There are more than one-thousand species of threatened birds in the world, while many others are valued for sport and some are serious pests. All these bird populations require management of one kind or another. This volume reviews our current understanding of avian population dynamics and explores ways in which population studies can contribute to effective conservation and management. The earlier chapters review general questions such as
estimation of demographic parameters, the role of mathematical modelling, and the special problems of island populations and seabird populations. The specific chapters are devoted to great tits, snow geese, white storks, puffins, flamingos, grey partridge, red grouse, common terns, herring gulls,
lesser black-backed gulls, ducks, Florida scrub jays, and northern spotted owls. The emphasis throughout is on how bird populations are regulated under various constraints and conditions and on what changes we might expect under varying environmental regimes.
`This fine book is a harvest of current research studies, now published in a series of 29 erudite papers. Each paper ends with a summary.'
`This is a serious book for the expert student of bird biology.' Ulster Newsletter, 19 August 1991
'the publication is well produced ... it makes a useful contribution towards the promotion of population studies as an integral part of bird conservation and management'
World Birdwatch (13 No.3, Sept 1991)
'This well-produced and well-edited book provides an admirable overview of the state of play in bird population studies. The many excellent, and often rigorously experimental, studies of local breeding numbers are well represented. The book ... sets a high scientific standard that will interest professional and keen amateur ornithologists.'
J.D. Goss-Custard, IBIS, Vol. 134, 1992
'Bird Population Studies will become a major reference for avian population biologists. Its editors have assembled an outstanding collection of 30 chapters ... The chapters individually exhibit a uniformly high quality of presentation and together portray comprehensively the state of avian demography.'
Robert E. Ricklefs, University of Pennsylvania, TREE, vol. 7, no. 4, April 1992
'Bird population studies is a superb piece of work ... students embarking on research into bird populations and dynamics will find this book invaluable as a consequence of the hundreds of relevant references contained within.'
Graham J. Holloway, Dutch Birding, Volume 14, No. 1, 1992
'impressive volume ... a welcome attempt to synthesise the state of the art with regards to studies of avian demography and the application of such studies to management problems, particularly in relation to conservation ... the book is well structured and nicely produced with numerous explanatory figures and tables. It should ideally, grace the shelves of all ornithologists concerned with conservation management ... certain to be widely consulted.'
Kate Thompson, Scottish Bird News, September 1992 No. 27
'The book is suitably illustrated with diagrams, and contains hardly any mathematical formulae. It is readable and will be a useful reference ... to any serious student of field ornithology.'
Jiro Kikkawa, Centre for Conservation Biology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
`Multi-author volume, whose subtitle ("relevance to conservation and management") is symptomatic of present needs. No single author could today satisfactorily digest and present such a diversity of studies by so many people in many different countries.'Journal of Ornithology
Ian Newton: Population limitation in birds of prey: a comparative approach; Ian Rowley & Eleanor Russell: Demography of Passerines in the temperate Southern Hemisphere; Jacques Blondel: Birds in biological isolates; J. Clobert & J-D. Lebreton: Estimation of demographic parameters in bird populations; J-D. Lebreton & J. Clobert: Bird population dynamics, management, and conservation; R.H. McCleery & C.M. Perrins: The effects of
predation on the numbers of Great Tits Parus major; James N.M. Smith, Peter Arcese, & Wesley Hochachka: Social behaviour and population regulation in insular bird populations; Fred Cooke & E.G. Gooch: Demographic changes in a snow goose population; C.M. Perrins: Constraints on the demographic parameters of bird populations; Franz
Bairlein: Population studies of White Storks Ciconia ciconia in Europe; M.P. Harris & S. Wanless: Population studies and conservation of Puffins Fratercula arctica; A.R. Johnson, R.E. Green, & G.J.M. Hirons: Survival rates of greater flamingoes in the West Mediterranean region; J.P. Croxall & P. Rothery: Population regulation of seabirds; Pierre Jouventin & Henri Weimerskirch: Changes in seabird population sizes in French Antarctic territories; Carlos Bernstein,
John R. Krebs, & Alex Kacelnik: Distribution of birds amongst habitats; P.R. Evans: Seasonal and annual patterns of mortality in migratory shorebirds; M. Owen & J.M. Black: The importance of migration mortality in non-passerine birds; G.R. Potts & N.J. Aebischer: Modelling the population dynamics of the Grey Partridge; A.P. Dobson
& Robert M. May: Parasites, cuckoos, and avian population dynamics; Peter J. Hudson & A.P. Dobson: Control of parasites in natural populations; Peter H. Becker: Population and contamination studies in coastal birds; Chris J. Feare: Control of bird pest populations; J.C. Coulson: The population dynamics of Herring Gulls and Lesser black-backed Gulls; James D. Nichols: Responses of North American duck populations to exploitation; Hugh Boyd: Science and craft in waterfowl
management in North America; Glen Woolfenden & John W. Fitzpatrick: Florida Scrub Jay ecology and conservation; Russell Lande: Population dynamics and extinction in heterogenous environments; M.R.W. Rands: Conserving threatened birds; R.E. Green & G.J.M. Hirons: The relevance of population studies to the conservation of
threatened birds; Ian Newton: Concluding remarks; Index.