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Ornithology Hardcover – October 6, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0716749837 ISBN-10: 0716749831 Edition: Third Edition

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Product Details

  • 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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FRANK B. GILL, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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I was knocked out when I received this book.
Plumascounty
This is definitely a book to be read by students and those interested in ornithology.
Dr. Lee D. Carlson
Within the next few months, I will reread this textbook again.
Bob Shepherd

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Bob Shepherd on July 20, 2001
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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 Amazon.com. 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 By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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 By David Argent on July 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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 By Plumascounty on 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 By Shai on February 17, 2003
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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 By Gaia_theoress 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 By D. Gill on December 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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 By M K F on September 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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