This text describes and illustrates the 22 species of megapodes distributed over Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, The Philippines and some southwest Pacific islands. These birds are known for incubating their eggs in mounds, burrows, or sand, with the young emerging fully able to care for themselves. Nine chapters on the biology of the whole group are followed by detailed species accounts and colour plates showing adults and chicks. This work is intended for professional and amateur ornithologists, birdwatchers, zoologists, ecologists and members of ornithological societies in all countries.
- Hardback | 282 pages
- 185.42 x 248.92 x 20.32mm | 907.18g
- 01 Dec 1995
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Table of contents
List of colour plates. Abbreviations. Plan of the book. Anatomical diagrams. Part I: General Chapters. 1: Introduction to the megapodes. 2: Taxonomy and relationships. 3: Distribution, biogeography, and speciation. 4: General biology and behaviour. 5: Megapode incubation sites. 6: Ecophysiology and adaptations. 7: Reproductive behaviour and mating systems. 8: Evolution of megapode incubation strategies. 8: Conservation. Part II: Species Accounts. Bibliography. Index
"The 22 species of megapodes are distributed in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Nicobar Islands (India) and on some southwest Pacific islands. This monograph is the first about them in over 100 years. It discussed taxonomy and relationships, distribution, biogeography, speciation, general biology and behavior, incubation sites, ecophysiology and adaptations, reproductive behavior and mating systems, evolution of incubation strategies, and conservation. This is essential reading for anyone interested in these fascinating birds. Most highly recommended."--Wildlife Activist"[A] thorough treatment of a fascinating family of birds...should be in the library of anyone interested in Australasian or in the range of adaptation in birds."--The Wilson Bulletin
Darryl N. Jones is Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at Griffith University. Rene W. R. J. Dekker is Curator of Birds at the National Museum of Natural History, Leiden. Cees S. Roselaar has a position with the Institute for Systematics and Population Biology at the University of Amsterdam."