Bird Migration

Physiology and Ecophysiology

Editors: Gwinner, Eberhard (Ed.)

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E. GWINNER! The phenomenon of bird migration with its large scale dimensions has attracted the attention of naturalists for centuries. Worldwide billions of birds leave their breeding grounds every autumn to migrate to areas with seasonally more favor­ able conditions. Many of these migrants travel only over a few hundred kilo­ meters but others cover distances equivalent to the circumference of the earth. Among these long-distance migrants are several billion birds that invade Africa every autumn from their West and Central Palaearctic breeding areas. In the Americas and in Asia the scope of bird migration is of a similar magnitude. Just as impressive as the numbers of birds are their achievements. They have to cope with the enormous energetic costs of long-distance flying. particularly while crossing oceans and deserts that do not allow replenishment of depleted fat reserves. They have to appropriately time the onset and end of migrations. both on a daily and annual basis. And finally. they have to orient their migratory movements in space to reach their species- or population-specific wintering and breeding grounds, irrespective of the variable climatic conditions along their migratory routes.

Table of contents (27 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gwinner, E.

    Pages 1-4

  • The Orientation of Transoceanic Migrants

    Williams, T. C. (et al.)

    Pages 7-21

  • Bird Migration in the Arctic: A Review

    Johnson, S. R. (et al.)

    Pages 22-43

  • Palaearctic Passerine Migrants in Kenya and Uganda: Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Their Movements

    Pearson, D. J.

    Pages 44-59

  • Migration Across the Alps

    Bruderer, B. (et al.)

    Pages 60-77

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bird Migration
Book Subtitle
Physiology and Ecophysiology
Editors
  • Eberhard Gwinner
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-74542-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-74542-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-74544-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 435
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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