Handbook of Bird Biology

  • Filename: handbook-of-bird-biology.
  • ISBN: 9781118291047
  • Release Date: 2016-06-27
  • Number of pages: 736
  • Author: Irby J. Lovette
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Selected by Forbes.com as one of the 12 best books about birds and birding in 2016 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.

RSPB Handbook of British Birds

  • Filename: rspb-handbook-of-british-birds.
  • ISBN: 9781472910103
  • Release Date: 2014-07-31
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Tim Cleeves
  • Publisher: A&C Black

RSPB Handbook of British Birds Â? the bestselling guide of its kind, covering a total of 272 British species Â? just got even better. This enhanced epub version of the fourth edition of the book Â? featuring songs and calls Â? is set to change birding, forever. Optimised for tablets, it features the Handbook in crisp, clear high-resolution. Its pages contain 1,200 colour illustrations, plus seven comparison spreads, with comprehensive text on identification, habitats, food, breeding and conservation, and accurate range maps. In addition, the epub edition features songs, calls and other sounds from each species, making this the ultimate one-stop resources for anyone interested in identifying and learning more about the birds they see. This collection of images and sounds represents a step change in the way birdwatchers operate. No more carrying heavy books into the field; no more trying to remember sounds days later, while all other methods for taking sounds into the field are consigned to the dustbin. The RSPB Handbook of British Birds e-book provides a complete field-based ID solution Â? no birdwatcher will want to be without it. (Note: Audio may not play on all devices. Please check your user manual for details).

Manual of Ornithology

  • Filename: manual-of-ornithology.
  • ISBN: 0300076193
  • Release Date: 1998-10
  • Number of pages: 340
  • Author: Noble S. Proctor
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

This visual guide to the structure and anatomy of birds contains more than 200 specially prepared accurate drawings. The text is written for undergraduate students and to bird lovers in general, and discusses why birds look and act the way they do.


  • Filename: ornithology.
  • ISBN: 0716749831
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 758
  • Author: Frank B. Gill
  • Publisher: Macmillan

Ornithology is the classic text for the undergraduate ornithology course, long admired for its biological/evolutionary approach to bird science. The new edition--the first revision in 10 years--maintains the scope and expertise that made the book so popular while incorporating the latest developments from research and updating its exquisite art program.

The Handbook of Bird Photography

  • Filename: the-handbook-of-bird-photography.
  • ISBN: 9781457179600
  • Release Date: 2013-04-16
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Markus Varesvuo
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook, Inc.

The Handbook of Bird Photography distills the knowledge, talent, and experience of three well-known professional wildlife photographers into one beautifully illustrated volume. Written in a manner that is easy to understand, this book offers fresh insight and practical tips that will broaden horizons for nature and bird photographers. The authors share their stories showcasing photographs for which they have received awards in major international wildlife photo competitions. In this book, you'll learn about all of the elements that lead to a great bird photograph, including: The bird photographer's equipment Shooting techniques: exposure, focus, how to show movement and freeze action, etc. In the field: bird behavior, hides, and how to attract birds How to use light and compose and crop images The best sites for finding and photographing birds You'll also learn how to show, share, promote, and sell your photographs. Bird photography is a brilliant way to spend your free time, and for some it's a career. This book helps beginners get the hang of things quickly and accurately, and offers field-specific expertise for more experienced photographers.

The Backyard Birdsong Guide

  • Filename: the-backyard-birdsong-guide.
  • ISBN: 0811863972
  • Release Date: 2008-04-23
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Donald Kroodsma
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books

Get to know birds by ear with this engaging, one-of-a-kind book. Discover seventy-five unique species from Western North America as you enjoy their sounds at the touch of a button-reproduced in high quality on the attached digital audio module-while reading vivid descriptions of their songs, calls, and related behaviors. Learn how to pick out the wavering songs of a young Bewick's Wren, or find out why many songbirds have dialects that vary from region to region. Complete with up-to-date range maps and more than 130 sounds provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's world-renowned Macaulay Library, as well as exquisite illustrations of each species, The Backyard Birdsong Guide will resonate with beginners and experts alike.

