Current Ornithology

Current Ornithology

Editors: Nolan Jr., Val, Ketterson, Ellen D. (Eds.)

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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.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Social Cognition

    Marler, Peter

    Pages 1-32

  • Predicting Cognitive Capacity from Natural History

    Balda, Russell P. (et al.)

    Pages 33-66

  • Assessing Body Condition in Birds

    Brown, Margaret E.

    Pages 67-135

  • Avian Chemical Defense

    Dumbacher, John P. (et al.)

    Pages 137-174

  • Past and Current Attempts to Evaluate the Role of Birds as Predators of Insect Pests in Temperate Agriculture

    Kirk, David A. (et al.)

    Pages 175-269

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Current Ornithology
Editors
  • Val Nolan Jr.
  • Ellen D. Ketterson
Series Title
Current Ornithology
Series Volume
13
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Plenum Press, New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-5881-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-5881-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-7697-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 359
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