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The penguins : Spheniscidae / Tony D. Williams ; with contributions by Rory P. Wilson, P. Dee Boersman, and D.L. Stokes ; colour plates by J.N. Davies ; drawings by John Busby.

By: Williams, Tony D.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Bird families of the world: Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995Description: xiii, 295 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 019854667X :.Subject(s): PenguinsDDC classification:
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The Penguins describes and illustrates the 17 species in this appealing family of flightless swimming birds. Introductory chapters outline the amazing array of physiological, behavioural and ecological adaptations made by members of the penguin family. The author explains how these fascinatingadaptations have allowed different species to exploit inhospitable climates ranging from the snow and ice of Antarctica to the hot desert-like islands of the equatorial Galapagos.

Includes bibliography and index.


Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part I General Chapters
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Origins and Breeding
  • 3 Breeding Biology and Moult
  • 4 Population Structure and Dynamics
  • 5 Behavior
  • 6 Foraging Ecology
  • 7 Physiology
  • 8 Conservation: Threats to Penguin Populations
  • Part II Species Accounts
  • 1 Genus Aptenodytes
  • 1.1 King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus)
  • 1.2 Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri)
  • 2 Genus Pygoscelis
  • 2.1 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua)
  • 2.2 Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae)
  • 2.3 Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)
  • 3 Genus Eudyptes
  • 3.1 Rockhopper (Eudyptes chrysocome)
  • 3.2 Fiordland Penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus)
  • 3.3 Snares Penguin (Eudyptes robustus)
  • 3.4 Erect-crested Penguin (Eudyptes sclateri)
  • 3.5 Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus)
  • 3.6 Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli)
  • 4 Genus Megadyptes
  • 4.1 Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes)
  • 5 Genus Eudyptula
  • 5.1 Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor)
  • 6 Genus Spheniscus
  • 6.1 African of Jackass Penguin (Spheniscus demersus)
  • 6.2 Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti)
  • 6.3 Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus)
  • 6.4 Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)

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Penguins display some of the most remarkable adaptations--physiological, behavioral, and ecological--in the bird world. The 17 species in this specialized family, the Spheniscidae, are here reviewed as a taxonomic group and individually. Williams has had considerable research experience with birds of polar areas, including penguins, and he has invited chapters by several other ornithologists. From their own material and from a synthesis of recent literature they have assembled a comprehensive reference. The book is divided almost equally into two parts: general overviews of penguin biology, and species accounts. General chapters cover topics such as breeding behavior, foraging ecology, evolution, and conservation. As highly specialized marine birds, penguins have been important research subjects in a wide variety of ornithological investigations. The species accounts provide detailed information on plumage, size, distribution, voice, diet, and other specifics of their natural history. (All species are attractively illustrated with color plates.) An exhaustive bibliography reflects the care that went into all parts of this fine reference--it is exemplary for Oxford's series "Bird Families of the World." General; upper-division undergraduate through professional. C. Leck; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick