Handbook of Bird Biology

Handbook of Bird Biology
Author: Irby J. Lovette,John W. Fitzpatrick
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 736
Release: 2016-06-27
ISBN: 1118291042
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Bird Biology Book Excerpt:

Selected by Forbes.com as one of the 12 best books about birds and birding in 2016 This much-anticipated third edition of the Handbook of Bird Biology is an essential and comprehensive resource for everyone interested in learning more about birds, from casual bird watchers to formal students of ornithology. Wherever you study birds your enjoyment will be enhanced by a better understanding of the incredible diversity of avian lifestyles. Arising from the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology and authored by a team of experts from around the world, the Handbook covers all aspects of avian diversity, behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, and conservation. Using examples drawn from birds found in every corner of the globe, it explores and distills the many scientific discoveries that have made birds one of our best known - and best loved - parts of the natural world. This edition has been completely revised and is presented with more than 800 full color images. It provides readers with a tool for life-long learning about birds and is suitable for bird watchers and ornithology students, as well as for ecologists, conservationists, and resource managers who work with birds. The Handbook of Bird Biology is the companion volume to the Cornell Lab’s renowned distance learning course, Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology.

Handbook of Bird Biology

Handbook of Bird Biology
Author: Irby J. Lovette,John W. Fitzpatrick
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 730
Release: 2016-09-19
ISBN: 1118291050
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Bird Biology Book Excerpt:

Selected by Forbes.com as one of the 12 best books about birds and birding in 2016 This much-anticipated third edition of the Handbook of Bird Biology is an essential and comprehensive resource for everyone interested in learning more about birds, from casual bird watchers to formal students of ornithology. Wherever you study birds your enjoyment will be enhanced by a better understanding of the incredible diversity of avian lifestyles. Arising from the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology and authored by a team of experts from around the world, the Handbook covers all aspects of avian diversity, behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, and conservation. Using examples drawn from birds found in every corner of the globe, it explores and distills the many scientific discoveries that have made birds one of our best known - and best loved - parts of the natural world. This edition has been completely revised and is presented with more than 800 full color images. It provides readers with a tool for life-long learning about birds and is suitable for bird watchers and ornithology students, as well as for ecologists, conservationists, and resource managers who work with birds. The Handbook of Bird Biology is the companion volume to the Cornell Lab’s renowned distance learning course, Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology.

Handbook of Bird Biology

Handbook of Bird Biology
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2004
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Bird watching
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Bird Biology Book Excerpt:

What Birds Eat

What Birds Eat
Author: Kim Long
Publsiher: Mountaineers Books
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2020-08-24
ISBN: 168051301X
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What Birds Eat Book Excerpt:

A unique approach to bird watching that focuses on what birds eat and how, while sharing ways to support them in our own backyards

What Is a Bird

What Is a Bird
Author: Tony D. Williams
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2021-01-19
ISBN: 0691211876
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What Is a Bird Book Excerpt:

A large-format, beautifully illustrated look at the natural history of birds There are some 10,000 bird species in existence today, occupying every continent and virtually every habitat on Earth. The variety of bird species is truly astounding, from the tiny bee hummingbird to the large flightless ostrich, making birds one of the most diverse and successful animal groups on the planet. Taking you inside the extraordinary world of birds, What Is a Bird? explores all aspects of these remarkable creatures, providing an up-close look at their morphology, unique internal anatomy and physiology, fascinating and varied behavior, and ecology. It features hundreds of color illustrations and draws on a broad range of examples, from the familiar backyard sparrow to the most exotic birds of paradise. A must-have book for birders and armchair naturalists, What Is a Bird? is a celebration of the rich complexity of bird life. An absorbing and beautifully presented exploration of the natural history of birds Integrates physiological adaptations with ecology and behavior Features a wealth of color photographs and explanatory figures Uses scanning electron microscope imagery to provide a rare close-up view of structures not normally visible Provides insights into our complex relationship with birds, from our enduring fascination with them to the threats they face and the challenges of conservation

Bird Species

Bird Species
Author: Dieter Thomas Tietze
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 266
Release: 2018-11-19
ISBN: 3319916890
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bird Species Book Excerpt:

