The History of British Birds

Author: Derek Yalden
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199217519
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Nature

"This authoritative reference work will be of particular relevance to students and researchers in the fields of archaeology and avian biology, as well as a broader audience of general ornithologists and natural historians."--BOOK JACKET.

Bewick s British Birds

Author: Thomas Bewick
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
ISBN: 9781848584013
Release Date: 2010-09-30
Genre: Nature

With Bewick on my knee, I was then happy...' Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte's heroine was not alone in her enjoyment of Thomas Bewick's British Birds - since its first publication in 1797 it has become one of the best-loved classics of natural history. Bewick's masterful woodcuts are more than scientific records; each beady eye and jaunty pose b...

Essential Ornithology

Author: Graham Scott
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198569985
Release Date: 2010-06-03
Genre: Nature

A concise but comprehensive introduction to the biology of birds, one of the most widely studied taxonomic groups. The book starts with the controversial question of the dinosaur origins of birds and their subsequent evolution. Development, anatomy, and physiology are then discussed followed by chapters devoted to avian reproduction, ecology, and behaviour. Sections dealing with aspects of bird/human relationships and bird conservation give the book an appliedcontext.

Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology

Author: Henry A. McGhie
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9781784994136
Release Date: 2017

This book explores the life of Henry Dresser (1838-1915), one of the most productive British ornithologists of the mid-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and is largely based on unpublished correspondence and diaries. Dresser travelled widely and spent time in Texas during theAmerican Civil War. He built enormous collections of skins and eggs of birds from Europe, North America and Asia, which formed the basis of over 100 publications, including some of the finest bird books of the late nineteenth century. Dresser was a leading figure in scientific society and in theearly bird conservation movement; his correspondence and diaries reveal the inner workings, motivations, personal relationships and rivalries that existed among the leading ornithologists. This book is aimed at anyone interested in birds, history and natural history. It is also intended as a text-book for courses relating to history, history of science and museum studies.

Avian Flight

Author: John J. Videler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199299927
Release Date: 2006-08-10
Genre: Science

Bird flight has always intrigued mankind. This book provides an up to date account of our existing knowledge on the subject, as well as offering new insights and challenging some established views. A brief history of the science of flight introduces the basic physical principles governing aerial locomotion. A treatment of flight-related functional morphology concentrates on the difference in shape of the arm and hand part of the wings, on the structure and function of tails, and on the shape of the body. The anatomy and mechanical properties of feathers receive special attention. Aerodynamic principles used by birds are explained in theory by simply applying Newton's laws, and in practice by showing the direction and velocity of the attached flow around an arm wing cross section and of the leading edge vortex flow above a hand wing. The Archaeopteryx fossils remain crucial in our understanding of the evolution of bird flight despite the recent discovery of a range of well-preserved ancient birds. A novel insight into the interactions between wings and air challenges established theories relating to the origin of bird flight. Take-off, flapping flight, gliding and landing are the basic ingredients of bird flight, and birds use a variety of flight styles from hovering to soaring. Flight muscles consisting of mosaics of specialised fibres are the engines that generate the force required to keep the wings and tail in the gliding configuration and perform work during flapping motion. The energy required to fly can be estimated or measured directly, and a comparison of the empirical results provides insights into the trend in metabolic costs of flight of birds varying in shape and mass from hummingbirds to albatrosses.


Author: Thomas C. Grubb
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780199295500
Release Date: 2006-06-29
Genre: Nature

This book reports and summarizes the findings of several dozen studies that have used ptilochronology (the study of feather time) as a research tool. It provides a practical resource as well as a source of understanding of how the technique can be used to address important questions in avian biology.