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As we assume the editorship of Current Ornithology, it seems useful to review the objectives of the series. We cannot improve on the state ments of our predecessors when they began their service as editors. In his preface to Volume 1 (1983), Richard F. Johnston wrote: The appearance of the first volume of a projected series is the occasion for comment on scope, aims, and genesis of the work. The scope of Current Or nithology is all of the biology of birds. Ornithology, as a whole-organism sci ence, is concerned with birds at every level of biological organization, from the molecular to the community, at least from the Jurassic to the present time, and over every scholarly discipline in which bird biology is done; to say this is merely to expand a dictionary definition of "ornithology. " The aim of the work, to be realized over several volumes, is to present reviews or position statements concerning the active fields of ornithological research. Dennis M. Power, who edited Volumes 6-12 (1989-1995), began his preface to Volume 6 (1989) as follows: This edited series has three principal goals. The first is to provide information in a relatively concise way for researchers needing an overview of specific disciplines. The second is to provide an update on specific schools of thought, bringing together ideas from colleagues whose works often appear in a variety of journals. And the third is to stimul&te and suggest directions for new re search.
Social Cognition: Are Primates Smarter than Birds?; P. Marler. Predicting Cognitive Capacity from Natural History: Examples from Four Corvid Species; R.P. Balda, et al. Assessing Body Condition in Birds; M.E. Brown. Avian Chemical Defense; J.P. Dumbacher, S. Pruett-Jones. Past and Current Attempts to Evaluate the Role of Birds as Predators of Insect Pests in Temperate Agriculture; D.A. Kirk, et al. An Evolutionary Approach to Offspring Desertion in Birds; T. Széleky, et al. Index.