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Bird Coloration, Volume 1: Mechanisms and Measurements

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ISBN-13: 978-0674018938
ISBN-10: 0674018931
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Together, these two volumes present an outstanding collection of contributions, written by leaders in the field and offering a modern, state-of-the-art review of our understanding of bird coloration--including the mechanisms, function, and evolution underlying the variation we see today. (Michael S. Webster, Washington State University)

The aim of Bird Coloration is to provide a flavour of the extent to which birds have exploited the sun's rays...These two volumes also delve deeper into the disparate ways in which bird colours are produced, what purpose they perform, their effect on communities in general, and finally, how they got here in the first place--their evolution...The reference lists alone are priceless...Bird Coloration will appeal to students of, and researchers in, evolution in general, because the devices that cause colour are often considered as phenotypes. Those interested in ecology, animal behaviour and vision studies will benefit, too...And if further incentive is needed to buy these books, just flick through the colour sections. (Andrew R. Parker Times Literary Supplement 2006-07-28)

The two volumes of Bird Coloration provide an excellent up-to-date overview of the topic...Bird coloration is a huge topic and anyone organizing an overview should be heartily congratulated. (Andrew T. D. Bennett Nature 2007-01-11)

This anthology of scientific writing in two volumes explains much of what is known about bird coloration and highlights that which we do not know. Subjects like whether the bright coloration of a male Northern Cardinal increases or decreases its chances of being captured by a visual predator like the Cooper’s Hawk are debated...Many of the contributions to this text are scientifically detailed, however, the fascinating subject of bird coloration is presented at a level that the average reader would learn much about this fascinating subject. (Robert Hoopes Wildlife Activist 2007-06-01)

About the Author

Geoffrey E. Hill is Alumni Professor of Biological Sciences, Auburn University.

Kevin J. McGraw is Assistant Professor of Life Sciences, Arizona State University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674018931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674018938
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I teach bird-related classes for Audubon. This is volume 1 of a two volume set, and covers everything I wanted to know about color - origin, transport to the feathers, biochemical modifications in the bird, purpose of color related to feather strength and bird behavior. It's not a book you read cover to cover, but a book you use to answer questions, or develop an understanding about color features. Hill has edited a National Geographic book called "Bird Coloration" which distills some of what's in this larger, more technical volume into more readable format. But to get the real details, references to original work, etc. this volume is great.
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