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Disparate house sparrows : their biology from genes to life history

Author: Ted R Anderson
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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Is the House Sparrow a contemporary 'canary in the mine'? Other topics of broad interest include the reproductive and flock-foraging strategies of sparrows, and sexual selection and the function of  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ted R Anderson
ISBN: 019530411X 9780195304114
OCLC Number: 70844337
Description: pages cm
Contents: 1: TAXONOMY AND DISTRIBUTIONThe Genus passerThe Origin of P. DomesticusPasser domesticusDistribution of the House SparrowRange Expansion in the House Sparrow2: EVOLUTION AND GENETICSProfessor Bumpus and His SparrowsNatural Selection in Introduced SparrowsGenetics of the House Sparrow3: ANNUAL CYCLEThe Gonadal CycleCircadian Rhythmicity4: BREEDING BIOLOGY AND REPRODUCTIVE STRATEGYAge at First ReproductionMating SystemTiming of BreedingNest Sites and NestsEgg Laying and Clutch SizeEgg size and CompositionIncubation and HatchingNestling Growth and SurvivalNumber of Broods and Cessation of BreedingReproductive LifespanCaptive Breeding5: PLUMAGES AND MOLTPlumage DescriptionPterylosisMoltPtilochronologyPlumage MaintenanceIncubation PatchBadge Size in Males6: FORAGING BEHAVIOR AND FOODForaging Strategy of the House SparrowDiet of the House Sparrow7: SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND VOCALIZATIONSVocalizationsDisplaysCommunal Roosting8: POPULATION DYNAMICS AND MOVEMENTSDecline in House Sparrow NumbersPredationParasitism and DiseaseInterspecific CompetitionChanges in Agricultural PracticesSurvival RatesThe Sex Ratio ConundrumMovementsWhere Have All the Sparrows Gone?9: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGYIntegrumentary SystemSkeletal SystemMuscular SystemNervous SystemEndocrine SystemCirculatory SystemRespiratory SystemDigestive SystemExcretory SystemReproductive SystemBody Mass and Composition10: HUMAN COMMENSALISM AND PEST MANAGEMENTObligate Commensal?Pest StatusPest ManagementPositive Impacts of SparrowsSociology of SparrowsAppendixLiterature CitedIndex
Responsibility: Theodore R. Anderson.


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Simply put, if you have any interest in the biology of this quintessential 'little brown bird', still an enigma in many ways, then Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow is an absolute must. * David Read more...

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