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Physiological Adaptations for Breeding in Birds

Tony D. Williams


This book is an up-to-date and comprehensive account of research on avian reproduction. It develops two unique themes: the consideration of female avian reproductive physiology and ecology, and an emphasis on individual variation in life-history traits. The book investigates the physiological, metabolic, energetic, and hormonal mechanisms that underpin individual variation in the key female-specific reproductive traits and the trade-offs between these traits that determine variation in fitness. The core of the book deals with the avian reproductive cycle, from seasonal gonadal development, thr ... More

Keywords: avian reproduction, reproductive physiology, avian ecology, reproductive traits, reproductive cycle, egg laying, chick rearing, breeding, evolutionary biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691139821
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691139821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony D. Williams, author
Simon Fraser University