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Cooperative Breeding in Birds : Long Term Studies of Ecology and Behaviour - Peter B. Stacey

Cooperative Breeding in Birds

Long Term Studies of Ecology and Behaviour

By: Peter B. Stacey (Editor), Walter D. Koenig (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 27th April 1990
ISBN: 9780521372985
Number Of Pages: 634

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Stacey and Koenig discuss the phenomenon of cooperative breeding among birds, an unusual kind of social behavior common to only a few hundred species worldwide, in which individuals other than the male-female pairs help to raise the young of a single nest or den. Because certain individuals aid in raising offspring which are not their own, cooperative breeding gives rise to some of the clearest examples of altruism among animals. This unique breeding behavior is of interest to evolutionary biologists and behavioral ecologists since such species exhibit some of the most unusual and bizarre social behavior observed anywhere in the animal kingdom. The studies are all long term and consequently the book summarizes some of the most extensive studies of the behavior of marked individuals ever undertaken. Graduate students and research workers in ornithology, sociobiology, behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology will find much of value in this book.

"I strongly recommend this book to any biologist interested in behavioral ecology, sociality, or ornithology. It provides an excellent review of many of the primary cooperative breeding studies of the last two decades, points the way to future research, and touches on some of the more general problems in behavioral ecology. It would make a good addition to personal as well as to professional libraries." The Auk "...this is much more than a collection. In addition to a thorough index, there is a helpful 9-page introduction and a 20-page summary to synthesize the diverse studies and give a much needed overview of this interesting area of study. Abundant illustrative materials...Highly recommended." Choice "...an excellent summary of what is currently known about cooperative breeding, and offers more information to the reader than a review of the topic with only selected examples given to support specific points. Indeed, with all of the information included, it is a good reference source for general and population breeding of birds, quite aside from any questions concerning cooperative breeding. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in behavioral ecology, population biology, or even just the intricacies of the lives of birds." Kevin McGowan, Journal of Field Ornithology "...this book is a celebration of some of the finest field studies ever undertaken, and a splendid introduction to an important strand of behavioral ecology." Andrew Cockburn, Quarterly Review of Biology

Frontispiece
Contributors
Introduction
Splendid Fairy-wrens: demonstrating the importance of longevity
Green Woodhoopoes: life history traits and sociality
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers: a 'primitive' cooperative breeder
Arabian Babblers: the quest for social status in a cooperative breeder
Hoatzins: cooperative breeding in a folivorous neotropical bird
Campylorhynchus wrens: the ecology of delayed dispersal and cooperation in the Venezuelan savanna
Pinyon Jays: making the best of a bad situation by helping
Florida Scrub Jays: a synopsis after 18 years of study
Mexican Jays: uncooperative breeding
Galßpagos mockingbirds: territorial cooperative breeding in a climatically variable environment
Groove-billed Anis: joint-nesting in a tropical cuckoo
Galßpagos and Harris' Hawks: divergent causes of sociality in two raptors
Pukeko: different approaches and some different answers
Acorn Woodpeckers: group-living and food storage under contrasting ecological conditions
Dunnocks: cooperation and conflict among males and females in a variable mating system
White-fronted Bee-eaters: helping in a colonially nesting species
Pied Kingfishers: ecological causes and reproductive consequences of cooperative breeding
Noisy Miners: variations on the theme of communality
Summary
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521372985
ISBN-10: 0521372984
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 634
Published: 27th April 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.96
Weight (kg): 1.09