Pelicans, Cormorants, and their Relatives: Pelecanidae, Sulidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Anhingidae…

Hardcover | January 27, 2006

byJ. Bryan Nelson

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The pelecaniformes are a large and important group of seabirds, containing many spectacular species. This book addresses the breeding biology of the six pelecaniform families, which comprise the closely-related core groups (pelicans, cormorants/shags, darters, gannets/boobies) and their moredistant relatives, the frigate birds and tropic birds. Many fundamental questions can be addressed through the pelecaniformes: Why do they breed in colonies? What are the links between their feeding methods and their reproduction? What part does territorial and pairing behaviour play in theirlife-cycles? These and scores of comparable issues, including those related to man, are woven here into a richly interpretative text.The author's approach to the subject is threefold. First, the pelecaniformes are placed within the framework of four discrete disciplines, with chapters on evolutionary relationships, comparative behaviour, ecology, and the birds' relationship with humans. Secondly, each of the six families isdiscussed, elucidating the range of taxonomy, behaviour, and ecology within each. Finally, we progress to specific level, using the same structure as for the family accounts. In this way, each of the 60-odd species can be understood not just as discrete units, but as part of their family and order.The book is unique in its coverage of the entire order and in its combination of facts and interpretation. Pelicans, Cormorants, and their Allies will enable readers not only to identify the many spectacular species which make up this large and important group of seabirds, but also to understand their breeding biology.

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The pelecaniformes are a large and important group of seabirds, containing many spectacular species. This book addresses the breeding biology of the six pelecaniform families, which comprise the closely-related core groups (pelicans, cormorants/shags, darters, gannets/boobies) and their moredistant relatives, the frigate birds and tro...

J. Bryan Nelson is Reader Emeritus at Aberdeen University (Zoology Department), and during his career has held the posts of Director, Azraq UNESCO Field Station (Jordan) (I.B.P. appointment), Honorary Vice President of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, and Director of the Scottish Seabird Centre.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:January 27, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198577273

ISBN - 13:9780198577270

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Table of Contents

List of colour platesList of abbreviationsPlan of the bookIntroductionPart I: General Chapters1. Evolutionary relationships2. Breeding biology3. Behaviour4. The pelecaniformes and man5. General family accountsPart II: Species accountsAppendixGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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`...[the book offers] a wonderful summary of knowledge gained to date ... highly recommended.'Volker Konrad, Sept 2007