Author: Chris G. Earley
Publisher: Firefly Books Limited
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Presents alphabetically arranged entries, from A to Z, with information about various types of birds, describing such creatures as the hummingbird, duck, ibis, nighthawk, pelican, woodpecker, and yellowleg.
Author: Mary Elizabeth Salzmann
Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
Release Date: 2010-09-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Introduce emerging readers to this innovative, entertaining and information-packed alphabet title! This book provides definitions of A to Z words related to birds. Colorful, engaging photos provide support of text and assists with word recognition. The Guess What? element presents fascinating facts into the specific word or subject on that page. It is designed for guided, shared and independent reading in the library, classroom and at home. There is a two-page glossary included for the more complex vocabulary. Super SandCastle is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
Author: W. Geoffrey Arnott
Release Date: 2007-09-12
Birds in the Ancient World from A to Z gathers together the ancient information available, listing all the names that ancient Greeks gave their birds and all their descriptions and analyses. W. Geoffrey Arnott identifies as many of them as possible in the light of modern ornithological studies. The ancient Greek bird names are transliterated into English script, and all that the ancients said about birds is presented in English. This book is accordingly the first complete discussion of ancient bird names that will be accessible to readers without ancient Greek. The only large-scale examination of ancient birds for seventy years, the book has an exhaustive bibliography (partly classical scholarship and partly ornithological) to encourage further study, and provides students and ornithologists with the definitive study of ancient birds.
Author: Angelika Lang
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated
Release Date: 2007-01
Both prospective owners of birds as pets and dedicated bird watchers will want to add this book to their reference shelf. It s an A-to-Z guide to bird species with color photos and descriptions of more than 200 birds native to all parts of the world. A general overview describes bird groups and their characteristics, and advises on setting up backyard birdhouses as well as indoor and outdoor aviaries. Bird species are profiled according to their families, with separate sections on doves, parrots, bluebirds, thrushes, buntings, finches, starlings, and 10 others. Each of the book s sections has page edges tipped in a different color for quick reference. Pet owners are advised on the basics of proper bird caging and care, and additional information of special interest to bird enthusiasts is provided. The book features 300 full-color photos and comes with a clear vinyl jacket for extra protection when it s used as a field guide.
Author: P. D. Stemp
Release Date: 2014-12-20
The aviation history of German aircraft from the very early days to the present. Details on around two hundred and seventy seven aircraft. From the 1st. World War types and the 2nd. World War aircraft. Fighters, bombers, reconnaissance, trainers and civil types. Landplanes, seaplanes, airships, rockets, bombs - lots of stuff. An archive of information. The series of books comes in four volumes. In this volume some of the larger companies include: - Platz - Rhein-Flugzeugbau - Rohrbach - Rumpler - Sablatnig - Scheibe- Schutte - Siemens-Schuckert - Zeppelin + plus many other. There are around 277 pictures & 96 plan diagrams. Details on around four hundred and sixty two individual aircraft - Enjoy
A small set of fossilized bones discovered almost thirty years ago led paleontologist Sankar Chatterjee on a lifelong quest to understand their place in our understanding of the history of life. They were clearly the bones of something unusual, a bird-like creature that lived long, long ago in the age of dinosaurs. He called it Protoavis, and the animal that owned these bones quickly became a contender for the title of "oldest known bird." In 1997, Chatterjee published his findings in the first edition of The Rise of Birds. Since then Chatterjee and his colleagues have searched the world for more transitional bird fossils. And they have found them. This second edition of The Rise of Birds brings together a treasure trove of fossils that tell us far more about the evolution of birds than we once dreamed possible. With no blind allegiance to what he once thought he knew, Chatterjee devours the new evidence and lays out the most compelling version of the birth and evolution of the avian form ever attempted. He takes us from Texas to Spain, China, Mongolia, Madagascar, Australia, Antarctica, and Argentina. He shows how, in the "Cretaceous Pompeii" of China, he was able to reconstruct the origin and evolution of flight of early birds from the feathered dinosaurs that lay among thousands of other amazing fossils. Chatterjee takes us to where long-hidden bird fossils dwell. His compelling, occasionally controversial, revelations—accompanied by spectacular illustrations—are a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in the evolution of "the feathered dinosaurs," from vertebrate paleontologists and ornithologists to naturalists and birders. -- Alan Feduccia, University of North Carolina
Author: Clifford B. Frith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2016-07-01
Much of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking work as an evolutionary biologist stemmed from his study of birds. It is universally acknowledged that Darwin's observation of bird groups and species like the Galapagos finches, mockingbirds, and rock doves was critical to the development of his theories on natural selection, evolution, and sexual selection. The significant number of diverse birds that Darwin covered in his published works represents a most substantial ornithological contribution. His major books alone contain reference to and consideration of almost 500 bird species, as well as interesting and pertinent discussion of over 100 ornithological topics. "Charles Darwin's Birds" is a comprehensive treatment of Darwin's work as an ornithologist. Clifford Frith discusses every ornithological topic and bird species that Darwin researched, providing a complete historical survey of his published writing on birds. Through this, we learn how Darwin became an increasingly skilled and eventually exceptional ornithologist, and how his relationships grew with contemporary scientists like John Gould. It examines how Darwin was influenced by birds, and how the major themes of his research developed through his study of them. The book also features 4 appendices, which contain brief accounts of every bird species Darwin wrote about, basic ornithological information about each of the species, and a listing of where the species appears in Darwin's work.
