Bicudo, J. Eduardo al, editors.

Birds have colonized almost every terrestrial habitat on the planet from the poles to the tropics. This book focuses on our current understanding of the unique physiological characteristics of birds that are of particular interest to ornithologists, but also have a wider biological relevance. An introductory chapter covers the avian body plan and their enigmatic evolutionary history. The focus then shifts to a consideration of the essential components of their ability to fly. The emphasis here is on feather evolution and development, flight energetics and aerodynamics, migration, and as a counterpoint, the curious secondary evolution of flightlessness that has occurred in several lineages. This sets the stage for subsequent chapters, which present specific physiological topics within a strongly ecological and environmental framework. Also available in hardcover [stock id 31674].

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Oxford University Press, 2010.  Octavo, paperback, black and white photographs, line drawings.

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Weight 570 g