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Pelicans, cormorants and their relatives : Pelecanidae, Sulidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Anhingidae, Fregatidae, Phaethontidae

Author: Bryan Nelson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Series: Bird families of the world, 17.
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"The pelecaniformes are a large and important group of seabirds, containing many spectacular species. This book addresses the breeding biology of the six pelecaniform families, which comprise the closely - related core groups (pelicans, cormorants/shags, darters, gannets/boobies) and their more distant relatives, the frigatebirds and tropicbirds. Many fundamental questions can be addressed through the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bryan Nelson
ISBN: 0198577273 9780198577270
OCLC Number: 52696422
Description: ix, 661 p., [24] p. of plates: ill. (some col.), maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: Pt. I. General chapters --
1. Relationships --
2. Behaviour --
3. Breading ecology --
4. Pelicaniforms and man --
5. General family accounts --
Pt. II. Species accounts --
Pelicans (pelecanidae) --
Gannets and boobies (sulidae) --
Cormorants and shags (phalacrocoracidae) --
Anhinga and darter (anhingidae) --
Frigatebirds (fregatidae) --
Tropicbirds (phaethontidae).
Series Title: Bird families of the world, 17.
Responsibility: J. Bryan Nelson ; colour illustrations by Andrew MacKay ; line drawings by John Busby.
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The pelecaniformes are seabirds, found all over the world in marine and freshwater environments, encompassing six families and sixty species. They illuminate a variety of important areas of seabird  Read more...

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