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Lebedi Mira: Struktura i Evolyutsiya Signal'nogo Povedeniya [Swans of the World: Structure and Evolution of Signal Behaviour]

By: Evgeniy N Panov (Author), Elena Yu Pavlova (Author)

176 pages, 8 plates with colour photos; 56 b/w photos, b/w illustrations, and b/w maps; tables

KMK Scientific Press

Hardback | Feb 2015 | #222983 | ISBN-13: 9785990607187
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Language: Russian with a half-page English summary

In this book, using materials on the biology of a compact group of birds, namely the subtribe Cygninae (six to eight species, according to different taxonomic schemes), taken as an example, the main methodological approaches in comparative ethology are discussed, as well as principles of an analytical description of the signal behavior available for the subsequent taxonomical reasoning. Principal information on the ecology and social behavior of all swan species of the world are given. The history of their first scientific description and subsequent transformations in views on the structure of the whole taxon are treated. On the basis of new, nontrivial ethological data obtained, a revision of phylogenetic relationships among species is offered. In particular, the authors cast doubt on the affiliation of the Black-necked Swan to the genus Cygnus, as well as on opinion of close relationship of the so-called Coscoroba Swan to the true swans.

Summary in Russian:
В книге на примере компактной группы птиц, подтрибы Cygninae (6–8 видов по разным оценкам) рассмотрены методологические подходы в сравнительной этологии, а также принципы аналитического описания сигнального поведения, пригодного для последующих таксономических построений. Приведены основные сведения по экологии и социальному поведению всех видов лебедей мировой фауны. Описана история их открытия орнитологами и трансформаций в представлениях систематиков о структуре таксона. С использованием новых, нетривиальных данных по поведению лебедей проведена ревизия филогенетических отношений между их видами. В частности, высказаны сомнения о принадлежности черношейного вида к роду Cygnus и о близком родстве к нему коскоробы.


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