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Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Birds
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Bog, paperback
Udgivelsesdato:
01-04-2010
Sprog:
Engelsk
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Birds have colonized almost every terrestrial habitat on the planet - from the poles to the tropics, and from deserts to high mountain tops. Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Birds focuses on our current understanding of the unique physiological characteristics of birds that are of particular interest to ornithologists, but also have a wider biological relevance. An introductory chapter covers the basic avian body plan and their still-enigmaticevolutionary history. The focus then shifts to a consideration of the essential components of that most fundamental of avian attributes: the ability to fly. The emphasis here is on feather evolution and development, flight energetics and aerodynamics, migration, and as a counterpoint, the curious secondaryevolution of flightlessness that has occurred in several lineages. This sets the stage for subsequent chapters, which present specific physiological topics within a strongly ecological and environmental framework. These include gas exchange, thermal and osmotic balance, 'classical' life history parameters (male and female reproductive costs, parental care and investment in offspring, and fecundity versus longevity tradeoffs), feeding and digestive physiology, adaptations to challengingenvironments (high altitude, deserts, marine habitats, cold), and neural specializations (notably those important in foraging, long-distance navigation, and song production). Throughout the book classical studies are integrated with the latest research findings. Numerous important and intriguing questionsawait further work, and the book concludes with a discussion of methods (emphasizing cutting-edge technology), approaches, and future research directions.

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Udgivelsesdato:
01-04-2010
ISBN13:
9780199228454
Vægt:
523 g
Dybde:
15 mm
Bredde:
154 mm
Højde:
234 mm
Format:
Paperback
Bibliotekernes beskrivelse This is the first book to examine avian physiology in detail as it relates to the environment. As with other books in the Ecological and Environmental Physiology Series, the emphasis is on the unique physiological characteristics of birds, although experimental techniques and future research directions are also considered. 60 illustrations

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