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Sturkie's Avian Physiology

By: Colin G Scanes(Editor), Sami Dridi(Editor)
1430 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables
Publisher: Academic Press
Sturkie's Avian Physiology
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  • Sturkie's Avian Physiology ISBN: 9780128197707 Edition: 7 Hardback Jul 2022 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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About this book

Sturkie's Avian Physiology, seventh edition is the classic, comprehensive, single-volume on the physiology of domestic and wild birds. This latest edition is thoroughly revised and updated with several new chapters with entirely new content on such topics as vision, sensory taste, pain reception, evolution and domestication. Chapters throughout have been greatly expanded due to the many recent advances in the field. This book is written by international experts in different aspects of avian physiology. For easy reading and searches, the book is structured under a series of themes, beginning with genomic studies, sensory biology and nervous systems, and major organs.

This book is an important resource for ornithologists, poultry scientists, and other researchers in avian studies. It is also useful for students in avian or poultry physiology, as well as avian veterinarians.


Part I. Undergirding themes
1. Importance of physiology of birds
2. Avian genomics
3. Transcriptomics of physiological systems
4. Avian Proteomics
5. Avian metabolomics
6. Mitochondrial physiology
7. Evolution of birds
8. Domestication of poultry

Part II. Sensory biology and nervous system theme
9. The avian somatosensory system: a comparative view
10. Avian Vision
11. Avian Hearing
12. Avian olfaction and other chemical reception (excluding taste)
13. Avian taste reception
14. Avian nociception and pain
15. Magnetoreception and its use for long distance migration
16. Avian subpallium and autonomic nervous system

Part III. Organ system theme
17. Blood
18. The cardiovascular system
19. Osmoregulatory systems of birds
20. Respiration
21. Gastrointestinal anatomy and physiology
21A. Intestinal villi and crypt organization and function
22. Bone
23. Skeletal muscle
24. The avian immune system

Part IV. Metabolism theme
25. Carbohydrate metabolism
26. Adipose tissue and lipid metabolism
27. Protein metabolism
28. Food intake regulation

Part V. Endocrine theme
29. Overview of avian neuropeptides and peptides
30. Pituitary gland
31. Thyroids
32. The role of hormones in the regulation of bone turnover and eggshell calcification
33. Adrenals Rocco
34. Endocrine pancreas

Part VI. Reproductive theme
35. Reproduction in the female
36. Reproduction in the male
37. The physiology of the avian embryo

Part VI. Cross-cutting themes
38. Stress Eco-physiology
39. Physiology of welfare/wellbeing of poultry
40. Reproductive Behavior
41. Physiology of growth
42. Circadian rhythms
43. Circannual cycles and photoperiodism
44. Annual cycles
45. Regulation of body temperature: patterns and processes
46. Flight
47. Physiological challenges of migration
48. Actions of toxicants and endocrine-disrupting chemicals in birds

Customer Reviews


Colin G. Scanes was formerly editor of the journal Poultry Science and has held senior faculty and/or administrative positions at the University of Leeds, Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey, Iowa State University, Mississippi State University and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Dr Scanes was also the editor for the latest (sixth) edition of Sturkie’s Avian Physiology for Elsevier/Academic Press. He has extensive experience in teaching undergraduates and research with more than 600 publications.

Dr Sami Dridi is a professor from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville.

By: Colin G Scanes(Editor), Sami Dridi(Editor)
1430 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables
Publisher: Academic Press
Media reviews

" [...] a very comprehensive book that should be in the library of anyone interested in avian comparative physiology, veterinary medicine, and related fields."

"This is a 6th edition reprint. This undergraduate level text, now in its sixth edition, covers just about everything that is known about avian physiology. The book covers not only domestic birds (there is much research into exactly how best to nurture poultry) but also wild birds, which are harder to study, but also have much more varied adaptations. The 41 chapters occupy over 1,000 pages and are arranged into seven 'themes': the first covering genes, proteins, and how one translates into the other (lots of new '-omics' research here); the second, senses and the nervous system (including a chapter on the controversial topic of whether and how birds can sense magnetic fields); then come sections looking at different organs, metabolic pathways (how food is converted into energy), the action of hormones, and reproductive biology; and finally some cross-cutting topics like stress, moult, flight, the challenges of migration and the impact of toxic chemicals. This is a textbook, so not an easy read in places, but if you want to know the detail of how birds 'work' - this should probably be your first port of call."
– Rob Robinson, BTO book reviews

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