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Avian Urban Ecology

Diego Gil and Henrik Brumm


As natural habitat continues to be lost and the world steadily becomes more urbanized, biologists are increasingly studying the effect this has on wildlife. Birds are particularly good model systems since their life history, behaviour, and physiology are especially influenced by directly measurable environmental factors such as light and sound pollution. It is therefore relatively easy to compare urban individuals and populations with their rural counterparts. This text focuses on the behavioural and physiological mechanisms which facilitate adaptation and on the evolutionary process that ensu ... More

Keywords: natural habitat, wildlife, birds, adaptation, evolutionary process, acoustics, reproductive cues, artificial feeding

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661572
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199661572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diego Gil, editor
Departamento de Ecología Evolutiva, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales

Henrik Brumm, editor
Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology, Communication and Social Behaviour Group

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Part 1 The Urban Environment

Chapter 1 The challenges of urban living

Danielle F. Shanahan, Michael W. Strohbach, Paige S. Warren, and Richard A. Fuller

Chapter 2 The impact of artificial light on avian ecology

Kamiel Spoelstra and Marcel E. Visser

Part 2 Behaviour and Physiology

Chapter 8 Reproductive phenology of urban birds

Pierre Deviche and Scott Davies

Part 3 Evolutionary Processes

Part 4 Case Studies

Chapter 16 The importance of wooded urban green areas for breeding birds

Jukka Jokimäki, Marja-Liisa Kaisanlahti-Jokimäki, and Pilar Carbó-Ramírez

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