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Barn Owls

Barn Owls
Evolution and Ecology

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  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107165755

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  • With heart-shaped face, buff back and wings, and pure white underparts, the barn owl is a distinctive and much-loved bird which has fascinated people from many cultures throughout history. How did the barn owl colonise the world? What adaptations have made this bird so successful? How is the increasing impact of human disturbance affecting these animals? Answering these questions and more, Roulin brings together the main global perspectives on the evolution, ecology and behaviour of the barn owl and its relatives, discussing topics such as the high reproductive potential, physiology, social and family interaction, pronounced colour variation and global distribution. Accessible and beautifully illustrated, this definitive volume on the barn owl is for researchers, professionals and graduate students in ornithology, animal behaviour, ecology, conservation biology and evolutionary biology, and will also appeal to amateur ornithologists and nature lovers.

    • Covers more than a 150 years of research on barn owls from across the globe, combining international perspectives on their evolution, ecology and behaviour.
    • Simplifies theoretical concepts and research into an accessible and readable text, accompanied by beautiful colour illustrations
    • Intends to share the wonder of this fascinating bird, and encourage its protection and conservation on a global scale
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107165755
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • contains: 50 colour illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Conservation
    3. Parasites and predators
    4. Physiology in an ecological context
    5. Morphology in an ecological context
    6. Foraging
    7. Sexual behaviour
    8. Reproduction
    9. Parental care
    10. Sibling interactions
    11. Demography
    12. Plumage coloration.

  • Author

    Alexandre Roulin, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
    Alexandre Roulin is Full Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. He has published more than 240 research papers, the majority of which are on the barn owl. He currently participates in a project that combines ecology and reconciliation in the Middle East, which places the barn owl at the centre of ecological discussions between Israel, Palestine and Jordan on the use of pesticides and agriculture.

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