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The Avian Migrant: The Biology of Bird Migration Hardcover – June 11, 2013

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This book is an important contribution to ongoing debates regarding migration, including the evolution of migration, the conservation of migratory birds, and the effect of migration on the life-history strategies of birds.

(Douglas Stotz, Field Museum of Natural History)

Not surprisingly, John H. Rappole's new book is the most comprehensive treatment of avian migration on the bookshelf, a culmination of his lifetime work. Anyone with an interest in birds will find The Avian Migrant easy to comprehend, and the professional will find the ideas presented forcefully and the coverage of little-known topics especially stimulating. Rappole pulls no punches, and his views are spelled out with uncommon clarity.

(Eugene S. Morton, Hemlock Hill Field Station)

There are many ways toward an understanding of the evolution of seasonal migration in birds. The Avian Migrant represents John H. Rappole's personal trail of intellectual discovery. The book takes us through a year in the life of a typical songbird migrant, signposting and critically evaluating models of explanation along the way. It is an engaging, well-written, and deep dialogue about what makes migrant birds tick.

(Theunis Piersma, University of Groningen)

Over all, then, this is a very well written and produced book that can't fail to stimulate and educate anyone with an interest in bird migration who takes the time to read it.

(BTO News - British Trust for Ornithology 1900-01-00)

readable, inspiring, and stimulating

(Franz Bairlein Science)

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The first book to survey the vast literature on bird migration, including the effects of global warming on behavior and the role of migrants in the spread of disease.

--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231146787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231146784
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tree sparrow on December 5, 2013
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I received this book as a gift and am extremely thankful to have it. Migration is one of the most fascinating aspects of birds, and this author has apparently spent a lifetime researching the subject, so the depth and breadth of knowledge shared here is extraordinary. You'll also appreciate the clarity and tone of his writing, something not all scientific writers get right. This is a trustworthy, comprehensive reference that is an absolute pleasure to read. Highly recommend--if you're buying this as a gift for someone and you love birds, too, you should order two, because it will be hard to part with this.
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It is a very scholarly work, not an afternoon read at the beach. However, the range of information and very methodical presentation makes it a must for the library of a serious student of bird biology.
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By Jeffrey Ritterson on March 24, 2014
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Rappole has covers loads of great topics and writes in a way that both explains the concepts and is easy to read.
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