Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior by Michael D. BreedEncyclopedia of Animal Behavior by Michael D. Breed

Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior

byMichael D. Breed, Michael D. Breed, Janice Moore

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The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior has engaged with great success the efforts of many of the best behavioral biologists of the 21st century. Section editors drawn from the most accomplished behavioral scientists of their generation have enrolled an international cast of highly respected thinkers and writers all of whom have taken great care and joy in illuminating every imaginable corner of animal behavior.

This comprehensive work covers not only the usual topics such as communication, learning, sexual selection, navigation, and the history of the field, but also emerging topics in cognition, animal welfare, conservation, and applications of animal behavior. The large section on animal cognition brings together many of the world's experts on the subject to provide a comprehensive overview of this rapidly developing area. Chapters relating to animal welfare give a full view of behavioral interactions of humans with companion animals, farm animals, and animals in the wild. The key role of animal behavior in conservation biology receives broad attention, including chapters on topics such as the effects of noise pollution, captive breeding, and how the behavioral effects of parasites interacts with conservation issues. Animal behavior in environmental biology is highlighted in chapters on the effects of endocrine disruptors on behavior and a large number of chapters on key species, such as wolves, chimpanzees, hyenas and sharks.

Clear, accessible writing complements a wealth of information for undergraduate college students about the essential concepts of animal behavior and the application of those concepts across the field. In-depth coverage of concepts, methods, and exemplar organisms serves the needs of graduate students and professionals in the field.

From the use of behavior in assessing the welfare of pigs to the social behavior of insects, from animal empathy to bat brains, this authoritative reference, with its in-depth introductory articles, rich array of illustrations, interactive cross-referenced links, and numerous suggested readings, can guide the student or the professional to an expanded appreciation of the far-flung world of animal behavior. An invaluable tool for teaching and a source of enrichment and detail for any topic covered in an animal behavior course, the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior is the definitive reference work in its field and will be for years to come.

  • Comprehensive work which covers the usual topics along with emerging areas of animal behavior
  • This encyclopedia contains clear, accessible writing and is well illustrated, including an online video, complimenting a wealth of information
  • As an online reference, this work will be subject to period updating. This ensures that the work always remains current
  • Contains in-depth introductions to the material that make each well-illustrated section come alive with the best the new content the discipline has to offer
  • Glossary includes a compendium of behavioral terms that form a succinct mosaic of virtually every concept and phenomenon related to animal behavior
  • Section editors, drawn from around the world, represent the best and the brightest among today's behavioral biologists and have recruited a broad range of internationally recognized experts
  • Editors-in-Chief are experienced scientists and writers who between them have authored or edited eight books and teach courses in animal behavior at their respective universities
As an undergraduate, I was inspired by parasitologist Clark P. Read to think about the ecology and evolution of parasites in new ways. I was especially excited to learn that parasites affected animal behavior, another favorite subject area. Most biologists outside the world of parasitology were not interested in parasites; they were re...
Title:Encyclopedia of Animal BehaviorFormat:OtherDimensions:2672 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:April 1, 2009Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acoustic Communication in Insects: Neuroethology

