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Academic & Professional Books  Ornithology  Biology, Ecology & Behaviour

Partnerships in Birds The Study of Monogamy

Series: Oxford Ornithology Series Volume: 6
By: Jeffrey M Black
420 pages, Figs, tabs
Partnerships in Birds
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  • Partnerships in Birds ISBN: 9780198548607 Paperback May 1996 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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Some birds mate for life, while others have many different partners. Why? This collection of fourteen classic studies on bird behaviour which compare the different partnership patterns from ecological and evolutionary perspectives.


INITIAL PERSPECTIVES; 1. Introduction: pair bonds and partnerships; 2. The battle of the sexes and the origins of monogamy; 3. The model family; CONTINUOUS PARTNERSHIPS; 4. Long-term monogamy in a river specialist - the Blue Duck; 5. Do Barnacle Geese benefit from life-long monogamy?; 6. Mate fidelity in swans; 7. Breeding partnrship in two New World jays; 8. Partnerships in promiscuous Splendid Fairy-wrens; PART-TIME PARTNERSHIPS; 9. Divorce in the European Blackbird; 10. Mate fidelity and divorce in ptarmigan; 11. Causes and consequences of long-term partnerships in Cassin's Auklets; 12. Monogamy in a long-lived seabird: the Short-tailed Shearwaters; 13. Between and within-population variation in mate fidelity in the Great Tit; 14. Monogamy in the Sparrowhawk; 15. Mate fidelity in penguins; 16. Causes and consequences of mate fidelity in Red-billed Gulls; 17. Dispersal, demography, and the persistence of partnerships in Indigo Buntings; Concluding Perspectives; 18. Monogamy and sperm competition in birds; 19. Mate fidelity and divorce in monogamous birds; Author index; Subject index

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Series: Oxford Ornithology Series Volume: 6
By: Jeffrey M Black
420 pages, Figs, tabs
Media reviews

"Useful tables and diagrams; chapter references; author and subject indexes. Recommended."--Choice
"Overall, the book is highly readable, the empirical data are succinctly presented in a uniform style which facilitates cross-species comparisons, and the long-term studies are truly impressive in their size and scope."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
"An impressive treatment, empirical and theoretical, of. . .issues related to avian monogamy. Fourteen fine chapters, based on long-term empirical studies of individual species in 12 different avian families, are sandwiched between opening and closing sections that deal with theoretical issues."--Science
"An impressive collection of theoretical and empirical studies that address the evolution of mate fidelity and divorce." --Ibis
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