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Avian energetics and nutritional ecology


Chris Merkord
  • Carey, Cynthia Springer-Verlag 2012 http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/animal+sciences/book/978-0-412-03701-6

    xiv, 543 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

    English 07/01/2012 9780412037016 No value 1461380464 9781461380467 No value 9781461304258

This volume analyzes the extremely energetic lifestyle of birds. Birds invest a large amount of energy flying, migrating, in parental care, and in reproducing. Leading researchers describe energy use by birds, and each chapter discusses the ecological implication of the topic and as far as possible describes the molecular and cellular mechanism behind each adaptation. Included are chapters on nutrition, digestion and feeding, metabolism, thermoregulation, hypometabolism, starvation, flight, moulting, foraging, migratory fattening, reproduction, incubation, embryonic development, post-natal growth, and populational energetics.

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