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The Migration Ecology of Birds Hardcover – 20 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 984 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (20 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0125173679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0125173674
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 5.4 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,010,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A remarkably detailed and highly readable account of this vast literature. The whole book is packed with clearly described examples, many of which are presented in fully referenced summary tables which will prove invaluable to researchers...This book describes many of these developments but sets them within a much broader historical context of published studies of bird migration. This context is both highly informative and provides a powerful basis for understanding current and future changes to migratory populations...Ian Newton has a deep and thorough knowledge of the science of ornithology, and it is to our great benefit that he has spent his recent years writing a series of books that summarize and structure this huge body of literature in such accessible and readable formats. At over 900 pages and including a detailed glossary and extensive reference list, this book will be of great value to researchers in this field, but it is also an excellent source of information for anyone interested inthemany fascinating aspects of bird migration." - Jennifer A. Gill, in TRENDS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

"The many charts, figures and graphic illustrations in the book give new views on the migratory phenomenon and on the incredible adaptive ability of birds to the variations and changing circumstances like the warming climate, to cite one example. The text is clear and is not solely interesting to researchers but also all those who are intrigued by the extraordinary migration of birds."--ALUADA, the journal of the Societet d’Etudes Ornithologiques de France

About the Author

Dr. Ian Newton is respected world-wide both as a biologist with a special interest and expertise in this subject and as a communicator. He is a seasoned and popular key note speaker at National and International meetings, and his talks are often the high point of conferences.Ian Newton was born and raised in north Derbyshire. He attended Chesterfield Boys Grammar School, followed by the universities of Bristol and Oxford. He has been interested in birds since boyhood, and as a teenager developed a particular fascination with finches, which later led to doctoral and post-doctoral studies on these birds. Later in life he became known fore his penetrating field studies of bird populations, notably on raptors. He is now a senior ecologist with the Natural Environment Research Council, and visiting professor of ornithology at the University of Oxford. Most of his research has been in Scotland, but he has also spent a sabbatical year with the Canadian Wildlife Service, studying waterfowl, and is a frequent visitor to research groups in the United States and elsewhere. He has published more than 200 scientific papers on birds, and several books, including Finches (1972), Population Ecology of Raptors (1979), The Sparrowhawk (1986), and Lifetime Reproduction in Birds (edited, 1989). He has served as President of the British Ecological Society, Vice-president of the British Ornithologists' Union, and is honorary member of the American Ornithologists' Union. He has received several prestigious awards for research and conservation, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1993. He is married, and has two sons and a daughter.

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Truly amazing depth of knowledge of this fascinating field. A must have for all serious ornithologists.
This volumn joins the author's other 'Tour de force' The Speciation and Biogeography of Birds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb migration survey 5 Feb. 2009
By Carlos Sánchez Delicado - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An astonishing study on migration, big and delicate ecological matter. The experienced author has gathered a huge amount of accurate and readable information of the subject otherwise offering a vast bibliographic referencies list. It deals not only with migration but also with vagrancy, irruptions and the related topics. An educational and enjoyable book including lots of good species examples, tables and graphics. One runs the risk to be trapped reading for hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and very readable 17 May 2010
By C. J. Ralph - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book in that it contains fantastic detail about all aspects of migration yet it is written in an easily accessible format and style. I highly recommend it to anyone with a modicum of interest in migration, and I have found it very useful for getting abreast of the latest. Not that it is without items that are at least debatable, but considering the breadth and depth, it is without parallel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about bird migration 13 Oct. 2010
By John Spiers - Published on
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A very thorough review of what is known of bird migration up to 2008 aimed at serious ornithologists. Ordinary birdwatchers should consider Ian Newton's later (2010) book on Bird Migration which is really the same book minus some technical detail. Both books are well illustrated and written in the clear, easy to understand style for which Ian is noted. While comprehensive the illustrative examples tend to be drawn mainly from the Palearctic- Afrotropical migration system.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic book 6 Feb. 2008
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Format: Hardcover
This is the definite book on bird migration and will be for many years to come.
It's written in a very easy to follow but still scientic style. The amount of information in this book is amazing.
The author really knows how to write and explain his subject.

I could go on and praise every chapter, but I will just write that this is a must have book for every birder and ornithologist who is interested in bird migration.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Um completo estudo da migração das aves 30 Mar. 2009
By Wallace R. Telino Jr. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Este livro atualiza as informações sobre a migração das aves no planeta. Uma obra completa e que todos que trabalham com ornitologia deveriam conhecer.
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