Current Ornithology

Current Ornithology

Editors: Power, D.M. (Ed.)

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In this volume I include chapters on continental population trends, orni­ thology's contribution to the habitat concept, social organization outside the breeding season, the role of predation in limiting numbers, and the evolution of prolonged incubation periods. Authors are based in Belgium, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Is there evidence for wholesale population declines in North Ameri­ can birds? Robert Askins says yes, with qualifications. Fragmentation of forest causes the population of many forest-interior species to decline, and loss of winter forest habitat in Mexico, Central America, and the Greater Antilles is potentially serious. Trends over the past 25 years are, however, difficult to discern. Grassland and shrubland specialists have likewise diminished over the past quarter century. Askins calls for management of regional landscapes to maintain habitat diversity. As for habitats, William Block and Leonard Brennan review the role of ornithology in developing the concept of "habitat." Their intention is to stimulate ornithologists to consider habitat as a unifying concept in con­ temporary ecology. They describe uses of the habitat concept in basic and experimental ecology. Recent advances in sociobiology stimulated deeper interest in social organization. Erik Matthysen has gathered a diversity of information on social organization outside the breeding season, both in migratory and in nonbreeding resident birds. He discusses populations that continue indi­ vidual associations outside the breeding season and site-related aggression (territoriality), and reviews a number of long-term benefits of these behaviors.

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`The quality of these chapters, as usual, is quite high....As in past volumes, this book provides a tremendous service to both new students and more experienced researchers....They provide new viewpoints, corrections of misconceptions, and a means of checking what we think we already know.'
The Wilson Bulletin, March 1995

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Population Trends in Grassland, Shrubland, and Forest Birds in Eastern North America

    Askins, Robert A.

    Pages 1-34

  • The Habitat Concept in Ornithology

    Block, William M. (et al.)

    Pages 35-91

  • Nonbreeding Social Organization in Migratory and Resident Birds

    Matthysen, Erik

    Pages 93-141

  • Predation and Limitation of Bird Numbers

    Newton, I.

    Pages 143-198

  • Sibling Competition, Hatching Asynchrony, Incubation Period, and Lifespan in Altricial Birds

    Ricklefs, Robert E.

    Pages 199-276

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Current Ornithology
Editors
  • D.M. Power
Series Title
Current Ornithology
Series Volume
11
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-9912-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-9912-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-44550-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-9914-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 292
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