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The Zebra Finch : A Synthesis of Field and Laboratory Studies

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The Australian Zebra Finch is widely used by researchers and teachers in many scientific disciplines where it is the preferred subject for investigations ranging from anatomy and physiology to behavioural development and evolutionary ecology. This monograph is the first to synthesize the information on this colourful species that has accumulated during the past thirty years. It summarizes and integrates much of the laboratory work and places it in the context of
the biology of the animals in the wild, with an emphasis on behaviour and ecology. This leads to a detailed understanding of Zebra Finch adaptations and life history that will further enhance the value of the species for researchers and students in behaviour, ecology, and other fields. Aviculturists
who keep these attractive birds will also find much of interest in this book.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 162 x 242 x 25mm | 712g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftones, line figures, tables
  • 0198540795
  • 9780198540793
  • 1,608,215

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The Australian Zebra Finch is widely used by researchers and teachers in many scientific disciplines where it is the preferred subject for investigations ranging from anatomy and physiology to behavioural development and evolutionary ecology. This monograph is the first to synthesize the information on this colourful species that has accumulated during the past thirty years. It summarizes and integrates much of the laboratory work and places it in the context of the biology of the animals in the wild, with an emphasis on behaviour and ecology. This leads to a detailed understanding of Zebra Finch adaptations and life history that will further enhance the value of the species for researchers and students in behaviour, ecology, and other fields. Aviculturists who keep these attractive birds will also find much of interest in this book.
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Table of contents

1. Systematics and phylogeny ; 2. Distribution and habitat ; 3. Morphology, domestication, and moult ; 4. Feeding ecology ; 5. Drinking, water relations, and temperature regulation ; 6. Coloniality and breeding ecology ; 7. Breeding periodicity ; 8. Populations ; 9. Social and reproductive behaviour ; 10. Vocalizations ; 11. Song ; 12. Sexual selection and mate choice ; 13. Life history and adaptations ; Appendices ; References ; Index
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This volume presents a comprehensive review of the behaviour and ecology of the zebra finch. * Biological Abstracts, vol.49, issue 8, August 1997 * The text is large and readable. Each chapter is thoughtfully written and meticulously researched ... an essential reference for both the researcher and enthusiast alike. This book is sure to have popular appeal. As one who studies Zebra Finches, I will not be attempting any future research without first consulting this vital laboratory and field companion. * Jim Reynolds, IBIS, 1997 *
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