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Bird Coloration, Volume 2


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Preface I. Function 1. Natural selection and avian coloration: protection, concealment, advertisement, or deception? Gary R. Bortolotti 2. Intraspecific variation in bird colors James Dale 3. Bird colors as intrasexual signals of aggression and dominance Juan Carlos Senar 4. Female mate choice for ornamental coloration in birds Geoffrey E. Hill 5. The function and evolution of color in young birds Rebecca M. Kilner 6. Benefits to female birds of assessing color displays Simon C. Griffith and Sarah R. Pryke 7. Female coloration in birds: a review of functional and non-functional hypotheses Trond Amundsen and Henrik Paern II. Evolution 8. Colorful phenotypes of colorless genotypes: Towards a new evolutionary synthesis of bird color displays Alexander V. Badyaev 9. Ecological explanations for interspecific variability in avian coloration Ian P. F. Owens 10. Adding color to the past: Ancestral-state reconstruction of bird coloration Kevin E. Omland and Christopher M. Hofmann Acknowledgments Contributors Index

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Together, these two volumes present an outstanding collection of contributions, written by leaders in the field and offering a modern, state-of-the-art review of our understanding of bird coloration--including the mechanisms, function, and evolution underlying the variation we see today. -- Michael S. Webster Washington State University

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Geoffrey E. Hill is Alumni Professor of Biological Sciences, Auburn University. Kevin J. McGraw is Assistant Professor of Life Sciences, Arizona State University.


The aim of Bird Coloration is to provide a flavour of the extent to which birds have exploited the sun's rays...These two volumes also delve deeper into the disparate ways in which bird colours are produced, what purpose they perform, their effect on communities in general, and finally, how they got here in the first place--their evolution...The reference lists alone are priceless...Bird Coloration will appeal to students of, and researchers in, evolution in general, because the devices that cause colour are often considered as phenotypes. Those interested in ecology, animal behaviour and vision studies will benefit, too...And if further incentive is needed to buy these books, just flick through the colour sections. -- Andrew R. Parker Times Literary Supplement The two volumes of Bird Coloration provide an excellent up-to-date overview of the topic...Bird coloration is a huge topic and anyone organizing an overview should be heartily congratulated. -- Andrew T. D. Bennett Nature 20070111

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