The average person can name more bird species than they think, but do we really know what a bird “species” is? This open access book takes up several fascinating aspects of bird life to elucidate this basic concept in biology. From genetic and physiological basics to the phenomena of bird song and bird migration, it analyzes various interactions of birds – with their environment and other birds. Lastly, it shows imminent threats to birds in the Anthropocene, the era of global human impact. Although it seemed to be easy to define bird species, the advent of modern methods has challenged species definition and led to a multidisciplinary approach to classifying birds. One outstanding new toolbox comes with the more and more reasonably priced acquisition of whole-genome sequences that allow causative analyses of how bird species diversify. Speciation has reached a final stage when daughter species are reproductively isolated, but this stage is not easily detectable from the phenotype we observe. Culturally transmitted traits such as bird song seem to speed up speciation processes, while another behavioral trait, migration, helps birds to find food resources, and also coincides with higher chances of reaching new, inhabitable areas. In general, distribution is a major key to understanding speciation in birds. Examples of ecological speciation can be found in birds, and the constant interaction of birds with their biotic environment also contributes to evolutionary changes. In the Anthropocene, birds are confronted with rapid changes that are highly threatening for some species. Climate change forces birds to move their ranges, but may also disrupt well-established interactions between climate, vegetation, and food sources. This book brings together various disciplines involved in observing bird species come into existence, modify, and vanish. It is a rich resource for bird enthusiasts who want to understand various processes at the cutting edge of current research in more detail. At the same time it offers students the opportunity to see primarily unconnected, but booming big-data approaches such as genomics and biogeography meet in a topic of broad interest. Lastly, the book enables conservationists to better understand the uncertainties surrounding “species” as entities of protection.

Songs of Love and War

Songs of Love and War
Author: Dominic Couzens
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2017-04-06
ISBN: 1472915887
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Songs of Love and War Book Excerpt:

The dawn chorus: a single voice cutting through the darkness heralds a breaking wave of sound at the very beginning of the day. It is an iconic natural phenomenon with many familiar performers, yet it is a mysterious event for which there is no complete explanation. A mass of starlings gathers at the end of the midwinter day. As the sun sets, wave upon wave of bodies rolls in and embarks upon another of nature's great attempts to show off. The murmuration is another much-admired spectacle, but again its purpose is obscure and defies our understanding. From dawn until dusk, birds do things that are surprising and mystifying. Songs of Love and War delves into bird behaviour and uncovers its purpose and meaning. More than just an inside look at bird behaviour, this book also represents a personal journey of discovery. What starts as a desire to learn more about the birds encountered on a regular father-and-son walk through the woods leads to a realisation that a bird's life is very far from the idyllic scene that can often be glimpsed by the casual birdwatcher. Actually a bird's life is often unusual and surprising, but above all it is brief and much darker than you might think.

Birds

Birds
Author: Mark E. Hauber
Publsiher: Ivy Press
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2021-07-27
ISBN: 0711258449
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Birds Book Excerpt:

Birds is a beautiful introduction to 75 of our feathered friends. From the everyday birds we see in our backyards to the rare species that we might never catch a glimpse of, the world of birds is vast and varied. They can be found in every habitat on earth, including penguins in the Antarctic, flycatchers in tropical forests, and flamingos on Caribbean shores. Using beautifully coloured illustrations, this book showcases a select few from this diverse class of animals. Water birds, including ducks and herons, songbirds, birds of prey, cuckoos, woodpeckers and hummingbirds are all featured to show the range of avian life around us. With information about courtship displays, breeding strategies, nesting habits and egg types, Birds is a handy guide to their lifestyles, habitats and plumage.

Why Birds Matter

Why Birds Matter
Author: Çagan H. Sekercioglu,Daniel G. Wenny,Christopher J. Whelan
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 387
Release: 2016-08-24
ISBN: 022638263X
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why Birds Matter Book Excerpt:

"Explore[s] the role of birds in such important ecological dynamics as scavenging, nutrient cycling, food chains, and plant-animal interactions-- all seen through the lens of human well-being. ...The contributors show that quantifying avian ecosystem services is crucial when formulating contemporary conservation strategies." --back cover.

Bird Feathers

Bird Feathers
Author: S. David Scott,Casey McFarland
Publsiher: Stackpole Books
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2010-09-03
ISBN: 9780811742177
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bird Feathers Book Excerpt:

Over 400 photos of representative feathers from 379 species.

A Bird A Day

A Bird A Day
Author: Dominic Couzens
Publsiher: Batsford
Total Pages: 678
Release: 2020-09-08
ISBN: 1849946825
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Bird A Day Book Excerpt:

The beauty and fascination of birds is unrivalled. Every day of the year, immerse yourself in their world with an entry from A Bird of Day, where Dominic Couzens offers an insight into everything from the humble Robin to Emperor Penguins, who are in the midst of Arctic storms protecting their young on 1 July. Or discover the fate of the Passenger Pigeon which became extinct through overhunting on 1 September 2014. If you ever visit the Himalayan uplands, go in late November when you can see a flock of the cobalt blue Grandala birds, which is one of the wonders of the natural world. The author is a world expert on birds and particularly bird behaviour and he reveals endless fascinating stories of birds from all over the globe to give a rich tapestry of avian life with stunning photography, illustration and arresting art. All of bird life is covered, from nesting, migration, and courting to birdsong and curious bird behaviour. From the promiscuous Fairywren of Australia, who gives petals to his mistresses, to the singing instructions of the female Northern Cardinal in North America, this is a delightful dip-in-and-out book for any nature lover.

