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An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology by Nicholas B. Davies, John R. Krebs

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology The third edition of this successful textbook looks again at the influence of natural selection on behavior an animal s struggle to survive by exploiting resources avoiding predators and maximizing reproductive success In this edition new examples are introduced throughout many illustrated with full color photographs In addition important new topics are added including the latest techniques of comparative analysis the theory and application of DNA fingerprinting techniques extensive new discussion on brood parasite host coevolution the latest ideas on sexual selection in relation to disease resistance and a new section on the intentionality of communication Written in the lucid style for which these two authors are renowned the text is enhanced by boxed sections illustrating important concepts and new marginal notes that guide the reader through the text This book will be essential reading for students taking courses in behavioral ecology .

The leading introductory text from the two most prominent workers in the field .

Second colour in the text .

New section of four colour plates .

Boxed sections to ilustrate difficult and important points .

New larger format with marginal notes to guide the reader through the text .

Selected further reading at the end of each chapte

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No description available, The third edition of this successful textbook looks again at the influence of natural selection on behavior an animal s struggle to survive by exploiting resources avoiding predators and maximizing reproductive success In this edition new examples are introduced throughout many illustrated with full color photographs In addition important new topics are added including the latest techniques of comparative analysis the theory and application of DNA fingerprinting techniques extensive new discussion on brood parasite host coevolution the latest ideas on sexual selection in relation to disease resistance and a new section on the intentionality of communication Written in the lucid style for which these two authors are renowned the text is enhanced by boxed sections illustrating important concepts and new marginal notes that guide the reader through the text This book will be essential reading for students taking courses in behavioral ecology br br The leading introductory text from the two most prominent workers in the field br br Second colour in the text br br New section of four colour plates br br Boxed sections to ilustrate difficult and important points br br New larger format with marginal notes to guide the reader through the text br br Selected further reading at the end of each chapter, Intended for graduate and upper level undergraduate courses in behavioural ecology where students are already familiar with the basic ideas this book continues to define the subject A completely new set of contributions has been brought together once more to take account of the many exciting new developments in the field Each chapter presents a balanced view of the subject integrating a clear exposition of the theory with a critical discussion of how predictions have been tested by experiments and comparative studies In addition the book points to unreconciled issues and possible future developments Edited by two of the most highly regarded experts in the field this new volume contains contributions from an international authorship and continues the tradition of clarity and accessibility established by the three previous editions br br The latest edition of a classic in behavioural ecology br br Divided into three sections Mechanisms and Individual Behaviour From Individual Behaviour to Social Systems and Life Histories Phylogenies and Populations br br Contributions from the world s leading researchers, br In this fascinating new book Nick Davies describes the natural histories of these brood parasites and examines many of the exciting questions they raise about the evolution of cheating and the arms race between parasites and their prey Brood parasites fill their armory with adaptations including exquisite egg mimicry rapid laying ejection of host eggs murder of host young chick mimicry and manipulative begging behavior ploys shown by recent research to have evolved in response to host defense behavior or through competition among the parasites themselves While many host species appear defenseless accepting parasite eggs quite unlike their own many are more discriminating against odd looking eggs and some have evolved the ability to discriminate against odd looking chicks as well How is this arms race conducted Will defenseless hosts develop defenses in time or are there constraints which limit the evolution and perfection of host defenses And why are so few species obliged only to lay eggs in host nests Have host defenses limited the success of brood parasitism or is it in fact much more common than we suspect but occurring mainly when birds parasitize the nest of their own kind All of these puzzles are examined in descriptions of the natural history of each of the groups of parasites in turn br Here is a book with wide appeal both to amateur naturalists fascinated by this most singular and macabre of behaviors and by ornithologists and ecologists interested in the evolution of ecology and behavior The story takes us from the classic field work earlier this century by pioneer ornithologists such as Edgar Chance Stuart Baker Herbert Friedmann and others through to the recent experimental field work and molecular techniques of today s leading scientists We visit brood parasites in Europe Asia Japan Africa Australasia and North and South America to look at some of the worlds most interesting birds and some of biology s most interesting questions many of which still beg answers from ornithologists in the future br Brilliant illustrations by David Quinn illuminate the species discussed showing many behaviors never before illustrated and conveying the thrill of watching these astonishing birds in the wild br