Acoustic Signals

Active Electroreception: Vertebrates

Adaptive Landscapes and Optimality

Aggression and Territoriality

Agonistic Signals

Alarm Calls in Birds and Mammals

Alex: A Study in Avian Cognition

Amphibians: Orientation and Migration

Animal Arithmetic

Animal Behavior: Antiquity to the Sixteenth Century

Animal Behavior: The Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries

Animal Innovation

Animal Psychology: An Historical Perspective

Animal Training

Ant, Bee and Wasp Social Evolution

Anthropogenic Noise: Impacts on Animals

Anthropogenic Noise: Implications for Conservation

Antipredator Benefits from Heterospecifics

Apes: Social Learning


Aquatic Invertebrate Endocrine Disruption

Avian Social Learning

Avoidance of Parasites

Barn Swallows: Sexual and Social Behavior

Bat Migration

Bat Neuroethology

Bateman's Principles: Original Experiment and Modern Data For and Against

Bats: Orientation, Navigation and Homing

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

Betta Splendens

Beyond Fever: Comparative Perspectives on Sickness Behavior

Bird Migration

Body Size and Sexual Dimorphism




Caste Determination in Arthropods

Caste in Social Insects: Genetic Influences Over Caste Determination

Categories and Concepts: Language-Related Competences in Non-Linguistic Species


Circadian and Circannual Rhythms and Hormones


Co-Evolution of Predators and Prey

Cognitive Development in Chimpanzees

Collective Intelligence

Colony Founding in Social Insects

Communication and Hormones

Communication Networks

Communication: An Overview

Comparative Animal Behavior - 1920-1973

Compensation in Reproduction

Conflict Resolution

Consensus Decisions

Conservation and Animal Behavior

Conservation and Anti-Predator Behavior

Conservation and Behavior: Introduction

Conservation Behavior and Endocrinology

Conservation, Behavior, Parasites and Invasive Species

Cooperation and Sociality

Cost and Benefit Analysis

Costs of Learning

Crabs and Their Visual World

Crustacean Social Evolution

Cryptic Female Choice

Cultural Inheritance of Signals


Dance Language

Darwin and Animal Behavior

Deception: Competition by Misleading Behavior

Decision Making

Decision Making and Learning: The Peak Shift Behavioral Response

Defensive Avoidance

Defensive Chemicals

Defensive Coloration

Defensive Morphology

Development, Evolution and Behavior

Developmental Plasticity

Dictyostelium, the Social Amoeba

Differential Allocation

Digestion and Foraging

Disease Transmission and Networks

Disease, Behavior and Welfare

Distributed Cognition

Division of Labor

Dolphin Signature Whistles

Domestic Dogs

Dominance Relationships, Dominance Hierarchies and Rankings

Drosophila Behavior Genetics

Ecology of Fear

Economic Escape

Ectoparasite Behavior

Electrical Signals

Electroreception in Vertebrates and Invertebrates

Emotion and Social Cognition in Primates

Empathy: Levels of

Empirical Studies of Predator and Prey Behavior

Endocrinology and Behavior: Methods

Ethograms, Activity Profiles and Energy Budgets

Ethology in Europe

European Ethology

Evolution and Phylogeny of Communication

Evolution of Parasite-Induced Behavioral Alterations

Evolution: Fundamentals

Experiment, Observation, and Modeling in the Lab and Field

Experimental Approaches to Hormones and Behavior: Invertebrates

Experimental Design: Basic Concepts

Female Sexual Behavior and Hormones in Non- Mammalian Vertebrates

Field Techniques in Hormones and Behavior

Fight or Flight Responses

Fish Migration

Fish Social Learning

Flexible Mate Choice

Food Intake: Behavioral Endocrinology

Food Signals

Foraging Modes

Forced or Aggressively Coerced Copulation

Future of Animal Behavior: Predicting Trends

Game Theory

Games Played by Predators and Prey

Genes and Genomic Searches

Group Living

Group Movement

Habitat Imprinting

Habitat Selection

William Donald Hamilton

Hearing in Insects

Hearing: Vertebrates

Helpers and Reproductive Behavior in Birds and Mammals

Herring Gulls

Hibernation, Daily Torpor and Estivation in Mammals and Birds: Behavioral Aspects

Honest Signaling


Hormones and Behavior: Basic Concepts

Hormones and Breeding Strategies, Sex Reversal, Brood Parasites, Parthenogenesis

Horses: Behavior and Welfare Assessment

Hunger and Satiety

Imitation: Cognitive Implications

Immune Systems and Sickness Behavior


Information Content and Signals

Insect Flight and Walking: Neuroethological Basis

Insect Migration

Insect Navigation

Insect Social Learning

Integration of Proximate and Ultimate Causes

Intermediate Host Behavior

Internal Energy Storage

Interspecific Communication

Intertemporal Choice

Invertebrate Hormones and Behavior

Invertebrates: the Inside Story of Post-Insemination, Pre-Fertilization Reproductive Interactions

Irruptive Migration

Isolating Mechanisms and Speciation

Kin Recognition and Genetics

Kin Selection and Relatedness

Kleptoparasitism and Cannibalism

Learning and Conservation

Leech Behavioral Choice: Neuroethology

Levels of Selection

Life Histories and Network Function

Life Histories and Predation Risk


Konrad Lorenz (indexed under L)

Magnetic Compasses in Insects

Magnetic Orientation in Migratory Songbirds


Male Ornaments and Habitat Deterioration

Male Sexual Behavior and Hormones in Non- Mammalian Vertebrates

Mammalian Female Sexual Behavior and Hormones

Mammalian Social Learning: Non-Primates

Maps and Compasses

Marine Invertebrates: Genetics of Colony Recognition

Mate Choice and Learning

Mate Choice in Males and Females

Maternal Effects on Behavior

Mating Interference Due to Introduction of Exotic Species

Mating Signals

Measurement Error and Reliability

Memory, Learning, Hormones and Behavior

Mental Time Travel: Can Animals Recall the Past and Plan for the Future?

Metacognition and Metamemory in Non-Human Animals

Microevolution and Macroevolution in Behavior

Migration and Behavioral Endocrinology

Migratory Connectivity

Molt in Birds and Mammals: Hormones and Behavior

Monkeys and prosimians: Social learning

Monogamy and Extra-Pair Parentage

Morality and Evolution

Motivation and Signals

Multimodal Signaling

Naked Mole Rats: Their Extraordinary Sensory World

Nasonia Wasp Behavior Genetics

Nematode Learning and Memory: Neuroethology

Nervous System: Evolution in Relation to Behavior

Nest Site Choice in Social Insects

Neural Control of Sexual Behavior

Neuroethology: Methods

Neuroethology: What is it?

