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The question of how birds migrate over enormous distances with apparently minimal guidance continues to excite both professional and amateur ornithologists. Nearly ten years have elapsed since Peter Berthold, a leading researcher in the field, wrote the first edition of this highly readable and fascinating book. During that time the field has advanced by strides, so that this new edition has been extensively revised, expanded, and updated. No other book exists that brings together the vast amount of information that is available on the subject of bird migration, so that Bird Migration: A General Survey will be an inspiration to birdwatchers, naturalists, and ornithologists alike.
"The whole book is an excellent review of recent scientific research."
– Glasgow Naturalist
- Evolution, genetic basis, and extent of bird migration
- History of bird migration studies
- Current methods of studying bird migration
- The phenomena of bird migration
- Physiological bases and control of bird migration
- Orientation mechanisms
- Synopsis: course and control of migration of a typical long-distance migrant passerine
- Threats and the conservation and future of migrants
- Evolutionary aspects of bird migration in the future
- The significance of bird migration for human society
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