Feral Pigeons

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRichard F. Johnston, Marian Janiga

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Feral pigeons are among the most familiar and abundant birds in the world, urban creatures living in close association with humans yet possessing the characteristics of highly adapted wild birds. However, they are seldom studied, even though the domesticated pigeon has long been one of themajor bird models for laboratory research. This definitive monograph focuses on the population, biology, and behavioral ecology of feral pigeons, including a thorough listing of primary references of U.S. and European scholarly literature. Professional and amateur ornithologists, pigeon breeders,and students will find this an invaluable and fascinating study of a species that has evolved from familiar breeds of domesticated birds.

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Feral pigeons are among the most familiar and abundant birds in the world, urban creatures living in close association with humans yet possessing the characteristics of highly adapted wild birds. However, they are seldom studied, even though the domesticated pigeon has long been one of themajor bird models for laboratory research. Thi...

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Feral pigeons are among the most familiar and abundant birds in the world, urban creatures living in close association with humans yet possessing the characteristics of highly adapted wild birds. Although domesticated pigeons have long been a major model for laboratory research, feral pigeons are rarely the subject of study. This defin...

Richard F. Johnston is at University of Kansas (Emeritus). Marian Janiga is at High Tatras National Park.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.49 × 6.34 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195084098

ISBN - 13:9780195084092

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Table of Contents

PART I: History and Systematic Biology1. Introduction2. Size, Shape, and Genetic Variation in Pigeon PopulationsPART II: Reproductive Biology and Diet3. Breeding Seasons in Feral Pigeons4. Mate Choice and Pair Bonding5. Nestsites and Nestbuilding6. Eggs7. Incubation and Hatching8. Brood Reduction9. Development: Nestlings10. Development: Fledglings11. DietPART III: Plumage and Flight12. Plumage Polymorphism13. Maintenance and Molt of Plumage14. FlightPART IV: Behavior15. Social Behavior16. Pigeon Colonies17. Orientation and NavigationPART V: Population Studies18. Reproductive Success and Mortality19. Abundance and DensityPART VI: Some Environmental Concerns20. Heavy Metals and Other Pollutants21. Aspects of the Biotic Environment22. Control of the Pigeon PopulationsPART VII: People and Pigeons

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"It is about time that a book like this one filled the gap in our knowledge and appreciation of feral pigeons. . . .The topics covered in greatest detail by the book are morphological and genetic variation, together with reproductive biology; large amounts of primary data and analyses aregiven in table and figure form which should make the book useful to specialists. . . . It stands as an important reminder that, to understand and prevent the disappearance of animals that don't do well in our changing environment, we need to look at the whole spectrum of responses to humandevelopment, including cases where animals appear to thrive."--The Quarterly Review of Biology