The Petrels

The Petrels : Their Ecology and Breeding Systems

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The Petrels, or tubenosed birds, include the shearwaters, albatrosses and the storm, diving petrels, and gadfly petrel families. As a group, they enjoy worldwide distribution and often form an important component of the marine communities of which they are a part. The long distance migrations and colonial breeding habits of many of the species pose fascinating questions in biology and much can be learned from comparative work on species from different parts of the world. In this book, the author sets out the basics of petrel biology, drawing on both his own research and the range of published literature. The opening chapters summarize the biology of each family before going on to look in detail at comparative aspects of their breeding ecology. A companion volume, in preparation, will look in more detail at behaviour, physiology, population biology and food. This illustrated general introduction to the petrels offers a reference to both the scientific and the lay ornithologist.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 452 pages
  • 178 x 260 x 25mm | 985g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • index, illustrations
  • 0127354204
  • 9780127354200

Table of contents

The order procellariiformes; family diomedeidae - the albatrosses; the fulmars; the gadfly petrels - genera legensa and pterodroma; the blue petrel halobaena and the prions pachyptila; the genus bulweria; the genera calonectris and procellaria; the shearwater genus puffinus; family hydrobatidae - the storm petrels; family pelecanoididae - the diving petrels; breedings biology - introduction; the pre-egg stage; the petrel egg; incubation; the chick stage. Appendices: a checklist of the procellariiformes; protein bands in the electrophoresed blood plasma of procellariiformes.
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