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Academic & Professional Books  Ornithology  Birds: General

Essential Ornithology

By: Graham Scott
162 pages, 30 col & 75 b/w illus
Essential Ornithology
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  • Essential Ornithology ISBN: 9780198569978 Paperback Jun 2010 Usually dispatched within 5 days
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Essential Ornithology provides the reader with a concise but comprehensive introduction to the biology of birds, one of the most widely studied taxonomic groups.

The book starts with the controversial question of the dinosaur origins of birds and their subsequent evolution. Development, anatomy, and physiology are then discussed followed by chapters devoted to avian reproduction, migration, ecology, and conservation. Sections dealing with aspects of bird/human relationships and bird conservation give the book an applied context.

Drawing extensively upon the wider scientific literature, this engaging text places the results of classical studies of avian biology alongside the most recent scientific breakthroughs. Useful case studies are presented in a concise and engaging style with the student reader foremost in mind. Key points are highlighted and suggestions for guided reading and key references are included throughout.


Preface; 1. Evolution of birds; 2. Feathers and flight; 3. Movement: migration and navigation; 4. Eggs, nests and chicks; 5. Reproduction; 6. Foraging and avoiding predation; 7. Populations, communities and conservation; Index

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By: Graham Scott
162 pages, 30 col & 75 b/w illus
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Fabulous & Essential Reading
by Birdbeginner in United Kingdom
Well presented, easy to understand yet packed with knowledge, without the jargon. Essential text for anyone wanting a greater understanding of birds and bird behaviour. Just buy it to see what I mean - I love it!
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