The Hawaiian Honeycreepers: Drepanidinae

Hardcover | May 17, 2005

byH. Douglas Pratt, Shelia ConantIllustratorJack Jeffrey

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The Hawaiian Honeycreepers are typified by nectar feeding, their bright colouration, and canary-like songs. They are considered one of the finest examples of adaptive radiation, even more diverse than Darwin's Galapagos finches, as a wide array of different species has evolved in all thedifferent niches provided by the Hawaiian archipelago. The book will therefore be of interest to evolutionary biologists and ecologists, as well as professional ornithologists and amateur bird watchers. As with the other books in the Bird Family of the World series, the work is divided into two mainsections. Part I is an overview of the Hawaiian Honeycreeper evolution and natural history and Part II comprises accounts of each species. The author has produced his own outstanding illustrations of these birds to accompany his text.

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The Hawaiian Honeycreepers are typified by nectar feeding, their bright colouration, and canary-like songs. They are considered one of the finest examples of adaptive radiation, even more diverse than Darwin's Galapagos finches, as a wide array of different species has evolved in all thedifferent niches provided by the Hawaiian archipe...

H.D. Pratt is at Lousiana State University Museum, USA.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:May 17, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019854653X

ISBN - 13:9780198546535

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Table of Contents

ForewordAcknowledgmentsList of colour platesList of abbreviationsPrefacePlan of the bookFrequently mispronounced words of Hawaiian origin1. Meet the Hawaiian Honeycreepers2. The honeycreepers' world3. Discovery and research: a historical review4. Origin and Evolution5. Classification6. The physical honeycreeper: Form, colour, and function7. Behaviour8. Ecology9. Diseases and parasites10. Status, conservation, and the futureGenera and Species AccountsPart II comprises of 20 honeycreeper species, further details available on request.Appendix 1Sheila Conant: Honeycreepers in Hawaiian material cultureAppendix 2Scientific names and families of plants mentioned in the textAppendix 3Scientific names and families of non-Hawaiian birds mentioned in the textBibliographyIndex

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Review rec'd L'ornithologue, May/June 2006 - not translated