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The Sensory Ecology of Birds

Author: Graham Martin
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Series: Oxford avian biology series, v. 3.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This is the first integrated synthesis of avian sensory ecology, explaining the broad principles and taking the reader into the sensory world of birds from an evolutionary and ecological perspective.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Martin, Graham R.
Sensory Ecology of Birds.
Oxford : OUP Oxford, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Graham Martin
ISBN: 9780192520548 0192520547 9780191839979 0191839973
OCLC Number: 982011075
Notes: 6.3 Visual Sensitivity in Context: In and Out of the Woods.
Description: 1 online resource (312 pages).
Contents: Cover; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; 1 Birds' Eye Views; 1.1 Metaphor and Reality; 1.2 Many Birds, Many Views; 1.3 The Tuning of Senses; 1.4 Epicurus, Sextus, and the Sceptics; 1.5 Sensory Ecology; 2 Vision; 2.1 The Emergence of Vision; 2.2 What Eyes Do; 2.3 Optimal Eyes; 2.4 A Fundamental Trade-off in Vision; 2.5 The Primacy of Vision in Birds; 2.6 Sources of Variation in Camera Eyes; 2.6.1 The Basic Functional Components; 2.6.2 Optical Systems of Camera Eyes; 2.6.3 The Image-analysing System; Colour vision and sensitivity in the spectrum; Photoreceptors and visual pigments. 2.7 Variation of Image Analysis2.7.1 Variations in the Distributions of Receptors in a Single Eye; 2.8 Variation of Optical Structure; 2.9 Variation of Visual Fields; 2.10 Comparing Doves and Shearwaters: An Example of the Visual Ecology of Optical and Retinal Structures; 2.11 Measures of Spatial Resolution; 2.11.1 Acuity; 2.11.2 Contrast Sensitivity; 2.12 Conclusion: Vision in Birds; 3 Hearing and Olfaction; 3.1 Hearing; 3.1.1 The Sound Stimulus; 3.1.2 The Hearing System of Birds; 3.1.3 Hearing Sensitivity; 3.1.4 Locating Sounds; Determination of sound direction. Determination of sound distance (sound ranging)3.1.5 Echolocation (active SONAR); 3.1.6 Conclusion: Hearing in Birds; 3.2 Olfaction; 3.2.1 Organization of the Olfactory Systems of Birds; 3.2.2 The Importance of Olfaction and Olfactory Bulb Size; 3.2.3 Olfactory Information and Foraging for Specific Items; 3.2.4 Detection of Foraging Locations using Olfaction; 3.2.5 Body Odours and Semiochemicals; Odour-based recognition of species; Odour-based recognition of individuals; Odour-based recognition of individual quality and mate choice; 3.2.6 Odours and Nests; 3.2.7 Conclusion: Smell in Birds. 4 Touch, Taste, and Magnetoreception4.1 Touch or Somatic Sensitivity; 4.1.1 Somatic Sensitivities; Mechanoreception; Herbst corpuscles; Grandry corpuscles; Thermo-sensitive receptors; Cutaneous nociceptors; 4.1.2 Bill Tip Organs; Bill tip organs in waterfowl; Bill tip organs in parrots; Bill tip organs in shorebirds, kiwi, and ibises; 4.1.3 Conclusion: Somatic Sensitivity in Birds; 4.2 Taste; 4.2.1 Taste Buds; 4.2.2 Taste Genes and Taste Receptors; 4.2.3 Relative Numbers of Taste Receptors; 4.2.4 Taste Categories in Birds; Sweet; Umami; Bitter; Calcium; Salt; Sour; Fat. 4.2.5 Taste and Foraging in Shorebirds4.2.6 Conclusion: Taste in Birds; 4.3 Magnetoreception; 4.3.1 Animals that Detect the Geomagnetic Field; 4.3.2 Magnetic Compass Mechanisms; 4.3.3 Detection of the Geomagnetic Field; The magnetite model of magnetic field detection; The radical pair model; 4.4 Conclusion: Magnetoreception in Birds; 5 From Senses to Sensory Ecology; 5.1 Making Sense of the Diversity of Bird Senses; 6 Birds in the Dark: Complementary and Partial Information; 6.1 The Problem of Night-time; 6.2 Absolute Visual Sensitivity and the Challenges of the Nocturnal Environment.
Series Title: Oxford avian biology series, v. 3.
Responsibility: Graham R. Martin.

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