By: PA Johnsgard
384 pages, 38 col & 70 line illus
Arena-breeding birds are species where the males gather for competitive sexual display in open spaces - arenas or leks. Also included under this heading are birds who build bowers for reproductive purposes. In this fascinating book, the author describes sexual selection in arena birds, in the context of Darwin's theory that selection works on the basis of either male dominance or female choice. He summarises a vast body of literature, and provides details of breeding behaviour for a number of species or groups. A major reference on this phenomenon.
"[...] This volume is highly recommended to anyone who has a particularly strong interest in this topic or in some of the included birds, but those who do not will probably find it difficult to get through. On the other hand, used copies can be found online very cheaply, and at these prices it is well worthwhile to anyone who may be even slightly interested."
- Grant McCreary (18-02-2007), read the full review at The Birder's Library
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