Interspecific Competition in Birds

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byAndre A. Dhondt

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In nature there exist three main types of biotic interactions between individuals of different species: competition, predation, and mutualism. All three exert powerful selection pressures, and all three shape communities. However, the question of how important interspecific competition innature really is remains controversial and unresolved. This book provides a critical and exhaustive review of the topic. Although the examples are limited mostly to birds (interspecific competition and community structure have been exhaustively studied in this animal group, and a lot of experimentaldata are available), the conclusions reached have a far broader relevance to population ecologists in general. The book reasons that the coexistence of species is the result of both past and presently on-going interspecific competition. Furthermore, understanding the importance of interspecificcompetition in natural systems will be increasingly important when modelling the effects of climate change on populations.

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In nature there exist three main types of biotic interactions between individuals of different species: competition, predation, and mutualism. All three exert powerful selection pressures, and all three shape communities. However, the question of how important interspecific competition innature really is remains controversial and unres...

Andre Dhondt is the Edwin H. Morgens Professor of Ornithology at Cornell University. He studied biology at Ghent State University where he obtained his Ph.D. After working for F.A.O. in Madagascar and Western Samoa, he returned to his native Belgium to teach at the newly founded Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, part of Antwerp Uni...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Definitions, models, and on how to measure the existence of interspecific competition3. Space as a limiting resource4. Food as a limiting resource5. Nest sites as a limiting resource6. The effect of intraspecific competition on population processes7. Studies of foraging niches and food8. Field experiments to test the existence and effects of interspecific competition9. Long-term experiments on competition between great and blue tit10. Evolutionary effects of interspecific competition11. Concluding thoughtsAppendicesReferencesIndex