Avian Incubation: Behaviour, Environment and Evolution by DC DeemingAvian Incubation: Behaviour, Environment and Evolution by DC Deeming

Avian Incubation: Behaviour, Environment and Evolution

EditorDC Deeming

Hardcover | February 15, 2002

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This is the first scientific review of all factors affecting incubation in avian nests. These range from nest construction, egg characteristics and patterns of embryonic development. There is an extensive section describing incubation behaviour of parents and embryos, and there are chaptersreviewing brood patch physiology and the various factors determining the incubation environment, including nest microbiology. Another section provides chapters giving detailed descriptions of examples of unusual aspects of avian incubation, whilst the final section provides consideration of theecological, energetic and fitness cost of incubation. Written by authorities in their respective fields from around the world, this provides a comprehensive review of this critical aspect of avian reproduction. Much of the data included has not been previously published, and so Avian Incubation isnot only an extensive reference text but is also a valuable contribution to our basic understanding of incubation.
Deeming is an embryologist of 20 years, with his main expertise in egg turning in birds establishes during his Doctorate research at the University of Reading. He has also studied the development of alligators at the University of Manchester, as well as ostrich incubation, rearing, and behaviour. He is presently working as a consultan...
Title:Avian Incubation: Behaviour, Environment and EvolutionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:436 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198508107

ISBN - 13:9780198508106

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Table of Contents

1. D C Deeming: Importance and Evolution of Incubation in Avian reproduction2. M H Hansell and D C Deeming: Location Structure and Function of Incubation Sites3. D C Deeming: Functional Characteristics of Eggs4. D C Deeming: Embryonic Development and Utilisation of Egg Components5. C M Vleck: Hormonal Control of Incubation Behaviour6. D C Deeming: Behaviour Patterns During Incubation7. R B Brua: Parent-Embryo Interactions8. R W Lea abd H Klandorf: The Brood Patch9. J S Turner: Maintenance of Egg Temperature10. A Ar and Y Sidis: Nest Microclimate During Incubation11. D C Deeming: Patterns and Significance of Egg Turning12. G K Baggott and K Graeme-Cook: Microbiology of Natural Incubation13. D T Booth and D N Jones: Underground Nesting in the Megapodes14. W A Calder III: Characteristics and Constraints of Incubation in Hummingbirds15. F R Handsworth and M A Voss: Intermittent Incubation: Predictions and Tests for Time and Heat Allocations16. C Carey: Incubation in Extreme Environments17. S G Sealy, D G McMaster and B D Peer: Tactics of Obligate Brood Parasites to Secure Suitable Incubators18. P N Hebert: Ecological Factors Affecting Initiation of Incubation Behaviour19. T J Underwood and S G Sealy: Adaptive Significance of Egg Colouration20. J M Tinbergen and J B Williams: Energetics of Incubation21. J Reid, P Monaghan and R Nager: Incubation and the Costs of Reproduction22. D C Deeming: Perspectives in Avian Incubation

Editorial Reviews

"Providing a comprehensive review, and including much data that has not been previously published, 22 contributions discuss varous aspects of incubation including the functional characteristics of eggs, patterns of embryonic development, parent-embryo interactions, factors affecting the behavior of incubating birds, the diversity of nesting environments, and ecological and evolutionary aspects. The contributions are from more than a score of experts from around the world and include several by editor Deeming, who conducts a hatchery consulting business in the UK, and whose particular interest in the effects of egg turning upon incubation led to the development of this book."--SciTech Book News