From A to Z, twenty-six birds are each presented in a colorful picture and in a poem along with a short description of its range, diet and other interesting facts. This is a beautiful book to be enjoyed by everyone of all ages. Written by a ten-year-old winner of several national level poetry contest awards, and illustrated together with her father, this book is an ode to our feathered friends designed to entertain and educate. Come enter the wonderful world of birds!
Author: P. D. Stemp
Release Date: 2011-09
Bristol Aircraft - One of the early manufacturers of Great Britain, during the 20th. Century. A comprehensive study of this British manufacturer. Around four hundred and twenty four individual aircraft details. Around one hundred and fifty nine pictures with one and three plan diagrams. Containing around four hundred and twenty four individual aircraft details. Around one hundred and fifty nine pictures and one hundred and three plan diagrams.
Acoustic Communication in Birds, Volume 2: Song Learning and Its Consequences investigates acoustic communication in birds, with emphasis on song learning and its consequences. Some issues in the study of bird sounds are discussed, with particular reference to evolutionary considerations. The ontogeny of acoustic behavior in birds is also considered, along with sound production, neural control of song, and auditory perception. Comprised of nine chapters, this volume begins with an introduction to the nature, extent, and evolution of vocal learning in birds. Several well-documented examples in which vocal development appears to proceed independently of audition (and therefore independently of vocal learning) are presented, together with aspects of selective vocal learning; the timing of vocal learning; and selective forces that may have promoted the evolution of vocal learning in birds. Subsequent chapters explore the role of subsong and plastic song in the vocal learning process; the function and evolution of avian vocal mimicry; the ecological and social significance of duetting in birds; and microgeographic and macrogeographic variation in the acquired vocalizations of birds. The book also examines genetic population structure and vocal dialects in Zonotrichia (Emberizidae). This monograph will be of interest to ornithologists, evolutionary biologists, and zoologists, as well as to students of communication and bioacoustics.
Author: Susumu Ohno
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2013-06-29
Natural selection operates among individual organisms which differ in their genetic constitution. The degree of hereditary variability within a species is greatly enhanced by cross-fertilization. Indeed, the mechanism of sexual reproduction occurred very early in evolution, for it is seen today even in bacteria. In Escherichia coli, fertilization occurs by passage of the single chromosome from the male into the female bacterium (LEDERBERG, 1959). In multicellular organisms, the separation of germ from soma, and the production of haploid gametes became mandatory. The gametes were of two types. One, extremely mobile, was designed to seek out and penetrate the other, which loaded with nutrients, received the mobile gamete and intiated the development of a new individual. The foundation for true bisexuality was thus laid. In the primitive state of bisexuality, whether an individual is to be a sperm-producing male or an egg-producing female appears to be decided rather haphazardly. In the worm, Banelia viridis, the minute males are parasites in the female. Larvae that become attached to the proboscis of an adult female become males, while unattached larvae sink to the bottom and become females (BALTZER, 1935). The more sophisticated state of bisexuality was initiated by setting aside a particular pair of chromosomes for specialization and making either the male or the female a heterogametic sex. Sex chromosomes as we know them were thus born.