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Sturkie's Avian Physiology

  • Includes new chapters on endocrine disruptors, magnetoreception, genomics, proteomics, mitochondria, control of food intake, molting, stress, the avian endocrine system, bone, the metabolic demands of migration, behavior and control of body temperature
  • Features extensively revised chapters on the cardiovascular system, pancreatic hormones, respiration, pineal gland, pituitary gland, thyroid, adrenal gland, muscle, gastro-intestinal physiology, incubation, circadian rhythms, annual cycles, flight, the avian immune system, embryo physiology and control of calcium.
  • Stands out as the only comprehensive, single volume devoted to bird physiology
  • Offers a full consideration of both blood and avian metabolism on the companion website
  • Tables feature hematological and serum biochemical parameters together with circulating concentrations of glucose in more than 200 different species of wild birds

By: Colin G Scanes(Editor)

1028 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables

Academic Press

Hardback | Aug 2014 | Edition: 6 | #221330 | ISBN-13: 9780124071605
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Sturkie's Avian Physiology is the classic comprehensive single volume on the physiology of domestic as well as wild birds. The Sixth Edition is thoroughly revised and updated, and features several new chapters with entirely new content on such topics as migration, genomics and epigenetics. Chapters throughout have been greatly expanded due to the many recent advances in the field. The text also covers the physiology of flight, reproduction in both male and female birds, and the immunophysiology of birds. The Sixth Edition, like the earlier editions, is a must for anyone interested in comparative physiology, poultry science, veterinary medicine, and related fields. Sturkie's Avian Physiology establishes the standard for those who need the latest and best information on the physiology of birds.

" [...] a very comprehensive book that should be in the library of anyone interested in avian comparative physiology, veterinary medicine, and related fields."

"This is a 6th edition reprint. This undergraduate level text, now in its sixth edition, covers just about everything that is known about avian physiology. The book covers not only domestic birds (there is much research into exactly how best to nurture poultry) but also wild birds, which are harder to study, but also have much more varied adaptations. The 41 chapters occupy over 1,000 pages and are arranged into seven 'themes': the first covering genes, proteins, and how one translates into the other (lots of new '-omics' research here); the second, senses and the nervous system (including a chapter on the controversial topic of whether and how birds can sense magnetic fields); then come sections looking at different organs, metabolic pathways (how food is converted into energy), the action of hormones, and reproductive biology; and finally some cross-cutting topics like stress, moult, flight, the challenges of migration and the impact of toxic chemicals. This is a textbook, so not an easy read in places, but if you want to know the detail of how birds 'work' - this should probably be your first port of call."
– Rob Robinson, BTO book reviews

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1. Avian Genomics
Jerry Dodgson
2. Transcriptomics of Physiological Systems
Tom E. Porter
3. Avian Proteomics
Dusan Kunec and Shane C. Burgess
4. Mitochondrial Physiology
Walter G. Bottje
5. The Avian Somatosensory System: A Comparative View
Martin Wild
6. Avian Hearing
Christine Köppl
7. The Chemical Senses in Birds
Larry Clark, Julie C. Hagelin and Scott J. Werner
8. Magnetoreception in Birds and Its Use for Long-distance Migration
Henrik Mouritsen
9. The Avian Subpallium and Autonomic Nervous System
Wayne J. Kuenzel
10. Blood
Colin G. Scanes
11. The Cardiovascular System
Ed Dzialowski
12. Osmoregulatory Systems of Birds
Eldon J. Braun
13. Respiration
Frank L. Powell
14. Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology
D. Michael Denbow
15. Poultry Bone Development and Bone Disorders
Mark Pines and R. Reshef
16. Skeletal Muscle
Sandra Velleman and Douglas McFarland
17. The Avian Immune System
Pete Kaiser and Adam Balic
18. Carbohydrate Metabolism
Colin G. Scanes
19. Adipose Tissue and Lipid Metabolism
Johan Buyse and Eddy Decuypere
20. Protein Metabolism
Colin G. Scanes
21. Food Intake Regulation
D. Michael Denbow and Mark A. Cline
22. Avian Endocrine System
Colin G. Scanes
23. Pituitary Gland
Colin G. Scanes
24. Thyroids
Anne McNabb and Veerle M. Darras
25. The Role of Hormones in the Regulation of Bone Turnover and Eggshell Calcification
Christopher Dacke, Toshe Sugiyama and Carol Gay
26. Adrenals
Rocco V. Carsia
27. Endocrine Pancreas
Joëlle Dupont, Nicole Rideau and Jean Simon
28. Reproduction in the Female
Alan L. Johnson
29. Reproduction in Male Birds
Jorge Vizcarra, Rebecca Allen and John D. Kirby
30. Reproductive Behavior
Pierre Deviche
31. Brooding
Yupaporn Chaiseha and Mohamed E. El Halawani
32. The Physiology of the Avian Embryo
Casey A. Mueller, Warren W. Burggren, and Hiroshi Tazawa
33. Stress in Birds
Julio Blas
34. Circadian Rhythms
Vincent M. Cassone and Vinod Kumar
35. Circannual Cycles and Photoperiodism
Vincent M. Cassone and Takashi Yoshimura
36. Annual Schedules
Thomas P. Hahn, Kathleen Brazeal, Elizabeth M. Schultz, Helen E. Chmura, Jamie M. Cornelius, Heather E. Watts, and Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton
37. Regulation of Body Temperature - Strategies and Mechanisms
Shlomo Yahav
38. Avian Molting
Alistair Dawson
39. Flight
Charles Michael Bishop and Patrick Butler
40. Physiological Challenges of Migration
Eldon Braun
41. Actions of Toxicants and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Birds
Mary Ann Ottinger, Meredith Bohannon, Leah Carpenter, Tiffany Carro, Johanna Rochester, and Karen Dean

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