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The Ecology of Bird Communities: Volume 2: Processes and Variations

Series: The Ecology of Bird Communities Volume: 2

By: John A Wiens

328 pages, Tabs, figs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 1992 | #14389 | ISBN: 0521426359
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Hardback | Sep 1989 | #4839 | ISBN: 0521365589
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About this book

The two volumes of John Wiens' Ecology of Bird Communities have applications and importance to the whole field of ecology. The books contain a detailed synthesis of our current understanding of the patterns of organisation of bird communities and of the factors that may determine them, drawing from studies from all over the world. By emphasizing how proper logic and methods have or have not been followed and how different viewpoints have developed historically and have led to controversy, the scope of these books are extended far beyond the study of birds. Processes and Variations discusses the way in which bird community patterns have been interpreted. This second volume examines how the complexity and variability of natural environments may influence efforts to discern and understand the nature of these communities. Graduate students and professionals in avian biology and ecology will find these volumes a valuable stimulus and guide to future field studies and theory development.


Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Interpreting Community Patterns: Process Hypotheses: 1. Competition; 2. A case study: interactions among nectarivores; 3. Beyond competition: other factors influencing community structure; Part II. Community Variation in Time and Space: 4. Temporal variation of communities; 5. Spatial patchiness and scale; Part III. Prospects: 6. Concluding comments: future directions in avian community ecology; References; Author index; Subject index.

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