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Stray feathers: reflections on the structure, behaviour and evolution of birds.Artist/Author: Olsen, Penny and Leo Joseph.
Details some of the remarkable adaptations of Australian birds. A brief introduction describes how evolution shapes form and function, followed by a series of vignettes illustrating the wondrous variety of forms and functions shaped by evolution. For example, did you know that Barn owls can hunt in absolute darkness and that cuckoos commence incubation before their egg is laid? Sections include anatomy and physiology; the senses; giving voice; tongues talking; plumage; getting around; finding and handling food; optimising foraging and feeding; reducing competition; using tools’; communicating; quality vs quantity; courtship; nests; parental care; chicks; and living together. The book is superbly illustrated with black and white drawings of a range of birds.
Avian Invasions: The Ecology and Evolution of Exotic BirdsArtist/Author: Blackburn, Tim M., Julie L. Lockwood and Phillip Cassey.
Biological invaders represent one of the primary threats to the maintenance of global biodiversity, human health, and the success of human economic enterprises. The continuing globalization of our society ensures that the need to understand the process of biological invasion will only increase in the future. There is also a growing recognition that the study of biological invaders provides a unique insight into basic questions in ecology and evolution. The study of exotic birds has had a particularly long history and has come to represent a fascinating intersection between the study of biological invasions, avian conservation biology, and basic principles of ecology and evolution. This book summarizes and synthesizes bird invasions and unravels the insights that the study of exotic birds brings to all three of these research strands. It includes chapters on the well-known contributions of exotic bird study to ecological science, and on the post-establishment evolution of introduced bird populations. The result is the most comprehensive picture yet of the invasion process.
Speciation and geographic variation in Black-tailed Gnatcatchers.Artist/Author: Atwood, Jonathan L.
American Ornithologists’ Union Monograph number 42.
Phylogeny and classification of birds: a study in molecular evolution.Artist/Author: Sibley, Charles G. and Jon E. Ahlquist.
“This is by far the most important recent publication on avian classification A monumental work, superbly organized and presented.” D. W. Snow, Biologist.