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Geographical Variation in Waders

By: Meinte Engelmoer and Cees S Roselaar

331 pages, Figs, tabs, maps

Kluwer Academic Publishers

Hardback | Dec 1998 | #82209 | ISBN: 0792350200
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The migratory habits and migration schedules of waders can be better understood by analysing their measurements. This technical reference examines the morphometrical variation in 15 species using POSCON analysis and has a worldwide coverage of nearly all breeding populations.

'...This is an important modern study of the geographical variation in birds in general and waders in particular. It is therefore of great interest to systematic ornithologists and to all those field ornithologists involved in the ringing and measuring of waders during migration or on the wintering grounds., especially to those workers analysisng the large data sets gathered every year. Hopefully, this book will encourage eco-ethologists to undertake comparative studies of those conspesific wader populations which the authors have distinguished taxonomically.' Ethology, 106(1):1-104 (2000) 'This is an impressive book in more ways than one. ... Should you buy this book? If you have any interest in waders then my answer would be an emphatic yes. ... It is an excellent book.' Ibis, 142 (2000)


Contents

2. Material and Methods. 3. Introduction to the Species' Accounts. 4. Ringed Plover -- Charadrius hiaticula and Semipalmated Plover -- Charadrius semipalmatus. 5. Eurasian Golden Plover -- Pluvialis apricaria. 6. Grey Plover -- Pluvialis squatarola. 7. Red Knot -- Calidris canutus 8. Sanderling -- Calidris alba. 9. Curlew Sandpiper -- Calidris ferruginea. 10. Purple Sandpiper -- Calidris maritima. 11. Dunlin -- Calidris alpina. 12. Black-tailed Godwit -- Limosa limosa. 13. Bar-tailed Godwit -- Limosa lapponica. 14. Whimbrel -- Numenius phaeopus. 15. Eurasian Curlew -- Numenius arquata 16. Redshank -- Tringa totanus. 17. Ruddy Turnstone -- Arenaria interpres. 18. General Discussion. 19. References. Annex 1: Summary of Morphometric Data. Annex 2: Lengths of Primaries in relation to Maximum Wing Lengths. Annex 3: POSCON and the Prediction of a Bird's Breeding Origin or Sex. Part I: The POSCON user Manual. Part II: The Samples of Breeding Populations of Waders.

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