The Zebra Finch: A Synthesis of Field and Laboratory Studies

Hardcover | November 1, 1988

byRichard A. ZannIllustratorMichael Bamford

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The Australian Zebra Finch is widely used by researchers and teachers in many scientific disciplines where it is the preferred subject for investigations ranging from anatomy and physiology to behavioural development and evolutionary ecology. This monograph is the first to synthesize theinformation on this colourful species that has accumulated during the past thirty years. It summarizes and integrates much of the laboratory work and places it in the context of the biology of the animals in the wild, with an emphasis on behaviour and ecology. This leads to a detailedunderstanding of Zebra Finch adaptations and life history that will further enhance the value of the species for researchers and students in behaviour, ecology, and other fields. Aviculturists who keep these attractive birds will also find much of interest in this book.

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The Australian Zebra Finch is widely used by researchers and teachers in many scientific disciplines where it is the preferred subject for investigations ranging from anatomy and physiology to behavioural development and evolutionary ecology. This monograph is the first to synthesize theinformation on this colourful species that has a...

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The Australian Zebra Finch is widely used by researchers and teachers in many scientific disciplines where it is the preferred subject for investigations ranging from anatomy and physiology to behavioural development and evolutionary ecology. This monograph is the first to synthesize the information on this colourful species that has a...

Richard A. Zann is at La Trobe University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198540795

ISBN - 13:9780198540793

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Table of Contents

1. Systematics and phylogeny2. Distribution and habitat3. Morphology, domestication, and moult4. Feeding ecology5. Drinking, water relations, and temperature regulation6. Coloniality and breeding ecology7. Breeding periodicity8. Populations9. Social and reproductive behaviour10. Vocalizations11. Song12. Sexual selection and mate choice13. Life history and adaptationsAppendicesReferencesIndex

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`This volume presents a comprehensive review of the behaviour and ecology of the zebra finch.'Biological Abstracts, vol.49, issue 8, August 1997