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Nests, Eggs, and Incubation: New ideas about avian reproduction

D. Charles Deeming and S. James Reynolds


Avian incubation is a critical part of reproduction. This new book covers four key areas: nest, eggs, incubation, and the study of avian reproduction. After an initial introduction about incubation research and a chapter reviewing the fossil record of avian reproduction, Chapters 3–6 focus on nest biology, including construction behaviour, functional properties, nest ecology, and the potential effects of climate change. Chapters 7–11 deal with egg biology with chapters addressing microbiology, allometry, energetics, and eggs as signals. Behaviour, energetics of incubation, and the effects of i ... More

Keywords: allometry, behaviour, bird, citizen science, climate change, conservation, ecology, energetics, fossil record, nest construction

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198718666
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718666.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Charles Deeming, editor
Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK

S. James Reynolds, editor
Lecturer in Ornithology and Animal Conservation, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, UK

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Chapter 3 Nest construction behaviour

S.D. Healy, K.V. Morgan, and I.E. Bailey

Chapter 4 Functional properties of nests

D.C. Deeming and M.C. Mainwaring

Chapter 5 The influence of predation on the location and design of nests

M.C. Mainwaring, S.J. Reynolds, and K. Weidinger

Chapter 7 Microbiology of nests and eggs

A. West, P. Cassey, and C.M. Thomas

Chapter 8 Control of invertebrate occupants of nests

I. López-Rull and C. Macías Garcia

Chapter 15 Advances in techniques to study incubation

J.A. Smith, C.B. Cooper, and S.J. Reynolds

Chapter 18 Perspectives on avian nests and eggs

D.C. Deeming and S.J. Reynolds

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