Non-Elemental Learning in Invertebrates

Norway Rats


Olfactory Signals

Ontogenetic Effects of Captive Breeding

Optimal Foraging and Plant-Pollinator Co-Evolution

Optimal Foraging Theory: Introduction

Orthopteran Behavioral Genetics

Pair-Bonding, Mating Systems and Hormones

Parasite-Induced Behavioral Change: Mechanisms

Parasite-Modified Vector Behavior

Parasites and Insects: Aspects of Social Behavior

Parasites and Sexual Selection

Parasitoid Wasps: Neuroethology


Parental Behavior and Hormones in Mammals

Parental Behavior and Hormones in Non-Mammalian Vertebrates

Parent-offspring Signaling

Parmecium Behavioral Genetics

Patch Exploitation

Pets: Behavior and Welfare Assessment

Pheidole: Sociobiology of a Highly Diverse Genus

Phylogenetic Inference and the Evolution of Behavior

Pigeon Homing as a Model Case of Goal-Oriented Navigation


Pigs: Behavior and Welfare Assessment


Playbacks in Behavioral Experiments

Poultry: Behavior and Welfare Assessment

Predator Avoidance: Mechanisms

Predator Evasion

Predator's Perspective on Predator-Prey Interactions

Problem-Solving in Tool-Using and Non-Tool-Using Animals

Propagule Behavior and Parasite Transmission


Queen-Queen Conflict in Eusocial Insect Colonies

Queen-Worker Conflicts Over Colony Sex Ratio

Rational Choice Behavior: Definitions and Evidence

Recognition Systems in the Social Insects

Referential Signaling

Remote-Sensing of Behavior

Reproductive Behavior and Parasites: Invertebrates

Reproductive Behavior and Parasites: Vertebrates

Reproductive Skew

Reproductive Skew, Cooperative Breeding, and Eusociality in Vertebrates: Hormones

Reproductive Success

Rhesus Macaques

Risk Allocation in Anti-Predator Behavior

Risk-Taking in Self-Defense

Robot Behavior

Robotics in the Study of Animal Behavior

Sea Turtles: Navigation and Orientation

Seasonality: Hormones and Behavior

Seed Dispersal and Conservation

Self-Medication: Passive Prevention and Active Treatment


Sequence Analysis and Transition Models

Sex Allocation, Sex Ratios and Reproduction

Sex and Social Evolution

Sex Change in Reef Fishes: Behavior and Physiology

Sex Changing Organisms and Reproductive Behavior

Sexual Behavior and Hormones in Male Mammals

Sexual Selection and Speciation


Signal Parasites

Slaughter Plants: Behavior and Welfare Assessment

Sleep and Hormones

Smell: Vertebrates

Social Behavior and Parasites

Social Cognition and Theory of Mind

Social Evolution in 'Other' Insects and Arachnids

Social Information Use

Social Insects: Behavioral Genetics

Social Learning: Theory

Social Recognition

Social Selection, Sexual Selection, and Sexual Conflict


Sound Localization: Neuroethology

Sound Production: Vertebrates

Spatial Memory

Spatial Orientation and Time: Methods


Sperm Competition

Spiders: Social Evolution

Spotted Hyenas

Stress, Health and Social Behavior

Subsociality and the Evolution of Eusociality

Swordtails and Platyfishes

Syntactically Complex Vocal Systems

Tadpole Behavior and Metamorphosis

Taste: Invertebrates

Taste: Vertebrates

Termites: Social Evolution

Thermoreception: Invertebrates

Thermoreception: Vertebrates

Threespine Stickleback

Time: What Animals Know

Niko Tinbergen (indexed under T)

Trade-Offs in Anti-Predator Behavior


Túngara Frog: A Model for Sexual Selection and Communication

Turtles: Freshwater

Unicolonial Ants: Loss of Colony Identity

Vertebrate Endocrine Disruption

Vertical Migration of Aquatic Animals

Vibration Perception: Vertebrates

Vibrational Communication

Vigilance and Models of Behavior

Vision: Invertebrates

Vision: Vertebrates

Visual Signals

Vocal Learning

Vocal-Acoustic Communication in Fishes: Neuroethology

Water and Salt Intake in Vertebrates: Endocrine and Behavioral Regulation

Welfare of Animals: Behavior as a Basis for Decisions

Welfare of Animals: Introduction

White-Crowned Sparrow

Wintering Strategies

Wintering Strategies, Moult and Behavior


Worker - Worker Conflict and Worker Policing

Zebra Finches