Book by Fjelds Jon
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Those who are unfamiliar with grebes tend to think of them as odd ducks, but their strange behaviours reveal them to be fascinating and intriguing birds. Grebes are unusual and unique in many ways: their habit of feather-eating; their method of sunbathing; their special method of underwater propulsion; the unusual structure of their feet; their courtship behaviour; and their floating nests. As the birds are dependent upon shallow wetlands, they are strongly affected and threatened by our use of their habitats, leading to dwindling populations and even extinction of some species. In this new addition to the Bird Families of the World series Jon Fjeldså, a renowned expert on the grebes, provides an overview of the results of all the research that has been done on grebes. Part I contains a brief presentation of the grebe family, constraints of diving, the relationships between grebes and divers, and the morphology of grebes. Part II covers their biogeography, ecological distribution, feeding ecology, behaviour and communication, breeding biology, environmental threats, and conservation. Part III follows with 22 species accounts, including distribution maps. The plates section contains sixteen stunning paintings showing all the grebe species, by Jon Fjeldså. The Grebes, like its companion volumes in the series, will be an indispensable work of reference for ornithologists, whether professional or amateur.Revue de presse :
...it is great that an easily accessible, attractive, near-comprehensive and truly eye-opening book summarizing the biology of grebes has seen the light of day. Fjeldsa's The Grebes can be read as an ornithological or evolutionary wake-up call. ( Theunis Piersma, British Ornithologists' Union)
"I defy anyone to open the book without becoming caught up in these fascinating and thought-provoking images. For me, they are a highlight." ( Angus Wilson, Birdwatch)
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Description du livre Oxford University Press, 2005. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0198500645
Description du livre Oxford University Press, USA, 2005. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0198500645
Description du livre Oxford University Press, 2004. Hardcover. État : New. Oxford Bird Families of the World Series Volume 12. 16 color paintings by the author illuminate this reference work, along with 116 drawings illustrating special features and behavior. Grebes are unusual and fascinating birds, with spectacular courtship behavior and floating nests which enable them to spend their entire lives in water. In Grebes , Fjeldsa provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of their origin and evolution, biology, and how they have adapted to exploit their environment, beautifally illustrated with maps, line figures, and his own stunning full-color paintings. Bird Families of the World is a multivolume series of handbooks, intended to serve the interests of both the professional scientist and the ever-growing body of amateur ornithologists. Each volume provides a comprehensive and accurate synthesis of our knowledge of one bird family or several related families Four general chapters on the biology, feeding ecology, breeding behaviour, evolutionary relationships, and conservation of the birds in the family 16 specially commissioned colour plates by Jon Fjeldsa, showing adults of all species and many juveniles, immatures and subspecies 116 black-and-white drawings illustrating special features and behaviour Descriptions of each species individually, including appearance, weights, and measurements; field characters; voice; habitat and food; breeding behaviour; life cycle; and range and status (with distribution map), providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date species-level information available Full bibliography and index About the Author: Jon Fjeldså is the Professor of Biodiversity at the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on the systematics and biogeography of birds, with special emphasis on the tropical Andes region of South America and eastern Africa. He also teaches tropical ecology. Professor Fjeldsa is an experienced author, with five previous ornithological titles to his name, covering a wide range of topics. N° de réf. du libraire 10854
Description du livre Oxford Univ Pr, 2005. Hardcover. État : Brand New. illustrated edition. 266 pages. 10.00x7.75x1.00 inches. In Stock. N° de réf. du libraire 0198500645