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Moult and Ageing of European Passerines

Moult and Ageing of European Passerines [Kindle Edition]

Lukas Jenni , Raffael Winkler
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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The moult strategies of birds are not only of importance in their impact on a species' ecology and energetics, but as a valuable tool for anyone studying the migration and population dynamics of bird species. A proper understanding of how feathers are replaced, and the precise differences in appearance of the various feather generations, can allow ringers, scientists and the keen birdwatcher to age first-year and adult birds and to detect the moult strategy of the bird in question.

Lukas Jenni and Raffael Winkler have combined these themes and produced a book which will be valuable both to the professional ornithologist and the bird ringer. The first part gives an up to date summary of the moult strategies and moult sequences of European passerines and discusses the ecological consequences of moult. Throughout the book, the authors draw on the enormous amount of data on moult collected by them over 15 years of study which, combined with data from the literature, allow them to present a new synthesis of the subject.

The second part of the book is of particular value to ringers. Following a general introduction to ageing, detailed moult profiles are given for 58 species of European passerines representing all the major moult strategies, backed up with useful summary statistics, schematic diagrams of the extent of moult and indications of the variation within each species. For the first time, the extent of partial and suspended moults is presented in detail.

The crowning feature of this book is the 480 plus full colour photographs of extended wings which show the entire range of moult patterns and of plumage ageing criteria. An appendix gives supplementary information on ageing birds by the degree of pneumatization of the skull.

About the Author

Lukas Jenni was a volunteer at the Swiss Ornithological Institute while studying zoology, botany, geology and chemistry at Basel University. His interest in moult and ageing arose while working with Raffael Winkler. His main research interests are in ecology and the physiology of bird migration, as well as moult biology. Raffael Winkler graduated with a PhD thesis on the pneumatization of the skull roof in birds. In 1980 he was elected curator of the bird collection at the Natural History Museum, Basel. Since then, he has edited the Avifauna of Switzerland and carried on the Museum's own tradition in moult research.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8395 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Poyser; 1 edition (30 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,465 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed 2 Dec 2011
I agree wholly with the previous reviewer, the book is a real dissapointment. The reproduction of the colour plates are aweful when compared to an original edition. I have contacted Amazon and the publishers customer services (who were helpful), tel: 02076 315600 and made them aware of the problem. I suggest everyone who has purchased a 2nd edition already, do likewise. A real opportunity has been missed here and it looks as if we will have to wait yet again for a new print run. Also, please be aware that the positive review is for the first edition!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a poor reprint of a fabulous original 18 Dec 2011
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This copy is a reprint of an earlier edition. It is a very detailed book with numerous pictures. As a means of identifying and ageing birds it requires to be accurate in all aspects. However some of the colour reproduction is very poor and is therefore of no the Great Tit I am very disappointed.
This is meant to be my husband's Christmas present.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointment 21 Nov 2011
This new edition published in autumn 2011 is a very big dissapointment. All photos are very badly reproduced compared to the original first edition. You can not age a bird from these poor pictures. Find a first edition if you can. This book is also extremely expensive. Not recommendable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the right edition! 11 May 2014
By Monty
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This catalogue entry is for the excellent, if extremely scarce, 1994 edition. At the time of writing, all the other reviews on this page are for the very poor 2011 edition and as such belong here:

However, due to the utterly abysmal Amazon search mechanism, it's impossible to find this first edition from the search alone (I just happen to know the ISBN number) so no-one is likely to buy it anyway.
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