Ecology and Behavior of Chickadees and Titmice: an integrated approach

Hardcover | March 1, 2007

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Chickadees and titmice are among the most popular birds in North America, due in large part to their readiness to use bird feeders, to nest in urban gardens, and even to be trained to take food from people's hands. These attributes have also made them (and their Eurasian tit counterparts)perhaps the most intensively studied bird family in the world. Long-term research in Europe has yielded some of the most comprehensive data on the impact of global warming on the breeding ecology of birds. Chickadees have amongst the best-studied and most complex vocal behaviour of any birdspecies, displaying one of the closest analogies to human sentence structure in the animal kingdom in their familiar chick-a-dee call. The social dominance hierarchies commonly witnessed in the form of squabbling at winter feeders are some of most stable and closely studied, and have huge impactson controlling the lives of these small birds. Their food-storing behavior, and the brain and physiological mechanisms controlling this, has contributed significantly to our wider understanding of spatial orientation. In recent years, these birds have also been used as model species forinvestigating topics as diverse as inter-species hybridization, the impacts of forest fragmentation and complex systems of communication. In short, chickadees and titmice have contributed enormously to our understanding of a myriad of topics in ecology, behavior and psychology. This book brings together a range of experts from across North America who utilise chickadees or titmice as study organisms. Each chapter reviews the latest advances in evolution and behavioral research that have been accomplished through the study of North American Parids, and compares andcontrasts this literature with research on their Eurasian counterparts as well as other avian families. This research level text is aimed at professional avian biologists and ornithologists as well as graduate students of avian behavioral ecology and evolution. It will also appeal to a more general audience of behavioural ecologists, neuroethologists and experimental psychologists.

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Chickadees and titmice are among the most popular birds in North America, due in large part to their readiness to use bird feeders, to nest in urban gardens, and even to be trained to take food from people's hands. These attributes have also made them (and their Eurasian tit counterparts)perhaps the most intensively studied bird famil...

Ken A. Otter is Associate Professor in Biology at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.94 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Ken A. Otter: Preface1. Susan M. Smith: Introduction to the North American ParidaeProximate Mechanisms in Behavior and Evolution2. David F. Sherry and Jennifer S. Hoshooley: Neurobiology of spatial behavior3. Vladimir V. Pravosudov: The relationship between environment, corticosterone, food caching, spatial memory and the hippocampus in chickadees4. Leslie S. Phillmore and Scott A. Macdougall-Shackleton: Photoperiodism and the annual cycle of black-capped chickadees5. Scott M. Ramsay and Ken A. Otter: Fine-scale variation in the timing of reproduction in titmice and chickadeesSynopsis 1. David F. Sherry, Vladimir V. Pravosudov, Scott A. Macdougall-Shackleton, Jennifer S. Hoshooley and Leslie S. Phillmore: Proximate mechanisms in behavior and evolutionReproductive Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior6. Theresa M. Burg: Phylogeography of chestnut-backed chickadees in western North America7. Robert L. Curry, Mathew W. Reudink and Lindsay M. Rossano: Behavioral aspects of chickadee hybridization8. Kathy Martin and Andrea R. Norris: Population density, nest site selection, and reproduction in Mountain Chickadees with changes in forest health and the Nest Web structure9. Laurene Ratcliffe, Daniel J. Mennill and Kristin A. Schubert: Social dominance and fitness in black-capped chickadeesSynopsis 2. Daniel J. Mennill, Theresa M. Burg, Robert L. Curry, Kathy Martin, Andrea R. Norris, Laurene Ratcliffe, Mathew W. Reudink, Lindsay M. Rossano and Kristin A. Schubert: Parid reproductive behaviorVocal Communication10. Chris Sturdy, Laurie L. Bloomfield, Isabelle Charrier and Tiffany T-Y. Lee: Chickadee vocal production and perception: an integrative approach to understanding acoustic communication11. Myron C. Baker and David Gammon: The garglecall of black-capped chickadees: ontogeny, acoustic structure, population patterns, function, and processes leading to sharing of call characteristics12. David Gammon: How post-dispersal social environment may influence acoustic variation in birdsong13. Jeffrey Lucas and Todd Freeberg: "Information" and the chick-a-dee call: communicating with a complex vocal system14. Daniel J. Mennill and Ken A. Otter: Status signalling and communication networks in chickadees: complex communication with a simple songSynopsis 3. Todd M. Freeberg, Myron C. Baker, Laurie L. Bloomfield, Isabelle Charrier, David E. Gammon, Jack P. Hailman, Tiffany T-Y. Lee, Jeffrey R. Lucas, Daniel J. Mennill and Christopher B. Sturdy: Compexities in vocal communicationLandscape Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation Issues15. Andre Desrochers and Marc Belisle: Edge, patch and landscape effects on parid distribution and movements16. Jennifer R. Olson and Thomas C. Grubb, Jr: Winter adaptations in chickadees and titmice and the added effect of habitat fragmentation17. Ken A. Otter, Harry van Oort and Kevin T. Fort: Habitat quality and reproductive behavior in chickadees and tits: potential for habitat matrix use in forest generalistsSynopsis 4. Andre Desrochers, Ken A. Otter, Marc Belisle, and Jennifer R. Olson: Landscape ecology, behavior, and conservation issues18. Andre A. Dhondt: What drives differences between North American and Eurasian tit studies?

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"It should be required reading for students and researchers interested in chickadee biology and for anyone more broadly interested in spatial representation, reproduction, bioacoustics and acoustic communication, and social dominance."--Ronold G. Weisman, The Quarterly Review of Biology