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Bird Migration

Chris Merkord
  • Alerstam, Thomas Cambridge University Press 1991 Cambridge United Kingdom http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521448220

    Originally published in Swedish as Fagelflyttning by Bokforlaget Signum in 1982 and © Thomas Alerstam and Bokforlaget Signum 1982


    Translated by David A. Christie.


    First published in English by Cambridge University Press 1990 as Bird Migration.

    First paperback edition 1993

    Reprinted 1994, 1997

    Transferred to digital printing 2004


    420 pages

    English 01/01/1991 0521448220 9780521448222 No value No value

Bird migration is one of the most astonishing feats in the natural world. Millions of birds migrate often very large distances to benefit from seasonal resource surpluses and to avoid predators and competitors. The aim of this book is to give an overview of the whole migration phenomenon. The first of the three main sections presents the life histories and migratory habits of nine different ecological categories of birds. The second section investigates the course and timing of flight journeys, flight behaviour, fuel economy, flocking, and the hazards from disorientation and predation. The final section covers bird navigation.

  • Most comprehensive book on bird migration available
  • New paperback edition will put the price within reach of many more readers
  • Very readable account of the whole migration phenomenon


  1. The journeys of birds and the ideas of man;
  2. The rotating world of migratory birds;
  3. Summer and winter quarters,
    Birds in wetlands,
    Birds which forage on lake and sea bottom,
    Birds which feed on terrestrial plants,
    Birds which feed on fish,
    Birds which obtain food at the water's surface,
    Birds of prey,
    Omnivorous birds,
    The evolution of bird migration;
  4. The migratory journey,
    Methods of studying bird migration,
    Flight speed,
    Migration in flocks,
    Soaring flight,
    Flight altitude,
    Fat as flight fuel,
    Diurnal and nocturnal migration,
    Weather and wind,
    Dangers during the migration;
  5. Orientation and navigation,
    The sensory world of birds,
    Different compasses,
    How do birds find the right migration route?;



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