I recommend behavioral ecology of tropical birds to budding behavioral ecologists who are on the prowl for research topics that may alter the directions of the field and to ecologists in the temperate zone who wonder why their colleagues go to the bother and expense of mounting behavioral research projects in the tropics. There is a temperate zone bias because the vast majority of biologists are based in temperate regions many of whom are ignorant of the unique ecology and behavior of tropical birds the chapter illustrates the examples of temperate zone bias extra pair mating systems testosterone and territory defense and territory acquisition. His tropical research has focussed on frugivory vocal communication and the winter ecology of migrants both have worked extensively on both migratory birds and resident tropical birds giving them a unique perspective on the evolution of the bird behavior. This book examines behavioral adaptations of tropical birds in timing of breeding life history traits mating systems and parental care territoriality communication and biotic interactions and emphasizes the many gaps in our knowledge of tropical birds. Get this from a library behavioral ecology of tropical birds bridget joan stutchbury eugene s morton the main theme of this book is to illustrate how and why tropical birds are so different from temperate zone birds the books purpose is to dispel the temperate zone biologists ignorance of
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