Bird Song Biological Themes and Variations

ISBN-10: 0521872421
ISBN-13: 9780521872423
Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $82.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/22/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 348
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Bird song is one of the most remarkable and impressive sounds in the natural world, and has inspired not only students of natural history, but also great writers, poets and composers. Extensively updated from the first edition, the main thrust of the book is to suggest that the two main functions of song are attracting a mate and defending territory. It shows how this evolutionary pressure has led to the amazing variety and complexity we see in the songs of different species throughout the world. Writing primarily for students and researchers in animal behavior, the authors review over 1000 scientific papers and reveal how scientists are beginning to unravel and understand how and why birds communicate with the elaborate vocalizations we call song. Highly illustrated throughout and written in straightforward language, Bird Song also holds appeal for amateur ornithologists with some knowledge of biology.

Clive Catchpole is currently Professor of Animal Behaviour at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has written, broadcast and researched on many aspects of bird ecology and behaviour for more than 30 years and published over 100 books, articles and scientific papers. He has studied birds in many parts of the world and been a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology in Germany and the California Academy of Sciences in the USA.

The Study of Bird Song
Production and Perception
How Song Develops
Getting the Message Across
When Do Birds Sing?
Recognition and Territorial Defence
Sexual Selection and Female Choice
Themes and Variations
Variation in Time and Space
Common and scientific names
References
Index

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