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Ornithology

Foundation, Analysis, and Application

edited by Michael L. Morrison, Amanda D. Rodewald, Gary Voelker, Melanie R. Colón, and Jonathan F. Prather

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The essential text for ornithology courses, this book will leave students with a lifelong understanding and appreciation of the biology and ecology of birds.

Aves, the birds, is the wildlife group that people most frequently encounter. With over 10,000 species worldwide, these animals are part of our everyday experience. They are also the focus of intense research, and their management and conservation is a subject of considerable effort throughout the world. But what are the defining attributes that make a bird a bird?

Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, Ornithology provides a solid…

The essential text for ornithology courses, this book will leave students with a lifelong understanding and appreciation of the biology and ecology of birds.

Aves, the birds, is the wildlife group that people most frequently encounter. With over 10,000 species worldwide, these animals are part of our everyday experience. They are also the focus of intense research, and their management and conservation is a subject of considerable effort throughout the world. But what are the defining attributes that make a bird a bird?

Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, Ornithology provides a solid modern foundation for understanding the life and development of birds. Written by renowned experts from around the globe, this comprehensive textbook draws on the latest research to create an innovative learning experience. Moving beyond bones, muscle, and feathers, it provides the core information needed to "build" the bird, linking anatomy and physiology with ecology and behavior.

As it reviews the major orders of birds, the book highlights their wide diversity and critically evaluates ornithological concepts and theories. Incorporating brief biographies of leaders in the field, the text describes their contributions in the context of key historical events in bird science. Each chapter ends with a summary of the material covered, a discussion of potential management and conservation applications, and suggested study questions that will stimulate thought and discussion.

Contributors: Peter Arcese, George E. Bentley, Lori A. Blanc, William M. Block, Alice Boyle, Leonard A. Brennan, Luke K. Butler, Zac Cheviron, Luis M. Chiappe, Melanie R. Colón, Caren B. Cooper, Robert J. Cooper, Jamie M. Cornelius, Carlos Martinez Del Rio, John Dumbacher, Shannon Farrell, Maureen Flannery, Geoffrey Geupel, Patricia Adair Gowaty, Thomas P. Hahn, Ashley M. Heers, Fritz Hertel, Geoffrey E. Hill, Matthew Johnson, Lukas F. Keller, Dylan C. Kesler, Pablo Sabat Kirkwood, John Klicka, Christopher A. Lepczyk, Ashley M. Long, Scott R. Loss, Graham R. Martin, John M. Marzluff, Susan B. McRae, Michael L. Morrison, Timothy J. O’Connell, Jen C. Owen, Marco Pavia, Jeffrey Podos, Lars Pomara, Jonathan F. Prather, Marco Restani, Alejandro Rico-Guevara, Amanda D. Rodewald, Vanya G. Rohwer, Matthias Starck, Michael W. Strohbach, S. Mažeika P. Sullivan, Diego Sustaita, Kerri T. Vierling, Gary Voelker, Margaret A. Voss, Jeff R. Walters, Paige S. Warren, Elisabeth B. Webb, Michael S. Webster, Eric M. Wood, Robert M. Zink, Benjamin Zuckerberg

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11
Pages
1016
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9781421424712
Illustration Description
730 color illus., 206 line drawings
Table of Contents

1. What Makes a Bird?, by Amanda D. Rodewald, Michael L. Morrison, Melanie R. Colón, Gary Voelker, and Jonathan F. Prather
2. Origin and Early Evolution of Birds, by Luis M. Chiappe
3. Species Concepts

1. What Makes a Bird?, by Amanda D. Rodewald, Michael L. Morrison, Melanie R. Colón, Gary Voelker, and Jonathan F. Prather
2. Origin and Early Evolution of Birds, by Luis M. Chiappe
3. Species Concepts and Speciation Analysis, by John Klicka and Robert M. Zink
4. Bird Distributions: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives, by Gary Voelker and Robert M. Zink
5. From Fertilization to Independence, by J. Matthias Starck
6. Anatomy, by Margaret A. Voss and Marco Pavia
7. Physiology, by Carlos Martinez del Rio, Zachary Cheviron, and Alejandro Pablo Sabat Kirkwood
8. Endocrinology, by George E. Bentley, Jamie M. Cornelius, and Thomas P. Hahn
9. Feathers and Molt, by Vanya G. Rohwer and Luke K. Butler
10. Flight and Locomotion, by Ashley M. Heers
11. Coloration, by Geoffrey E. Hill
12. The Senses, by Graham R. Martin
13. Song and the Brain, by Jonathan F. Prather
14. Acoustic Communication, by Jeffrey Podos and Michael S. Webster
15. Foraging Behavior, by Diego Sustaita, Alejandro Rico-Guevara, and Fritz Hertel
16. Reproductive Behavior and Mating Systems, by Patricia Adair Gowaty
17. Social Systems, by Susan B. McRae
18. Habitat Ecology, by Matthew D. Johnson and Eric M. Wood
19. Birds on the Move: Ecology of Migration and Dispersal, by W. Alice Boyle
20. Population Structure, by Peter Arcese and Lukas F. Keller
21. Population Ecology, by Leonard A. Brennan and William Block
22. Assemblages and Communities, by Robert J. Cooper and Shannon Farrell
23. Parasites and Diseases, by Jennifer Owen
24. Modern Climate Change and Birds, by Benjamin Zuckerberg and Lars Y. Pomara
25. Extinction and Endangerment, by John M. Marzluff and Marco Restani
26. In Harm's Way, by Timothy J. O'Connell and Scott R. Loss
27. Conservation Tools and Strategies, by Jeffrey R. Walters, Dylan C. Kesler, and Elisabeth B. Webb
28. Ecosystem and Landscape Management and Planning, by Mažeika P. Sullivan and Kerri T. Vierling
29. The Social and Economic Worth of Birds, by Christopher A. Lepczyk, Paige S. Warren, and Michael W. Strohbach
30. Pathways in Ornithology, by Melanie R. Colón, Ashley M. Long, Lori A. Blanc, and Caren B. Cooper
31. Fundamental Techniques, by Geoffrey Geupel, John Dumbacher, and Maureen Flannery

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Michael L. Morrison
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Michael L. Morrison

Michael L. Morrison is a professor and the Caesar Kleberg Chair of wildlife ecology and conservation at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Restoring Wildlife: Ecological Concepts and Practical Applications and the coauthor of Wildlife-Habitat Relationships: Concepts and Applications and Wildlife Study Design.
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Amanda D. Rodewald Ph.D.

Amanda D. Rodewald is a professor at Cornell University, where she is the director of conservation science at the Lab of Ornithology.
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Gary Voelker, Ph.D.

Gary Voelker is a professor at Texas A&M University, where he is the faculty curator of birds in the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections.
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Melanie R. Colón

Melanie R. Colón is a postdoctoral research associate at Louisiana State University’s School of Renewable Natural Resources.
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Jonathan F. Prather

Jonathan F. Prather is an associate professor at the University of Wyoming, where he is the director of the Life Sciences Program.
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