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Foundation, Analysis, and Application
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Aves, the birds, is the wildlife group that people most frequently encounter. With over 10,000 species worldwide, these animals are part of our everyday experience. They are also the focus of intense research, and their management and conservation is a subject of considerable effort throughout the world. But what are the defining attributes that make a bird a bird?

Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, Ornithology provides a solid modern foundation for understanding the life and development of birds. Written by renowned experts from around the globe, this comprehensive textbook draws on the latest research to create an innovative learning experience. Moving beyond bones, muscle, and feathers, it provides the core information needed to ""build"" the bird, linking anatomy and physiology with ecology and behavior.

As it reviews the major orders of birds, the book highlights their wide diversity and critically evaluates ornithological concepts and theories. Incorporating brief biographies of leaders in the field, the text describes their contributions in the context of key historical events in bird science. Each chapter ends with a summary of the material covered, a discussion of potential management and conservation applications, and suggested study questions that will stimulate thought and discussion.

Contributors: Peter Arcese, George E. Bentley, Lori A. Blanc, William M. Block, Alice Boyle, Leonard A. Brennan, Luke K. Butler, Zac Cheviron, Luis M. Chiappe, Melanie R. Col+¦n, Caren B. Cooper, Robert J. Cooper, Jamie M. Cornelius, Carlos Martinez Del Rio, John Dumbacher, Shannon Farrell, Maureen Flannery, Geoffrey Geupel, Patricia Adair Gowaty, Thomas P. Hahn, Ashley M. Heers, Fritz Hertel, Geoffrey E. Hill, Matthew Johnson, Lukas F. Keller, Dylan C. Kesler, Pablo Sabat Kirkwood, John Klicka, Christopher A. Lepczyk, Ashley M. Long, Scott R. Loss, Graham R. Martin, John M. Marzluff, Susan B. McRae, Michael L. Morrison, Timothy J. O'Connell, Jen C. Owen, Marco Pavia, Jeffrey Podos, Lars Pomara, Jonathan F. Prather, Marco Restani, Alejandro Rico-Guevara, Amanda D. Rodewald, Vanya G. Rohwer, Matthias Starck, Michael W. Strohbach, S. Ma++eika P. Sullivan, Diego Sustaita, Kerri T. Vierling, Gary Voelker, Margaret A. Voss, Jeff R. Walters, Paige S. Warren, Elisabeth B. Webb, Michael S. Webster, Eric M. Wood, Robert M. Zink, Benjamin Zuckerberg

1. What Makes a Bird?, by Amanda D. Rodewald, Michael L. Morrison, Melanie R. Colón, Gary Voelker, and Jonathan F. Prather2. Origin and Early Evolution of Birds, by Luis M. Chiappe3. Species Concepts and Speciation Analysis, by John Klicka and Robert M. Zink4. Bird Distributions: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives, by Gary Voelker and Robert M. Zink5. From Fertilization to Independence, by J. Matthias Starck6. Anatomy, by Margaret A. Voss and Marco Pavia7. Physiology, by Carlos Martinez del Rio, Zachary Cheviron, and Alejandro Pablo Sabat Kirkwood8. Endocrinology, by George E. Bentley, Jamie M. Cornelius, and Thomas P. Hahn9. Feathers and Molt, by Vanya G. Rohwer and Luke K. Butler10. Flight and Locomotion, by Ashley M. Heers11. Coloration, by Geoffrey E. Hill12. The Senses, by Graham R. Martin13. Song and the Brain, by Jonathan F. Prather14. Acoustic Communication, by Jeffrey Podos and Michael S. Webster15. Foraging Behavior, by Diego Sustaita, Alejandro Rico-Guevara, and Fritz Hertel16. Reproductive Behavior and Mating Systems, by Patricia Adair Gowaty17. Social Systems, by Susan B. McRae18. Habitat Ecology, by Matthew D. Johnson and Eric M. Wood19. Birds on the Move: Ecology of Migration and Dispersal, by W. Alice Boyle20. Population Structure, by Peter Arcese and Lukas F. Keller21. Population Ecology, by Leonard A. Brennan and William Block22. Assemblages and Communities, by Robert J. Cooper and Shannon Farrell23. Parasites and Diseases, by Jennifer Owen24. Modern Climate Change and Birds, by Benjamin Zuckerberg and Lars Y. Pomara25. Extinction and Endangerment, by John M. Marzluff and Marco Restani26. In Harm's Way, by Timothy J. O'Connell and Scott R. Loss27. Conservation Tools and Strategies, by Jeffrey R. Walters, Dylan C. Kesler, and Elisabeth B. Webb28. Ecosystem and Landscape Management and Planning, by Ma++eika P. Sullivan and Kerri T. Vierling29. The Social and Economic Worth of Birds, by Christopher A. Lepczyk, Paige S. Warren, and Michael W. Strohbach30. Pathways in Ornithology, by Melanie R. Colón, Ashley M. Long, Lori A. Blanc, and Caren B. Cooper31. Fundamental Techniques, by Geoffrey Geupel, John Dumbacher, and Maureen Flannery

""The best college textbook on ornithology that's currently available.""

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