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Biology of Marine Birds

Chris Merkord
  • E. A. Schreiber, Joanna Burger CRC Press 2001 https://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9780849398827

    740 Pages - 60 B/W Illustrations

    English , Penguins (Spheniscidae), Albatrosses (Diomedeidae), Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae), Storm Petrels (Hydrobatidae), Diving Petrels (Pelecanoididae), Tropicbirds (Phaethontidae), Pelicans (Pelecanidae), Frigatebirds (Fregatidae), Gannets, Boobies (Sulidae), Cormorants,Shags (Phalacrocoracidae), Gulls, Terns and Skimmers (Laridae), Skuas (Stercorariidae), Auks (Alcidae), CRC Marine Biology Series 08/16/2001 9780849398827 No value No value

  • Most up-to-date reference on all aspects of seabird biology, behavior, and conservation
  • Extensive reference tables give you easy access to all types of data
  • The appendix lists the life-history characteristics, ranges and habitat of each species
  • References in each chapter provide an excellent guide to literature on the subject
  • Discussion of conservation concerns and pollutants and their effects on seabirds
  • Suitable as a junior to graduate level course book at institutions with a marine science program

Biology of Marine Birds provides the only complete summary of information about marine birds ever published. It both summarizes and analyzes their breeding biology, ecology, taxonomy, evolution, fossil history, physiology, energetics, and conservation. The book covers four orders of marine birds: penguins (Sphenisciformes); albatross, shearwaters, petrels (Procellariiformes); pelicans, boobies, frigatebirds, tropicbirds, cormorants (Pelecaniformes); and gulls, terns, guillemots, auks (Charadriiformes - Families Laridae and Alcidae). Two summary chapters address the biology of shorebirds and wading birds and their lives in the marine environment.


This comprehensive book contains numerous summary tables that give you exhaustive information on various aspects of their life histories, breeding biology, physiology and energetics, and demography. It also discusses research techniques and future research needed, providing a guide to ornithologists and students for research projects.


Written by acknowledged experts in this field, Biology of Marine Birds is the ideal resource. The authors not only present known information, but provide new analyses and insights into marine bird biology. You will find no other book that covers all the major seabird groups and all the major topics with this depth of detail. Whether you are studying, researching, or managing marine environments, you will find yourself reaching for this resource repeatedly.

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