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Evolutionary Ecology of Birds: Life Histories, Mating Systems and Extinction (Oxford Chemistry Primers)

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Birds show bewildering diversity in their life histories, mating systems and risk of extinction. Why do albatrosses delay reproduction for the first 12 years of their life while zebra finches breed in their first year? Why are fairy-wrens so sexually promiscuous while swans show lifelong monogamy? Why are over a quarter of parrot species threatened with global extinction while woodpeckers and cuckoos remain secure? Some of these topics are classic problems in natural and sexual selection, while others have arisen in the last decade, such as variation in genetic mating systems or extinction risk. Birds offer a unique opportunity for investigating these questions because they are exceptionally well-studied in the wild. By employing phylogenetic comparative methods and a database of up to 3,000 species, the authors identify the ecological and evolutionary basis of many of these intriguing questions. They also highlight remaining puzzles and identify a series of challenges for future investigation. This is the most comprehensive reappraisal of avian diversity since David Lack's classic "Ecological Adaptions for Breeding in Birds". It is also the most extensive application of modern comparative methods yet undertaken. This novel approach demonstrates how an evolutionary perspective can reveal the general ecological processes that underpin contemporary avian diversity on a global scale.

Synopsis:

This comprehensive reappraisals of avian diversity is also an extensive application of modern comparative methods. The approach demonstrates how an evolutionary perspective can reveal the general ecological processes that underpin contemporary avian diversity on a global scale.

Table of Contents

I. Comparative Biology of Birds

1. Diverse birds and puzzles

2. Comparative methods

II. Natural Selection and Diversity in Life-Histories

3. Diversity among living species

4. Patterns of covariation between life-history traits

5. Ecological basis of life-history diversity

6. Further problems

III. Sexual Selection and Diversity in Mating Systems

7. Variation in mating systems and sexual dimorphism

8. Ecological basis of mating system diversity

9. Ecological basis of sexual dimorphism

10. Further problems

IV. Birth and Death of Bird Species

11. Variation in extinction risk and species richness

12. Explaining variation in extinction risk

13. Explaining variation in species richness

14. Further problems

V. Conclusions

References

Appendices

Author index

Family names index

Subject index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198510888
Author:
Bennett, Peter M.
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Author:
null, Peter M.
Author:
Ownes, Ian P.
Author:
Owens, Ian P. F.
Author:
null, Ian P. F.
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Life Sciences | Vertebrate Zoology | Ornithology
Subject:
Birds -- Evolution.
Subject:
Birds -- Ecology.
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Edition Number:
2
Series:
Oxford Chemistry Primers
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
37 line illus
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 in 1.41 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Geography » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Zoology » Ornithology
Science and Mathematics » Chemistry » Physical Chemistry
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » Birdwatching
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » General
Science and Mathematics » Ornithology » General Ornithology and Birding

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"Synopsis" by , This comprehensive reappraisals of avian diversity is also an extensive application of modern comparative methods. The approach demonstrates how an evolutionary perspective can reveal the general ecological processes that underpin contemporary avian diversity on a global scale.
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