Bird Migration: A General Survey

Paperback | August 9, 2001

byPeter Berthold

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The question of how birds migrate over enormous distances with apparently minimal guidance continues to excite both professional and amateur ornithologists. Nearly ten years have elapsed since Peter Berthold, a leading researcher in the field, wrote the first edition of this highly readableand fascinating book. During that time the field has advanced by strides, so that this new edition has been extensively revised, expanded, and updated. No other book exists that brings together the vast amount of information that is available on the subject of bird migration, so that the book willbe an inspiration to birdwatchers, naturalists, and ornithologists alike.

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The question of how birds migrate over enormous distances with apparently minimal guidance continues to excite both professional and amateur ornithologists. Nearly ten years have elapsed since Peter Berthold, a leading researcher in the field, wrote the first edition of this highly readableand fascinating book. During that time the f...

Berthold is Director of theMax Planck Institute for animal physiology in Germany.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:August 9, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198507879

ISBN - 13:9780198507871

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Table of Contents

IntroductionEvolution, genetic basis, and extent of bird migrationHistory of bird migration studiesCurrent methods of studying bird migrationThe phenomena of bird migrationPhysiological bases and control of bird migrationOrientation mechanismsSynopsis: course and control of migration of a typical long-distance migrant passerineThreats and the conservation and future of migrantsEvolutionary aspects of bird migration in the futureThe significance of bird migration for human societyOutlook

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"A component of the Oxford Ornithological Series, Bird Migration is a systematic approach to the study of all bird movements and is well-presented and easy to interpret. The German author is widely recognized for his work in ornithology. Many of the examples used are Old World birds, giving thereader gains significant insights into the peregrinations of all the world's birdlife. Particularly insightful and distressing is chapter, Threats and the Conservation and Future of Migrants. The academically-inclined will find this book invaluable in their teaching and research. Naturalists will befascinated by the wealth of information and chapters that include Evolutionary Aspects of Bird Migration in the Future, and The Significance of Bird Migration for Human Society."--Northeastern Naturalist"The second edition has been expanded to reflect recent studies in the field; a lengthy bibliography is included. Although the research studies used rely on figures of populations of migratory birds in Western Europe and Africa, the scholarly approach of the text ensures that it will also be animportant resource in the Americas. Berthold introduces the study with chapters on the evolution, genetic basis, extent of bird migration, and the history of its study. The bulk of the text describes bird migration, the current methods for its study, the many types of migration known, and thephysiological bases and control that allows migration to happen. The concluding chapters address the depressing reality of decline in migrant populations and future threats."--SciTech Book News