This much-anticipated third edition of the Handbook of Bird Biology is an essential and comprehensive resource for everyone interested in learning more about birds, from casual bird watchers to formal students of ornithology. Wherever you study birds your enjoyment will be enhanced by a better understanding of the incredible diversity of avian lifestyles. Arising from the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology and authored by a team of experts from around the world, the Handbook covers all aspects of avian diversity, behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, and conservation. Using examples drawn from birds found in every corner of the globe, it explores and distills the many scientific discoveries that have made birds one of our best known - and best loved - parts of the natural world.
This edition has been completely revised and is presented with more than 800 full color images. It provides readers with a tool for life-long learning about birds and is suitable for bird watchers and ornithology students, as well as for ecologists, conservationists, and resource managers who work with birds.
The Handbook of Bird Biology is the companion volume to the Cornell Lab’s renowned distance learning course, Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology.
Editorial Team and Contributors vii
Bird Academy Web Resources xiii
1 Why Study Birds? 1
Irby J. Lovette and John W. Fitzpatrick
2 Avian Diversity and Classification 7
Irby J. Lovette
3 How Birds Evolve 63
Irby J. Lovette
4 Feathers and Plumages 101
5 Avian Flight 149
Bret W. Tobalske
6 Avian Anatomy 169
Howard E. Evans
7 Bird Physiology 215
Scott McWilliams, Elizabeth Adkins-Regan, and Carol Vleck
8 Avian Food and Foraging 265
Thomas W. Sherry
9 Avian Mating and Social Behavior 313
10 Avian Vocal Behavior 355
Bruce E. Byers and Donald E. Kroodsma
11 Breeding Biology of Birds 407
David W. Winkler
12 Avian Migration and Dispersal 453
David W. Winkler, Judy Shamoun-Baranes, and Theunis Piersma
13 Ecology of Bird Populations 495
Walter D. Koenig
14 Bird Communities 537
Russell S. Greenberg
15 Bird Conservation 579
John W. Fitzpatrick and Amanda D. Rodewald
Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography at the University of California-Los Angeles, specialist on New Guinea birds, and Pulitzer-Prize winning author.
"This new edition of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Handbook of Bird Biology is a stunning resource for professionals and amateurs alike. It is graced by color photos spilling off nearly every page and filled with clear yet detailed interpretations of the latest ornithological discoveries. One can't achieve a better mix of technical accuracy and a pleasing, accessible format. It's all here - bird evolution, ecology, physiology, conservation, and much more."
Scott V. Edwards, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Curator of Ornithology at Harvard University.
"With the range of topics covered, the quality of both the writing and design, and the depth of information included, the authors have produced a book that will be of interest to a wide range of readers from those just starting to learn about birds to ornithologists who have been studying birds for decades. Whether you are a researcher, teacher, or just interested in birds, this book is a must-have for your ornithological library and, for those teaching a college-level course and looking for a textbook, the Handbook of Bird Biology is an excellent resource that should be given serious consideration" Margaret Brittingham, wiley online library, Sept 2017.
"This third version is largely enriched by the progress of ornithology. It is difficult to account for such a large body of knowledge, with the different chapters covering most areas: bird classification and diversity, evolution, plumage, flight, anatomy, physiology, feeding, social behavior, vocalizations, reproduction , migration, population ecology, communities, conservation. There is a summary at the top of each chapter and a good list of bibliographic references at the end. All are very well illustrated with photos, figures and also many colored boxes that detail particular points, concepts and regularly clear definitions of terms or scientific concepts. In addition, 76 pages of glossary and indexes (names of species, countries, subjects, etc.) at the end allow the reader to find almost everything that has been treated or mentioned ... It is the best condensed work currently available on birds and ornithology developments. It is also the most readable and easy to consult thanks to its very airy texts with multiple illustrations and subtitles ... it's really the basic work that one can refer to for any questions that one might have about birds." Ornithos, 24:5 (2017)