Nightjars and their Allies: The Caprimulgiformes

Hardcover | July 19, 2001

byD.T. HolyoakIllustratorMartin Woodcock

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Nightjars and their allies are a curious, fascinating, and remarkably varied group of birds that are found throughout the world. This largely nocturnal group has many specific adaptations for night time activity and some species alter their behaviour according to lunar cycles. Until now, theexisting literature has lacked information about their biology or evolution. This book rectifies these omissions in a comprehensive account. The 118 species accounts provide details of coloration, plumage, moults, geographical variation, body measurements, habitats, behaviour, conservation, andevolution and are backed up by a comprehensive bibliography. The more general, introductory chapters review evidence about the group's evolutionary ancestry and place the birds' distributions, behaviour and physiology in an evolutionary context. The 23 superb plates by Martin Woodcock illustrateall the species, with behaviour and subtle variations depicted by delicate halftone drawings.

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Nightjars and their allies are a curious, fascinating, and remarkably varied group of birds that are found throughout the world. This largely nocturnal group has many specific adaptations for night time activity and some species alter their behaviour according to lunar cycles. Until now, theexisting literature has lacked information ...

David Holyoak continued research on Quaternary with NERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Reading, then with CEC funding at the University of Nottingham. He spent time as a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, and is now working as a self-employed Botanical Consultant. He has conducted ornithological res...
Format:HardcoverPublished:July 19, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198549873

ISBN - 13:9780198549871

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Table of Contents

Part 1: General Chapters1. Introduction2. Evolution and Classification3. Biogeography and speciation4. Habitats, migration and hibernation5. Food and feeding ecology6. Nocturnal signalling7. Breeding Biology8. MoultPart 2: Species Accounts10. Bibliography