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Dunnock Behaviour and Social Evolution






Publisher:  Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Summary: At first sight just a small brown bird, the dunnock's unobtrusive appearance belies its extraordinary behaviour and mating patterns. In this book Nick Davies gives a full account of the mating systems of the dunnock or hedge sparrow, Prunella modularis, which include pairs, a male with two females, two males with one female, and several males with several females. Detailed observations, elegant field experiments, and... DNA fingerprinting are combined to show how this variablesocial organization from selfish individuals competing to maximize their own reproductive success. Further experiments reveal how the cuckoo may thwart the dunnock's parental efforts. David Quinn's exquisite drawings provide a visual summary of the birds' behaviour. All students of ecology, evolution, andanimal behaviour will want to be familiar with this work, which addresses the wider issues of the influence of ecology on mating systems and the evolutionary significance of conflict within and between species.This is the third volume in the Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution, and the first in this series to tackly behavioural ecology. Nick Davies is a Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Cambridge and co-editor with J. R. Krebs of the leading text in the field, Behavioural ecology: an evolutionary approach.

Davies, N. B. is the author of Dunnock Behaviour and Social Evolution, published under ISBN 9780198546757 and 0198546750. One hundred three Dunnock Behaviour and Social Evolution textbooks are available for sale on ValoreBooks.com, three used from the cheapest price of $94.18, or buy new starting at $71.59.
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Dunnock Behaviour and Social Evolution

ISBN-13: 9780198546757

ISBN: 0198546750

Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
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