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Ornithology [Hardcover]

Frank B. Gill
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October 6, 2006 0716749831 978-0716749837 Third Edition
Ornithology is the classic text for the undergraduate ornithology course, long admired for its evolutionary approach to bird science. The new edition maintains the scope and expertise that made the book so popular while incorporating the latest research and updating the exquisite program of drawings.

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About the Author

FRANK B. GILL, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; Third Edition edition (October 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716749831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716749837
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bird Biology at its Best! July 20, 2001
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I searched for a textbook on ornithology that I could use in association with the Bird Biology Home Study Course that I was planning to take through Cornell University. I found the textbook at The information in this textbook is absolutely wonderful! Frank Gill presents an "encyclopedia" of information in an easy-to-read, comprehensible format. Anyone interested in the serious study of bird biology will want to add this textbook to his or her bookshelf. Within the next few months, I will reread this textbook again. How many textbook readers can honestly state that they would reread any textbook in its entirety? Every chapter intrigued and delighted me. I will be actively searching for more books by Frank Gill, based upon the presentation of materials in Ornithology, 2nd edition.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down.... May 30, 2001
This superb book was such fun to read and it is packed full of interesting and thought-provoking information. Space prohibits a chapter-by-chapter review so I will list the things in the book that I found very interesting: 1. The plumage color patterns of dawny young shorebirds. 2. DNA hybridization experiments and evolutionary tree of herons. 3. Geese flying in formation to save energy. 4. The use of thermals by a gliding vulture to counteract sinking. 5. The unique landing abilities of birds: rotation of center of mass upward to stall directly over the landing site. 6. Vortex creation by beating wings of pigeons and kestrels. 7. Respiratory abilities of birds. 8. High metabolic rates of frizzled chickens. 9. Discussion on avian intelligence. 10. The detection of natural magnetic fields using rhodopsin. 11. Use of echolocation for navigation; asymmetry of ear placement in the owl to pinpoint sound source. 12. The avian taste for chili peppers. 13. Birds having two independent voices. 14. Individual spacing behavior while perching. 15. The nests of swallows reflecting their evolutionary history. 16. Insurance egg laying by penguins and boobies.17. The restoration of the peregrines. 18. The illustrations of the birds of the world in the appendix. 19. The enormous bibliography. This is definitely a book to be read by students and those interested in ornithology. An incredible book.......
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Reference Text July 6, 2000
Gill's book provides an indepth coverage of many topics important to the field of Ornithology. The illustrations clearly reinforce material in the text. I especially like the introductory paragraphs at the start of each chapter, they really set a nice tone for the material to follow. If you are looking for a good introductory or refernce text to enhance your ornithological knowledge, consider Gill's text.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ornithology MUST HAVE text! June 5, 2007
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Wow! I was knocked out when I received this book. I was afraid it would be far too technichal, and geared exclusively for biologists and zoologists. It is actually written for undergraduate level students interested in bird behavior and physiology. I highly recommend this book, but beware! This is not some light reading! It's a very serious text, but very readable and well illustrated. Love it!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, but expensive February 17, 2003
By Shai
The book is without doubt the best ornithology textbook in existance. While this may be aided by the fact that it is virtually the only one there is out there, it is accurate, comprehensive and user friendly. my main problems are that it is starting to be a little dated, and of course - the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Req'd Text, excellent for reference later on November 17, 2012
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I bought this book for an Ornithology class that I took in college. It was so informative! Well written and easy to understand. It offers scientific viewpoints where other texts may not be so unbiased on certain subjects involved (ie: where they evolved from). I would highly recommend this book for any interested in learning more about birds than a simple birding book can offer. I sold mine back and deeply regret it, looks like I'll have to pay the full price to buy again; which I will because it's definitely worth it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For all Bird Enthusiasts December 21, 2007
By D. Gill
Wow! How our knowledge of birds has increased over the past decade since the last edition! Written with charm and warmth, flows well with loads of details; this book is a must for the shelf of every bird enthusiast whether professional or kitchen feeder watcher. Only complaint: I wish this Edition III had the engaging taxonomy section (at end) of the older editions, updated with all the new revisions in bird relationships hinted at in the previous editions. My copy doesn't have the promised CD of that section. The cover is stunning - out of the gloom of night comes a Barn Owl to pounce the author! - worth the price only. Some color photos of spectacular birds and their actions inside would brighten the inside.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book September 20, 2007
By M K F
It is more "scientific" that Cornel Lab's "Handbook of bird biology". Chapters 16 through 21 are the most iteresting for ecologists and evolutionary biologists. Is is usefull for teaching on higher education level.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Easy read set-up of this book and I am so glad to have bought the updated version. Lots of good information! I feel like I am up to date in the scientific world of birds. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robin Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough detail for students of ornithology
I have been a bit underwhelmed with the level of detail in this book. I am using this book to teach a college-level ornithology course and in my opinion, it often does not give... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought this due to a college class, it was very informative. I'm not going to say it's leisure reading but very detailed.
Published 3 months ago by LL Cool Muffin
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book, not in new condition
They said it was a brand new hard cover. It was a hard cover wrapped in plastic to cover the huge box cutter gash across the whole front cover. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars A text book
I wanted a textbook regarding all facets of birds, their anatomy and behavior, and got it. I would recommend this to the nature enthusiast who wants to go beyond the bird ID guides... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Birder1997
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book was needed for my ornithology class and let me tell you it goes into some very deep detail. If you want to know everything about birds then this is the book for you.
Published 4 months ago by C and S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Perfect for the class I needed, did the job well. Great to be able to save on text books through amazon!
Published 6 months ago by RS
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks some explanations
I found myself wanting more information after I read sections in each chapter as some of the information lacked depth and detail. (I found three typos on one page in chapter 21! Read more
Published 11 months ago by RecycleABook
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful review for my Ornithology course.
This book offered a detailed review in the physiology and anatomy of birds, as well as evolutionary tree for birds. Easy to read with little biological studies background.
Published 12 months ago by Devon
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful and solid introduction to avian biology
As someone with a background in the biological sciences and an interest in birding, I ordered this book to provide a source on avian biology that would serve as a reference in my... Read more
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