Why Birds Matter

  • Filename: why-birds-matter.
  • ISBN: 9780226382777
  • Release Date: 2016-08-24
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Çagan H. Sekercioglu
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press

For over one hundred years, ornithologists and amateur birders have jointly campaigned for the conservation of bird species, documenting not only birds’ beauty and extraordinary diversity, but also their importance to ecosystems worldwide. But while these avian enthusiasts have noted that birds eat fruit, carrion, and pests; spread seed and fertilizer; and pollinate plants, among other services, they have rarely asked what birds are worth in economic terms. In Why Birds Matter, an international collection of ornithologists, botanists, ecologists, conservation biologists, and environmental economists seeks to quantify avian ecosystem services—the myriad benefits that birds provide to humans. The first book to approach ecosystem services from an ornithological perspective, Why Birds Matter asks what economic value we can ascribe to those services, if any, and how this value should inform conservation. Chapters explore the role of birds in such important ecological dynamics as scavenging, nutrient cycling, food chains, and plant-animal interactions—all seen through the lens of human well-being—to show that quantifying avian ecosystem services is crucial when formulating contemporary conservation strategies. Both elucidating challenges and providing examples of specific ecosystem valuations and guidance for calculation, the contributors propose that in order to advance avian conservation, we need to appeal not only to hearts and minds, but also to wallets.

Bird Ecology and Conservation

  • Filename: bird-ecology-and-conservation.
  • ISBN: 0198520867
  • Release Date: 2004-06-17
  • Number of pages: 386
  • Author: William J. Sutherland
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

Outlining the main methods and techniques available to ornithologists, this book brings together in one authoritative source contributions containing information on avian ecology and conservation.

Birder s Handbook

  • Filename: birder-s-handbook.
  • ISBN: 9780671659899
  • Release Date: 1988
  • Number of pages: 785
  • Author: Paul Ehrlich
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Identifies North American birds

Weather and Bird Behaviour

  • Filename: weather-and-bird-behaviour.
  • ISBN: 9781408128220
  • Release Date: 2010-01-29
  • Number of pages: 276
  • Author: Norman Elkins
  • Publisher: A&C Black

This classic Poyser title, now in its third revised edition, discusses in depth the various ways in which weather conditions influence bird behaviour. Weather conditions affect food and water availability, decisions about when and how to migrate, timing and success of reproduction, flight style, and physical comfort. Birds display many adaptations in form and behaviour that help them to cope with changing weather conditions, and this fascinating book uses a great variety of examples to explore the subject in depth. The text is enhanced throughout with evocative line drawings, there are many useful tables and figures, and there is also an 8pp colour photograph section.

International Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change

  • Filename: international-handbook-of-research-on-conceptual-change.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105131792595
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 740
  • Author: Stella Vosniadou
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Conceptual change research investigates the processes through which learners substantially revise prior knowledge and acquire new concepts. Tracing its heritage to paradigms and paradigm shifts made famous by Thomas Kuhn, conceptual change research focuses on understanding and explaining learning of the most the most difficult and counter-intuitive concepts. Now in its second edition, the International Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change provides a comprehensive review of the conceptual change movement and of the impressive research it has spawned on students' difficulties in learning. In thirty-one new and updated chapters, organized thematically and introduced by Stella Vosniadou, this volume brings together detailed discussions of key theoretical and methodological issues, the roots of conceptual change research, and mechanisms of conceptual change and learner characteristics. Combined with chapters that describe conceptual change research in the fields of physics, astronomy, biology, medicine and health, and history, this handbook presents writings on interdisciplinary topics written for researchers and students across fields.

The Sensory Ecology of Birds

  • Filename: the-sensory-ecology-of-birds.
  • ISBN: 0199694540
  • Release Date: 2017-02-09
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Graham Martin
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Birds are renowned for their exceptional vision and the way that this enables them to survive and navigate the world in such a unique way. However, it is now recognised that avian behaviour is guided by information drawn from many different senses which are then used in integrated and complementary ways to answer the many different sensory challenges posed by specific environments and particular tasks. Understanding how sensory information is used by birds has important applications in conservation, such as providing vital insights into why birds are prone to collisions with structures like power lines and wind turbines, and why so many diving birds become entrapped in nets. A sensory ecology approach suggests how these problems can be mitigated. The Sensory Ecology of Birds ranges widely across species, environments, and behaviours to present a synthesis that challenges previous assumptions about the information that controls the behaviour of birds. A bird may use a wide range and combination of sensory information that comes from sight, hearing, smell, mechanoreception, taste, and magnetoreception. It may also include specific refinements of senses, such as echolocation and remote touch from the bill. The book recognises that there are many complex and subtle trade-offs and complementarities of information between different types of sensory information. This accessible text will be of interest to a wide ornithological readership, from undergraduates to researchers as well as a broader audience of behavioural ecologists and evolutionary biologists.

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