Handbook of Bird Biology

ISBN-10: 093802762X
ISBN-13: 9780938027621
Edition: 2nd 2004
List price: $99.50
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Description: Call it Bird University. This gloriously illustrated volume provides comprehensive college-level information about birds and their environments in a style accessible to nonscientists and teachers the world over. TheHandbook of Bird Biologycovers  More...

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Book details

List price: $99.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/21/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1248
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.25" long x 2.75" tall
Weight: 7.480
Language: English

Call it Bird University. This gloriously illustrated volume provides comprehensive college-level information about birds and their environments in a style accessible to nonscientists and teachers the world over. TheHandbook of Bird Biologycovers all major topics, from anatomy and physiology to ecology, behavior, and conservation biology. One full chapter addresses vocal communication and is accompanied by a CD of bird vocalizations. Produced by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's world-renowned Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds, the CD illustrates key elements of bioacoustics. The book's text was written by 12 leading ornithologists and illustrated by respected photographers and acclaimed artist John Schmitt. It includes an extensive glossary and index, a list of the common and scientific names of all birds mentioned in the text, author profiles, suggested readings following each chapter, and a complete reference section. TheHandbookserves as the backbone of the Lab's popular Home Study Course in Bird Biology, a self-paced course that can be taken from anywhere in the world, by anyone with a serious interest in birds who would like guidance from professional ornithologists. Comprehensive and readable guide covering all major topics Free CD of bird vocalizations enclosed Extensive glossary and index List of all common and scientific names Suggested readings Complete reference section Companion to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's popular Home Study Course in Bird Biology

Birds and Humans: A Historical Perspective Birds as Food
Use of Skins and Feathers
Birds in Literature, Culture, and Religion
Art
Religion
Folklore
Literature
Music and Dance
Music and Dance of Indigenous Cultures
Music and Dance of Western Cultures
The Evolution of North American Ornithology
The Early Years: From Aristotle to the 17th Century
The 18th Century
The 19th Century
The American Ornithologists' Union and the U.S. Biological Survey
The First Audubon Movement
The Second Audubon Movement
The 20th Century and the Expanding Role of the Bird Watcher
The Development of the Field Guide
Academic Training in Ornithology
Bird Conservation, Bird Watching and the Age of Technology
Suggested Readings
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Introduction: The World of Birds Ornithological
Terms
The Form of a Bird
Bill
Head and Neck
Trunk
Wings
Tail
Hind Limbs
Diversity in Bird Form
The Bill
The Wings
The Tail
The Feet
Feathering
Internal Anatomy
Diversity in Bird Movement
Movement on Land
Movement in Water
Naming and Classification of Birds
History
Methods Used to Classify Birds
Binomial Nomenclature and Classification System
The Species
The Formation of Species
Orders and Families of World Birds
Orders and Families of North American Birds
How Naming and Classification Can Help You
The Use of Common Names
Evolution of Birds and Avian Flight
Bird Distribution
Distribution of Land Birds
Palearctic Region
Nearctic Region
Neotropical Region
Afrotropical Region
Oriental Region
Australasian Region
Island Distribution
Distribution of Marine Birds
Northern Marine Region
Southern Marine Region
Tropical Marine Region
Plankton and Bird Distribution
The Importance of Biodiversity
Orders and Families of World Birds
Orders and Families of North American Birds
Geological Time Scale
Sidebars
Which Way is Up?
The Evolution of an Idea: Darwin's Theory
Latin and Greek Roots of Biological Terms
A Guide to Bird Watching How to Identify Birds
Shape
Postures and Flight Patterns
Behaviors
Size
Comparing Body Features
Field Marks
Head
Bill Shape and Color
Wings
Tail
Legs
Colors and Plumage Patterns
Songs
Habitat
Range and Abundance
Time of Year
Sorting Out Birds
Closing the Distance
Sitting Quietly
Pishing and Squeaking
Mobbing
Playback Songs
Bird Blinds
Viewing Birds
Using Binoculars
Pointing Out Birds to Others
Selecting Binoculars
Magnification Power
Light-gathering Capacity
Field of View
Resolution
Alignment
Binocular Designs
Mini Binoculars
Binoculars for Eyeglass Wearers
How to Shop for Binoculars
How to Clean Binoculars
Protecting Binoculars
Selecting a Spotting Scope and Tripod
How to Shop for a Spotting Scope
Recording Observations
Checklists
Journals
Reporting Rare Birds
Listing Birds
Counting Birds
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Conclusion
The Birder's Essential Resources
Field Guides
General References
Textbooks
Popular Bird Magazines
Scientific Journals
Leisure Reading

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