The Grebes: Podicipedidae

Hardcover | November 24, 2004

byJon Fjeldsa

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Those who are unfamiliar with grebes tend to think of them as odd ducks, but their strange behaviours reveal them to be fascinating and intriguing birds. Grebes are unusual and unique in many ways: their habit of feather-eating; their method of sunbathing; their special method of underwaterpropulsion; the unusual structure of their feet; their courtship behaviour; and their floating nests. As the birds are dependent upon shallow wetlands, they are strongly affected and threatened by our use of their habitats, leading to dwindling populations and even extinction of some species. In this new addition to the Bird Families of the World series Jon Fjeldsa, a renowned expert on the grebes, provides an overview of the results of all the research that has been done on grebes. Part I contains a brief presentation of the grebe family, constraints of diving, the relationships betweengrebes and divers, and the morphology of grebes. Part II covers their biogeography, ecological distribution, feeding ecology, behaviour and communication, breeding biology, environmental threats, and conservation. Part III follows with 22 species accounts, including distribution maps. The platessection contains sixteen stunning paintings showing all the grebe species, by Jon Fjeldsa.The Grebes, like its companion volumes in the series, will be an indispensable work of reference for ornithologists, whether professional or amateur.

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Those who are unfamiliar with grebes tend to think of them as odd ducks, but their strange behaviours reveal them to be fascinating and intriguing birds. Grebes are unusual and unique in many ways: their habit of feather-eating; their method of sunbathing; their special method of underwaterpropulsion; the unusual structure of their fee...

Jon Fjeldsa is the Professor of Biodiversity at the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on the systematics and biogeography of birds, with special emphasis on the tropical Andes region of South America and eastern Africa. He also teaches tropical ecology. Professor Fjeldsa is an experienced author, with ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.88 inPublished:November 24, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198500645

ISBN - 13:9780198500643

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Table of Contents

ForewordAcknowledgementsList of colour platesList of abbreviationsPlan of the bookPart I: General chapters1. Introduction2. Constraints of diving3. Relationships of grebes and divers4. The morphology of grebesPart II: Thematic chapters5. The biogeography of grebes6. The ecological distribution of grebes7. Feeding ecology8. Behaviour and communication9. Breeding and life history10. Environmental threats11. ConservationPart III: Classification and species accounts12. The Family PodicipedidaeAppendix 1: Description of 80 morphological characters used for the phylogenetic analysis for grebesAppendix 2: Matrix of character states used for the phylogenetic analysis of grebesGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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