The History of British Birds

Author: Derek Yalden,Umberto Albarella

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199217513

Category: Nature

Page: 263

View: 5680

"This authoritative reference work will be of particular relevance to students and researchers in the fields of archaeology and avian biology, as well as a broader audience of general ornithologists and natural historians."--BOOK JACKET.


Feather Time and the Biology of Birds

Author: Thomas C. Grubb

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199295506

Category: Nature

Page: 176

View: 9803

This book reports and summarizes the findings of several dozen studies that have used ptilochronology (the study of feather time) as a research tool. It provides a practical resource as well as a source of understanding of how the technique can be used to address important questions in avian biology.

Bewick’s British Birds

Author: Thomas Bewick

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 1848584016

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

View: 6530

With Bewick on my knee, I was then happy...' Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte's heroine was not alone in her enjoyment of Thomas Bewick's British Birds - since its first publication in 1797 it has become one of the best-loved classics of natural history. Bewick's masterful woodcuts are more than scientific records; each beady eye and jaunty pose b...

Avian Flight

Author: John J. Videler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199299928

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 1704

Bird flight has always intrigued mankind. This book provides an up to date account of our existing knowledge on the subject, as well as offering new insights and challenging some established views. A brief history of the science of flight introduces the basic physical principles governing aerial locomotion. A treatment of flight-related functional morphology concentrates on the difference in shape of the arm and hand part of the wings, on the structure and function of tails, and on the shape of the body. The anatomy and mechanical properties of feathers receive special attention. Aerodynamic principles used by birds are explained in theory by simply applying Newton's laws, and in practice by showing the direction and velocity of the attached flow around an arm wing cross section and of the leading edge vortex flow above a hand wing. The Archaeopteryx fossils remain crucial in our understanding of the evolution of bird flight despite the recent discovery of a range of well-preserved ancient birds. A novel insight into the interactions between wings and air challenges established theories relating to the origin of bird flight. Take-off, flapping flight, gliding and landing are the basic ingredients of bird flight, and birds use a variety of flight styles from hovering to soaring. Flight muscles consisting of mosaics of specialised fibres are the engines that generate the force required to keep the wings and tail in the gliding configuration and perform work during flapping motion. The energy required to fly can be estimated or measured directly, and a comparison of the empirical results provides insights into the trend in metabolic costs of flight of birds varying in shape and mass from hummingbirds to albatrosses.

Speciation and Biogeography of Birds

Author: Ian Newton

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0080924999

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 656

View: 7218

This book should be of value to anyone interested in bird evolution and taxonomy, biogeography, distributional history, dispersal and migration patterns. It provides an up-to-date synthesis of current knowledge on species formation, and the factors influencing current distribution patterns. It draws heavily on new information on Earth history, including past glacial and other climatic changes, on new developments in molecular biology and palaeontology, and on recent studies of bird distribution and migration patterns, to produce a coherent account of the factors that have influenced bird species diversity and distribution patterns worldwide. Received the Best Bird Book of the Year award for 2004 from British Birds magazine. * Winner of the British Birds/British Trust for Ornithology, Bird Book of the Year 2004! * The first book to deal comprehensively with bird speciation and biogeography * Up-to-date synthesis of new information * Clearly written * No previous book covers the same ground * Many maps and diagrams * Makes difficult and widely scattered information accessible and easily understood * A sound base for future research * Takes full account of recent developments in molecular biology

Essential Ornithology

Author: Graham Scott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019856998X

Category: Nature

Page: 162

View: 4911

A concise but comprehensive introduction to the biology of birds, one of the most widely studied taxonomic groups. The book starts with the controversial question of the dinosaur origins of birds and their subsequent evolution. Development, anatomy, and physiology are then discussed followed by chapters devoted to avian reproduction, ecology, and behaviour. Sections dealing with aspects of bird/human relationships and bird conservation give the book an appliedcontext.

The Oxford History of Britain

Author: Kenneth O. Morgan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192801357

Category: History

Page: 780

View: 1379

The Oxford History of Britain tells the story of Britain and her peoples over two thousand years, from the coming of the Roman legions to the present day. Edited by the distinguished historian Kenneth O. Morgan, this acclaimed history has been updated again for this revised edition.

Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology

Birds, book and business

Author: Henry McGhie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526116022

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 3236

This book explores the life of Henry Dresser (1838-1915), one of the most productive British ornithologists of the mid-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and is largely based on unpublished correspondence and diaries. Dresser travelled widely and spent time in Texas during the American Civil War. He built enormous collections of skins and eggs of birds from Europe, North America and Asia, which formed the basis of over 100 publications, including some of the finest bird books of the late nineteenth century. Dresser was a leading figure in scientific society and in the early bird conservation movement; his correspondence and diaries reveal the inner workings, motivations, personal relationships and rivalries that existed among the leading ornithologists. This book is aimed at anyone interested in birds, history and natural history.

The History of British Mammals

Author: Derek Yalden

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408128713

Category: Science

Page: 311

View: 1157

As ice retreated from Britain 15,000 years ago, a host of large mammals including reindeer, wild horses, wooly mammoths, moose, wolves, brown bears, lynxes and wolverines established itself in Britain. The largest surviving wild land mammal today, the red deer, the largest contemporary land carnivore, the badger and another 65 or so extant wild mammals included about a quarter of the wild mammals that have been introduced in the last 15,000 years. The contemporary fauna, however, is largely dominated by domestic animals, such as cattle, sheep, pigs and humans. This book explores the fate of the large extinct species, as well as how, why, and when the introduced species appeared.

British ornithology

containing portraits of all the British birds including those of foreign origin which have become domesticated; drawn, engr. and coloured after nature with descriptions comp. from the works of the most esteemed naturalists & arr. according to the Linnæan classification

Author: John Hunt

Publisher: N.A


Category: Nature

Page: N.A

View: 6220


Feasting, Fowling and Feathers

A History of the Exploitation of Wild Birds

Author: Michael Shrubb

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408160064

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 7120

he way wild birds have been exploited over the centuries forms the focus of this remarkable new book by Michael Shrubb. It looks at the use of birds as food, for feathers and skins, for eggs, as cage birds, as specimens and for hunting, focusing on Britain, northern Europe and the North Atlantic. Never before has a book brought the huge amount of information on these topics in the academic literature together under one cover. Introductory chapters on what was taken, when, why and its impact are followed by a number of sections looking in detail at important bird groups. Along with discussions of broader themes of exploitation, the book is packed with amazing facts. For example, we learn ? why Grey Herons were so important in medieval falconry ? why the Black Death was good news for bustards ? why Napoleon is to blame for the scarcity of Quail in Britain today ? when tame plover stew was all the rage The book concludes with discussions of the cage bird and plumage trades, both now consigned to the annals of history, in Britain at any rate. As well as summarising and condensing the material into a readable and entertaining account, Shrubb goes back to the original sources. This has allowed him to shed new and surprising light on the biogeography of a number of British birds.


"Birds, Indigenous Peoples, Culture and Society"

Author: Sonia C. Tidemann,Andrew Gosler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113654383X

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 4951

Indigenous knowledge that embraces ornithology takes in whole social dimensions that are inter-linked with environmental ethos, conservation and management for sustainability. In contrast, western approaches have tended to reduce knowledge to elemental and material references. This book looks at the significance of indigenous knowledge of birds and their cultural significance, and how these can assist in framing research methods of western scientists working in related areas. As well as its knowledge base, this book provides practical advice for professionals in conservation and anthropology by demonstrating the relationship between mutual respect, local participation and the building of partnerships for the resolution of joint problems. It identifies techniques that can be transferred to different regions, environments and collections, as well as practices suitable for investigation, adaptation and improvement of knowledge exchange and collection in ornithology. The authors take anthropologists and biologists who have been trained in, and largely continue to practise from, a western reductionist approach, along another path - one that presents ornithological knowledge from alternative perspectives, which can enrich the more common approaches to ecological and other studies as well as plans of management for conservation.

British Tits (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 62)

Author: Christopher Perrins

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007406509

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 6900

In addition to dealing with the general biology and behaviour of the birds, Dr Perrins gives full attention to such things as their social lives, their intelligence and adaptiveness, and their puzzling ability to adjust their population sizes to the future availability of food. This edition is exclusive to