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The Zebra Finch: A Synthesis of Field and Laboratory Studies


Series: Oxford Ornithology Series

By: Richard A Zann

335 pages, Bw plates, figs, tabs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | May 1996 | #49984 | ISBN: 0198540795
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NHBS Price: £102.50 $134/€115 approx

About this book

The Australian Zebra Finch is widely used by researchers and teachers in many scientific disciplines where it is a preferred subject for investigations ranging from anatomy and physiology to behavioural development and evolutionary ecology. This monograph summarizes the scientific knowledge on this colourful species which has been accumulated in the past thirty years.

"Richard Zann brings together an impressive amount of information from the wild (in arid Australia) and the lab. This book has it all: zebra finches in Aboriginal creation stories, systematics, natural distribution, food eaten, behavior and physiology of drinking, abundance, social displays, breeding, parenting. . . . I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in zebra finches."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
"A comprehensive research report packed with new information, skillfully blended with a synthesis of the more important literature."--Choice
"A major summary and synthesis of current knowledge of this bird in field and laboratory. . .Recommended"--Wildlife Activist
"A first-class job of summarizing information on Zebra Finches, in the lab and in the field. These birds are remarkable in many ways, not least because they can live in confinement in a reasonable approximation of what their lives are like in the wild. That this should be true is remarkable, becau


1. Systematics and phylogeny; 2. Distribution and habitat; 3. Morphology, domestication, and moult; 4. Feeding ecology; 5. Drinking, water relations, and temperature regulation; 6. Coloniality and breeding ecology; 7. Breeding periodicity; 8. Populations; 9. Social and reproductive behaviour; 10. Vocalizations; 11. Song; 12. Sexual selection and mate choice; 13. Life history and adaptations; Appendices; References; Index

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