© 1996

Current Ornithology

  • Val NolanJr.
  • Ellen D. Ketterson

Part of the Current Ornithology book series (CUOR, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Peter Marler
    Pages 1-32
  3. Russell P. Balda, Alan C. Kamil, Peter A. Bednekoff
    Pages 33-66
  4. Margaret E. Brown
    Pages 67-135
  5. John P. Dumbacher, Stephen Pruett-Jones
    Pages 137-174
  6. Tamás Székely, James N. Webb, Alasdair I. Houston, John M. McNamara
    Pages 271-330
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 331-359

About this book


As we assume the editorship of Current Ornithology, it seems useful to review the objectives of the series. We cannot improve on the state­ ments of our predecessors when they began their service as editors. In his preface to Volume 1 (1983), Richard F. Johnston wrote: The appearance of the first volume of a projected series is the occasion for comment on scope, aims, and genesis of the work. The scope of Current Or­ nithology is all of the biology of birds. Ornithology, as a whole-organism sci­ ence, is concerned with birds at every level of biological organization, from the molecular to the community, at least from the Jurassic to the present time, and over every scholarly discipline in which bird biology is done; to say this is merely to expand a dictionary definition of "ornithology. " The aim of the work, to be realized over several volumes, is to present reviews or position statements concerning the active fields of ornithological research. Dennis M. Power, who edited Volumes 6-12 (1989-1995), began his preface to Volume 6 (1989) as follows: This edited series has three principal goals. The first is to provide information in a relatively concise way for researchers needing an overview of specific disciplines. The second is to provide an update on specific schools of thought, bringing together ideas from colleagues whose works often appear in a variety of journals. And the third is to stimul&te and suggest directions for new re­ search.


biology bird desert evolution ornithology predator primates

Editors and affiliations

  • Val NolanJr.
    • 1
  • Ellen D. Ketterson
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Current Ornithology
  • Editors Val Nolan Jr.
    Ellen D. Ketterson
  • Series Title Current Ornithology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-45473-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-7697-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-5881-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 359
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Zoology
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