Charles Darwin s Life with Birds

Charles Darwin s Life with Birds
Author: Clifford B. Frith
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 499
Release: 2016
ISBN: 0190240237
Category: Birds
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Charles Darwin s Life with Birds Book Excerpt:

Focuses exclusively on Darwin the ornithologist, not on biographical aspects of Darwin's life

Using the Biological Literature

Using the Biological Literature
Author: Diane Schmidt
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 412
Release: 2014-04-14
ISBN: 146655858X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Using the Biological Literature Book Excerpt:

The biological sciences cover a broad array of literature types, from younger fields like molecular biology with its reliance on recent journal articles, genomic databases, and protocol manuals to classic fields such as taxonomy with its scattered literature found in monographs and journals from the past three centuries. Using the Biological Literature: A Practical Guide, Fourth Edition is an annotated guide to selected resources in the biological sciences, presenting a wide-ranging list of important sources. This completely revised edition contains numerous new resources and descriptions of all entries including textbooks. The guide emphasizes current materials in the English language and includes retrospective references for historical perspective and to provide access to the taxonomic literature. It covers both print and electronic resources including monographs, journals, databases, indexes and abstracting tools, websites, and associations—providing users with listings of authoritative informational resources of both classical and recently published works. With chapters devoted to each of the main fields in the basic biological sciences, this book offers a guide to the best and most up-to-date resources in biology. It is appropriate for anyone interested in searching the biological literature, from undergraduate students to faculty, researchers, and librarians. The guide includes a supplementary website dedicated to keeping URLs of electronic and web-based resources up to date, a popular feature continued from the third edition.

Photography Birds

Photography Birds
Author: Gerrit Vyn
Publsiher: Mountaineers Books
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2020-04-01
ISBN: 1680511009
Category: Photography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Photography Birds Book Excerpt:

Photography: Birds explains how to photograph birds--whether in your backyard or at a birding destination--detailing unique issues that confront photographers of all levels and providing the best guidance for capturing the beauty and splendor of our feathered friends. Gerrit Vyn, an award-winning bird photographer, videographer, and sound recorder, has become renowned for his ability to capture birds, especially for the prestigious Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In this new guide, he reveals his methods and shares how to photograph birds based on location, behavior, identification, and storytelling. Vyn details the range of technical considerations, giving clear instruction and advice, as well as the creative decisions a photographer must make on lighting, framing, timing, and motion. He also discusses situations unique to bird photographers: dealing with habituated or tame birds, approaching feeders, utilizing blinds, and more. Once captured, digital images can be digitally refined, so Vyn delves into the procedures that elevate an image from mundane to striking, using Adobe Lightroom. Throughout, Vyn emphasizes an ethical approach to observing and interacting with the birds around us.

In the Field Among the Feathered

In the Field  Among the Feathered
Author: Thomas R. Dunlap
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011-12-01
ISBN: 0199838127
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In the Field Among the Feathered Book Excerpt:

America is a nation of ardent, knowledgeable birdwatchers. But how did it become so? And what role did the field guide play in our passion for spotting, watching, and describing birds? In the Field, Among the Feathered tells the history of field guides to birds in America from the Victorian era to the present, relating changes in the guides to shifts in science, the craft of field identification, and new technologies for the mass reproduction of images. Drawing on his experience as a passionate birder and on a wealth of archival research, Thomas Dunlap shows how the twin pursuits of recreation and conservation have inspired birders and how field guides have served as the preferred method of informal education about nature for well over a century. The book begins with the first generation of late 19th-century birdwatchers who built the hobby when opera glasses were often the best available optics and bird identification was sketchy at best. As America became increasingly urban, birding became more attractive, and with Roger Tory Peterson's first field guide in 1934, birding grew in both popularity and accuracy. By the 1960s recreational birders were attaining new levels of expertise, even as the environmental movement made birding's other pole, conservation, a matter of human health and planetary survival. Dunlap concludes by showing how recreation and conservation have reached a new balance in the last 40 years, as scientists have increasingly turned to amateurs, whose expertise had been honed by the new guides, to gather the data they need to support habitat preservation. Putting nature lovers and citizen-activists at the heart of his work, Thomas Dunlap offers an entertaining history of America's long-standing love affair with birds, and with the books that have guided and informed their enthusiasm.

Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests

Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests
Author: Casey McFarland,Matthew Monjello,David Moskowitz
Publsiher: Peterson Field Guides
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2021
ISBN: 0544963385
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests Book Excerpt:

A comprehensive field guide to the nests and nesting behavior of North American birds Beyond being a simple reference book, the Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests is a practical, educational, and intimate doorway to our continent's bird life. The diversity of nests and nesting strategies of birds reflect the unique biology and evolution of these charismatic animals. Unlike any other book currently on the market, this guide comprehensively incorporates nest design, breeding behavior, and habitat preferences of North American birds to provide the reader with a highly functional field resource and an engaging perspective of this sensitive part of a bird's life cycle.

The Complexity of Bird Behaviour

The Complexity of Bird Behaviour
Author: Paul M. W. Hackett
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 203
Release: 2020-01-20
ISBN: 3030121925
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Complexity of Bird Behaviour Book Excerpt:

This book presents the facet theoretical framework as a tool for facilitating the conception of complex animal behaviour research and the design of research procedures through employing mapping sentences. Using the facet theoretical framework, this book takes a holistic view of bird behaviour. Components of bird behavior are identified and then reassembled to facilitate an understanding of the behaviour in the context of its natural occurrence. This provides new insight on both the parts of the behaviour and how these interact as a whole. The multi-faceted approach to designing, evaluating and understanding bird behavior presented offers a template that is adaptable for investigating a wide variety of avian species and different forms of behaviour. Behavioural biologists, animal and comparative psychologists, other natural and behavioural scientists, as well as students of these disciplines will find this book to be an interesting and enlightening read.

Flight Identification of European Passerines and Select Landbirds

Flight Identification of European Passerines and Select Landbirds
Author: Tomasz Cofta
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2021-02-16
ISBN: 0691209898
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Flight Identification of European Passerines and Select Landbirds Book Excerpt:

A richly illustrated, state-of-the-art field guide for identifying European passerines in flight—the first of its kind Opening up new frontiers in birdwatching, this is the first field guide to focus specifically on the identification of European passerines and related landbirds in flight. Showcasing 850 stunning and remarkably lifelike colour illustrations from acclaimed bird artist Tomasz Cofta, produced using the latest digital technology, backed up with more than 2,400 photographs carefully selected to show typical flight profiles, it provides detailed and unsurpassed coverage of 205 European passerines and 32 near-passerines. This cutting-edge book brings a new dimension to birdwatching, the concise and authoritative species accounts presenting novel yet essential information on the flight manner of individual birds and the structure and behaviour of flocks—features that are key to identification. It also includes precise transliterations of flight calls, supported by sonograms, and links to a unique collection of hundreds of online audio recordings. Beautifully designed and written in an accessible style, this book will appeal to birdwatchers of all abilities. It presents the latest knowledge on flight identification of a group of birds that is poorly covered in the literature and is therefore a must-have for all professional ornithologists and scientists involved in migration studies. The first field guide to flight identification of European passerines and related landbirds Covers 205 European passerines and 32 near-passerines Features 850 stunning colour illustrations Includes more than 2,400 photos showing typical profiles of each species in flight Provides detailed information on flight calls, with links to online recordings

The Flying Zoo

The Flying Zoo
Author: Michael Stock
Publsiher: University of Alberta
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2019-11-19
ISBN: 1772124400
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Flying Zoo Book Excerpt:

“My work as a scientist who studies bird parasites causes me to wonder about the hidden part of the drama unfolding before my eyes: the flying zoo that makes each bird what it is. As I gaze out at my favourite birds, I wonder what role their parasites have played in shaping their fascinating behaviours and alluring appearance.” — From Chapter 1 In The Flying Zoo, Michael Stock gives readers an enthusiastic tribute to birds and the parasites that live in and on them. From the Crozet Archipelago and the Galapagos Islands to our own backyards, parasites—fleas, lice, ticks, and flukes—live in a sinister yet symbiotic relationship with their host birds. With a scientist’s exuberance, Stock reveals a co-evolutionary dance among an astounding cast of creatures living in a complex and paradoxical co-habitation. Following in the footsteps of Fleas, Flukes and Cuckoos, this contemporary classic deserves a place on the shelves of students and teachers of biology, natural history buffs, and birders.

Avian Cognition

Avian Cognition
Author: Debra S. Herrmann
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 535
Release: 2016-01-27
ISBN: 1498748430
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Avian Cognition Book Excerpt:

Unlike any other book, Avian Cognition thoroughly examines avian intelligence, behavior, and individuality. Preferences, choices, motivation, and habits of species, flocks, and individual birds are discussed and compared. This book investigates who birds are and why they do what they do. Daily, seasonal, and play activities, creativity, reasoning a