommon Colors: Pterins, Porphyrins, and Psittacofulvins
Kevin J. McGraw


9. Cosmetic and Adventitious Colors
Robert Montgomerie

III. Controls and Regulation of Expression


10. Hormonal Control of Coloration
Rebecca T. Kimball


11. The Genetic Basis of Color Variation
Nicholas I. Mundy


12. Environmental Regulation of Ornamental Coloration
Geoffrey E. Hill

Acknowledgments


Contributors


Index

What People are Saying About This

Together, these two volumes present an outstanding collection of contributions, written by leaders in the field and offering a modern, state-of-the-art review of our understanding of bird coloration--including the mechanisms, function, and evolution underlying the variation we see today.

Michael S. Webster

Together, these two volumes present an outstanding collection of contributions, written by leaders in the field and offering a modern, state-of-the-art review of our understanding of bird coloration--including the mechanisms, function, and evolution underlying the variation we see today.
Michael S. Webster, Washington State University

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