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The The Ecology of Bird Communities : The Ecology of Bird Communities Foundations and Patterns v. 1 - John A. Wiens

The The Ecology of Bird Communities

The Ecology of Bird Communities Foundations and Patterns v. 1

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Published: 11th May 1992
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These two books represent a synthesis and critical evaluation of studies conducted on bird communities, or sets of bird species that occur together. Drawing from studies conducted throughout the world, they review in detail what is known about the patterns of organization of such communities and the factors, such as competition, predation, past history, climate, habitat or disturbance that may determine these patterns. In Volume 1, the author considers why the avian community ecologists ask the questions they do, and how they have proceeded to answer them. The questions have generally involved both "what" (pattern) and "why" (process) components. Most of the volume is devoted to a critical evaluation of the patterns of bird communities. In Volume 2, the author considers how community organization patterns have been explained in terms of causal processes, how the operation of those processes has been determined, and how the patterns and our efforts to discern and understand them are influenced by the complexity and variability of natural environments.

"...a critical and careful review of the evidence for the main ideas and a fair analysis of the more contentious issues." Nature "...will be the singly most-cited reference in the ecological and ornithological literature through the end of the century." Wildlife Review "These are lively and multifaceted volumes. Their quality and breadth of information guarantees that they will be a standard source and guide to avian ecologists in the years ahead." Ecology

Preface
Acknowledgements
The development of avian community ecology
Determining pattern and process: the logical structure of community ecology
The importance of methodology
The assembly of communities
Numbers of species and their abundances
Niche theory and guilds
Ecomorphological patterns of communities
Distributional patterns of species
Habitat distributions of species
Resources and their use
Density compensation and niche shifts
Convergence of species and communities
Bioenergetic approaches to communities
A re-examination of the recent history of avian community ecology
References
Author index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521426343
ISBN-10: 0521426340
Series: Cambridge Studies in Ecology : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 11th May 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.8