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The Avian Migrant: The Biology of Bird Migration

John Rappole


The purpose of migration, regardless of the distance involved, is to exploit two or more environments suitable for survival or reproduction over time, usually on a seasonal basis. Yet individual organisms can practice the phenomenon differently, and birds deploy unique patterns of movement over particular segments of time. Incorporating the latest research on bird migration, this critical assessment offers a firm grasp of what defines an avian migrant, how the organism came to be, what is known about its behavior, and how we can resolve its enduring mysteries. The book clarifies key ecological ... More

Keywords: bird migration, seasonality, annual cycle, migratory birds, natural selection, avian migrants, population biology, global warming, migrant breeding ranges, macroecology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231146784
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231146784.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Rappole, author