Pelicans, cormorants and their relatives : Pelecanidae, Sulidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Anhingidae, Fregatidae, Phaethontidae /

"The pelecaniformes are a large and important group of seabirds, containing many spectacular species. This book addresses the breeding biology of the six pelecaniform families, which comprise the closely - related core groups (pelicans, cormorants/shags, darters, gannets/boobies) and their more...

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Author / Creator:Nelson, Bryan, 1932-
Imprint:Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Description:ix, 661 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 26 cm.
Language:English
Series:Bird families of the world ; 17
Bird families of the world ; 17.
Subject:Pelecaniformes.
Pélécaniformes.
Pélécaniformes -- Distribution géographique.
Pélécaniformes -- Identification.
Pélécaniformes -- Reproduction.
Sulidés.
Cormorans.
Phaétons.
Anhingidés.
Pélécanidés.
Frégatidés.
Pelecaniformes.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/8739779
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ISBN:0198577273
9780198577270
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:"The pelecaniformes are a large and important group of seabirds, containing many spectacular species. This book addresses the breeding biology of the six pelecaniform families, which comprise the closely - related core groups (pelicans, cormorants/shags, darters, gannets/boobies) and their more distant relatives, the frigatebirds and tropicbirds. Many fundamental questions can be addressed through the pelecaniformes; Why do they breed in colonies? What are the links between their feeding methods and their reproduction? What part does territorial and pairing behaviour play in their life-cycles? These and scores of comparable issues, including those related to man, are woven here into a richly interpretative text." "The author's approach to the subject is threefold. First, the pelecaniformes are placed within the framework of four discrete disciplines, with chapters on evolutionary relationships, comparative behaviour, ecology, and the birds' relationship with humans. Secondly, each of the six families is discussed, elucidating the range of taxonomy, behaviour, and ecology within each. Finally, each species is described, using the same structure as for the family accounts. In this way each of the 60- odd species can be understood not just as discrete units, but as part of their family and order. The book is unique in its coverage of the entire order and in its combination of facts and interpretation." "Pelicans, Cormorants, and their Relatives will enable readers not only to identify the many spectacular species which make up this large and important group of seabirds, but also to understand their breeding biology."--BOOK JACKET.