Current Ornithology

  • Richard F. Johnston

Part of the Current Ornithology book series (CUOR, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jeremy M. V. Rayner
    Pages 1-66
  3. Wolfgang Wiltschko, Roswitha Wiltschko
    Pages 67-121
  4. Sergei P. Kharitonov, Douglas Siegel-Causey
    Pages 223-272
  5. Gerald F. Shields, Kathleen M. Helm-Bychowski
    Pages 273-295
  6. Carrol L. Henderson
    Pages 297-312
  7. Alan C. Kamil
    Pages 313-346
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 395-420

About this book


Volume 5 of this series continues its coverage of currently active re­ search fields in ornithology. Because an editor can never be a disin­ terested observer of his or her own editorial efforts, any claim for su­ periority of this volume is not without conflict of interest. Even so, Volume 5 has certain merits that even a parent should acknowledge, and I find the current chapters not merely timely and authoritative but compelling in their demand for a reader's attention. Wolfgang and Roswitha Wiltschko provide a perceptive review of magnetic orientation in birds, a piece dedicated to Fritz Merkel, the pioneer in studies of magnetic orientation. Sergei Kharitonov and Doug­ las Siegel-Causey are concerned with the behavioral ecology of seabird coloniality, emphasizing their field experiences in the USSR and the United States. Ted Miller examines the application of studies of bird behavior to comparative biology, pursuing the interface of behavior and evolutionary biology adumbrated by Konrad Lorenz in the 1930s. Jeremy Raynor gives us a summary of the work over the past decade on bird flight, which is not, by turns, as complex or as simple as we had formerly believed. Carrol Henderson describes recent develop­ ments in nongame bird conservation, based on his pioneering work in the State of Minnesota. Alan Kamil discusses optimal experimental design for research in ornithology, a field in which experimental work is frequently difficult to pursue.


biology bird ecology evolution ornithology

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard F. Johnston
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KansasLawrenceUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4615-6789-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-6787-5
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