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Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Birds

J. Eduardo P. W. Bicudo, William A. Buttemer, Mark A. Chappell, James T. Pearson, and Claus Bech


This book focuses on the current understanding of a set of topics in ecological and environmental physiology that are of particular interest to ornithologists, but which also have broad biological relevance. The introductory chapter covers the basic body plan of birds and their still-enigmatic evolutionary history. The focus then shifts to a consideration of the essential components of that most fundamental of avian attributes: the ability to fly. The emphasis is on feather evolution and development, flight energetics and aerodynamics, migration, and as a counterpoint, the curious secondary ev ... More

Keywords: bird evolution, bird life history, flight, migration, high altitude, thermoregulation, feeding, long-distance navigation, song production

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228447
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Eduardo P. W. Bicudo, author
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

William A. Buttemer, author
University of Wollongong, Australia

Mark A. Chappell, author
University of California, Riverside, USA