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Animal Behavior [Paperback]

Michael D. Breed , Janice Moore Dr.
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15 Mar 2011 012372581X 978-0123725813

This textbook covers the broad sweep of animal behavior from its neurological underpinnings to the importance of behavior in conservation. The authors, Michael Breed and Janice Moore, bring almost 60 years of combined experience as university professors to this textbook, much of that teaching animal behavior. An entire chapter is devoted to the vibrant new field of behavior and conservation, including topics such as social behavior and the relationship between parasites, pathogens and behavior. Thoughtful coverage has also been given to foraging behavior, mating and parenting behavior, anti-predator behavior and learning.

This text addresses the physiological foundations of behavior in a way that is both accessible and inviting. Each chapter begins with learning objectives and concludes with thought-provoking questions. Additionally, special terms and definitions are highlighted throughout. Animal Behavior provides a rich resource for students (and professors) from a wide range of life science disciplines.

  • Provides a solid background in the neurophysiological and endocrinological bases of animal behavior as well as exceptionally strong coverage of social behavior
  • Includes behavior and homeostatic mechanisms, behavior and conservation, and behavioral aspects of disease
  • Highlights aspects of behavior that relate to domestic animals in particular
  • Lab manual with fully developed and tested laboratory exercises available for courses that have labs (
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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press (15 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 012372581X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123725813
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Breed & Moore present an accessible introduction to behaviour that simultaneously captures the dynamic nature and diversity of the field. The text is focused on functional and evolutionary approaches to questions in behaviour, addressing only the bare bones of neural, physiological and genetic mechanisms. Thorough coverage is provided of empirical and theoretical approaches to learning and cognition, cooperation and social behaviour, foraging and movement, and sexual selection and parental care. Topical and relevant areas are emphasized, such as the intersection between conservation and behaviour, and predicting behavioural responses to climate change."--Animal Behaviour 84 (2012) 289-291

About the Author

After receiving my PhD from the University of Kansas in 1977, I came to Colorado to work as a faculty member at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I have been ever since. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and I teach courses in general biology, animal behavior, insect biology, and tropical biology. My research program focuses on the behavior and ecology of social insects, and I have worked on ants, bees, and wasps. I have studied the nestmate recognition, the genetics of colony defense, the behavior of defensive bees, and communication during colony defense. I was Executive Editor of Animal Behaviour from 2006-2009.

As an undergraduate, I was inspired by parasitologist Clark P. Read to think about the ecology and evolution of parasites in new ways. I was especially excited to learn that parasites affected animal behavior, another favorite subject area. Most biologists outside the world of parasitology were not interested in parasites; they were relegated to a nether world someplace between the biology of free-living organisms and medicine. After peregrination through more than one graduate program, I completed my PhD studying parasites and behavior at the University of New Mexico. I did postdoctoral work on parasite community ecology with Dan Simberloff at Florida State University, and then accepted a faculty position at Colorado State University, where I have remained since 1983. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Biology where I teach courses in invertebrate zoology, animal behavior, and history of medicine. I study a variety of aspects of parasite ecology and host behavior ranging from behavioral fever and transmission behavior to the ecology of introduced parasite species.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this 30 Jun 2013
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My view may be biased since my Uni course content was based off this textbook and I love animals to heaven and back, but I love this book! I was absolutely intrigued not bored for a single page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Animal Behavior Book for undergraduates 25 Jan 2013
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We just switched to this book for our animal behavior classes. Unlike the previous books this one is written with the undergraduate audience in mind. It has lots of examples and pictures as well as drawings. The price is good, the content is readable. The students found the sample readings to be fun and easy to follow. I would use Alcock for a graduate level course but for a non-majors undergraduate class this book was the best choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good book. 9 Jan 2013
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I bought this book for my Animal Behavior class and it has been a decent book so far. It is informative and enjoyable. You won't get bored with massive amounts of Scientific garble because it is written in a way that is more entertaining, which in my opinion, makes things more easily understood. It also makes it so that I want to read it, unlike most textbooks. Has good information and it makes you think about what is written. It's a good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for someone electively taking Animal Behavior 16 May 2013
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I think this book is perfect for students with a genuine interest in animal behavior. I was highly impressed with this textbook, and for once, doing the readings for my class was actually enjoyable. It has good voice, and is written practically. The book is filled with pictures, case studies, and examples that illustrate the author's point. I think the textbook is thoughtfully organized as well.

If you have no interest in animal behavior, then you might find the examples unnecessary, but personally, they made the reading the most enjoyable for me.

Did you know, fur seals only rest one side of their brain at a time? One hemisphere remains active to steer and keep the seal afloat! :D
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2.0 out of 5 stars Does not belong in college 6 Dec 2012
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I had to buy this book for a animal behavior class and did not like it one bit. The written ok but some of the content is absolute useless and rhetoric. I especially hate how the authors put in seemingly "funny" puns, in their view, in the book, which is unnecessary and waste of time. Too bad I had to use this book, next semester they are changing the books for the class because people despise this book. I would not recommend it for reading but do recommend it for roasting marsh-mellows.
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