Harvard University Press, Octavo, dustwrapper, colour photographs.
Hill, Geoffrey E. and Kevin J. McGraw, editors.
Examines the function of colouration in a variety of contexts from mate choice, to social signalling, to individual recognition, synthesizing a vast amount of findings by researchers. This illustrated book is useful for biologists studying animal coloration, as well as for those curious about why birds are colourful and how they got that way.
In this companion volume to “Bird Coloration: Volume 1, Mechanisms and Measurements”, Geoffrey E. Hill and Kevin J. McGraw have assembled some of the world’s leading experts in the function and evolution of bird coloration to contribute to a long-overdue synthesis of a burgeoning field of inquiry. In Volume 2, the authors turn from the problem of how birds see and produce colour and how researchers measure it, to what is the function of the colourful displays of birds and what are the factors that shape the evolution of colour signals. The contributors to this volume begin by examining the function of coloration in a variety of contexts from mate choice, to social signalling, to individual recognition, synthesizing a vast amount of recent findings by researchers around the world. The volume and the series conclude with chapters that consider coloration from an explicitly evolutionary perspective, examining selective pressures that have led to the evolution of colours and patterns on body and plumage.
These functional and evolutionary studies build from research on mechanisms of production and controls of expression, covered in the previous volume, bringing the study of colour full circle. This sumptuously illustrated book will be essential reading for biologists studying animal coloration, but it will also be treasured by anyone curious about why birds are colourful and how they got that way. Volume one: mechanisms and measurements see [stock id 24226].