Behavioral Ecology Of Tropical Birds

Paperback | January 3, 2001

byBridget J.m. Stutchbury, Eugene S. MortonEditorBridget J.m. Stutchbury

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This book examines behavioral adaptations of tropical birds in timing of breeding, life history traits, mating systems and parental care, territoriality, communication, and biotic interactions, and emphasizes the many gaps in our knowledge of tropical birds. We urge students and researchers in temperate and tropical regions alike to realize the potential they have for improving our knowledge of avian adaptations far beyond what is currently accepted as gospel. Time is running out.

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This book examines behavioral adaptations of tropical birds in timing of breeding, life history traits, mating systems and parental care, territoriality, communication, and biotic interactions, and emphasizes the many gaps in our knowledge of tropical birds. We urge students and researchers in temperate and tropical regions alike to re...

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The main theme of this book is to illustrate, how, and why tropical birds are so different from temperate zone birds. The book's purpose is to dispel the temperate zone biologist's ignorance of tropical biology and to stimulate more research on tropical birds.There is a temperate zone bias that derives from the great number of research...

Bridget Stutchbury is an Associate Professor of Biology at York University in Toronto, Canada. She has conducted research on migrant songbird ecology in Mexico, and mating systems of resident passerines in Panama. In addition, she has published numerous papers on the behavioral ecology of temperate bird zones.Eugene Morton is a Senior ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:165 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 3, 2001Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0126755566

ISBN - 13:9780126755565

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Table of Contents

Preface.
Why are Tropical Birds Interesting?
Breeding Seasons.
Life History Traits.
Mating Systems.
Territoriality.
Communication.
Biotic Interactions.
References.
Index.

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"This original and valuable book will help to broaden the understanding of avian ecology throughout the world."- D. Flaspohler, Michigan Technical University, in CHOICE (January 2002)"This is a stimulating book and a rich source of research ideas written at a level suitable for undergraduates..."--Jeremy Lindsell in IBIS (2001)"The principal strength of this book is the authors' breadth of experience, which provides credibility to their claims. ...I recommend Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds to budding behavioral ecologists who are on the prowl for research topics that may alter the directions of the field, and to ecologists in the temperate zone who wonder why their colleagues go to the bother and expense of mounting behavioral research projects in the tropics."--Tom A. Langen, Clarkson University, in ECOLOGY (November 2001)