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Contributions of Bird Studies to Biology

Konishi, Masakazu and Emlen, Stephen T. and Ricklefs, Robert E. and Wingfield, John C. (1989) Contributions of Bird Studies to Biology. Science, 246 (4929). pp. 465-472. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.2683069.

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Birds are widely distributed, highly diversified, and exhibit behavior and social organizations equal in complexity to mammals, yet they are generally more conspicuous and approachable in natural environments. These attributes make birds excellent subjects in many areas of biological research. The topics in which studies on birds have figured prominently include the mechanisms of species formation, the regulation of the distribution and abundance of animals, the effects of the environment on behavior and physiology, the biological and evolutionary significance of variations in social organizations, the encoding of information in animal communication, the sensory basis for migration and navigation, the effects of hormones on nerve cells and behavior, the ontogeny of brain and behavior, and the structure and function of the vertebrate brain. The outstanding record of avian research suggests that birds will continue to provide important models for developing and testing new ideas in various fields of biology.

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Additional Information:© 1989 American Association for the Advancement of Science. We thank P. Marler, G. H. Orians, and S. F. Volman for critically reading an early draft of the paper. This work was supported in part by NSF grants BNS 85-17725 to S.T.E. and DCB 8616189 to J.G.W.
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Official Citation:Contributions of bird studies to biology M Konishi, ST Emlen, RE Ricklefs, and JC Wingfield Science 27 October 1989: 246 (4929), 465-472. [DOI:10.1126/science.2683069]
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