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By Jeremy M. V. Rayner (auth.), Richard F. Johnston (eds.)

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Volume five of this sequence keeps its assurance of presently lively re­ seek fields in ornithology. simply because an editor can by no means be a disin­ terested observer of his or her personal editorial efforts, any declare for su­ periority of this quantity isn't with out clash of curiosity. however, quantity five has yes benefits that even a father or mother should still recognize, and that i locate the present chapters no longer purely well timed and authoritative yet compelling of their call for for a reader's realization. Wolfgang and Roswitha Wiltschko supply a perceptive evaluation of magnetic orientation in birds, a bit devoted to Fritz Merkel, the pioneer in reports of magnetic orientation. Sergei Kharitonov and Doug­ las Siegel-Causey are fascinated by the behavioral ecology of seabird coloniality, emphasizing their box reports within the USSR and the us. Ted Miller examines the applying of reports of fowl habit to comparative biology, pursuing the interface of habit and evolutionary biology adumbrated via Konrad Lorenz within the Thirties. Jeremy Raynor offers us a precis of the paintings over the last decade on poultry flight, which isn't, by means of turns, as complicated or so simple as we had previously believed. Carrol Henderson describes contemporary advance­ ments in nongame chook conservation, in accordance with his pioneering paintings within the nation of Minnesota. Alan Kamil discusses optimum experimental layout for learn in ornithology, a box within which experimental paintings is often tricky to pursue.

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Norberg and Rayner (1987) extended that analysis by relating performance criteria also to wing morphology, expressing them in sizeindependent principal components form. These results are shown diagrammatically in Figure 15, recomputed to be consistent with the PCA of birds. 5 to a range of birds; lift generation was assessed by formulas derived by Rayner (1979b,c); derivation of agility and maneuverability was given by U. M. Norberg and Rayner (1987). It is immediately obvious that flight adaptation cannot favor all aspects of performance simultaneously.

The upstroke. Flow visualization experiments on a Kestrel flying in this manner have confirmed that trailing vortices are generated during both up- and downstrokes and that circulation bound on the hand wing and in the wake vortices is approximately constant throughout the wingstroke. This gait seems to be both simple and efficient as well as anatomically straightforward. 5. A slightly different gait is found in birds with lower aspect ratio, most commonly in species with low wing loading and square wings, and frequently with separated primary feathers.

A more detailed study could include a wide range of morphological and skeletal measures, but at the cost of both greater complexity and the loss of clear functional interpretation. However, these unmeasured quantities hide important variation, and must overlay, and distort, some of the sometimes surprising convergence evident in Figures 12 to 14. Because of the assumptions of PCA, the scatter plot of the three components should be approximately spherical, owing to the independence of the three components; any projection, as in Figures 14a and b, should be near circular.

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