The avian migrant : the biology of bird migration /

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Author / Creator:Rappole, John H.
Imprint:New York : Columbia University Press, [2013]
Description:xx, 435 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Subject:Birds -- Migration.
Migratory birds.
Birds -- Migration.
Migratory birds.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9780231146784 (cloth : alk. paper)
0231146787 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780231518635 (e-book)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Bird migration has intrigued humans for thousands of years, but scientific understanding of migration in a larger, evolutionary framework has begun to develop only more recently. Here, Rappole (emer., Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute; The Ecology of Migrant Birds, CH, Sep'96, 34-0308) takes the reader on a yearlong journey through a migratory songbird's life, with an evolutionary focus on what makes migratory birds different from their resident counterparts during these important life events. This book goes beyond the categorical descriptions of migrations that have been well documented in the past to explore the theoretical basis for the evolution of bird migration. It is thoroughly referenced, with a multitude of examples of specific species used to illustrate specific points in each chapter. The reader will especially appreciate the personal approach that Rappole takes to explain the concepts. This is most evident in the final chapter, where he methodically summarizes each of the previous ten chapters in a first-person style that allows his audience to understand his opinions and viewpoints on the subject. This authoritative, thoughtful, and well-crafted work will appeal to readers with an interest in bird migration and population ecology. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. C. A. Fassbinder-Orth Creighton University

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