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The birds of northern Melanesia [electronic resource] : speciation, ecology & biogeography / Ernst Mayr, Jared Diamond ; color plates by H. Douglas Pratt.

By: Mayr, Ernst, 1904-2005.
Contributor(s): Diamond, Jared M.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 492 p.) : ill. (some col.), maps.ISBN: 9780195349665 (electronic bk.); 0195349660 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Birds -- Papua New Guinea -- Bismarck Archipelago | Birds -- Solomon Islands | Birds | Oiseaux -- Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guin�ee -- Bismarck, Archipel | Oiseaux -- Salomon | SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Zoology -- Ornithology | NATURE -- Birdwatching Guides | NATURE -- Animals -- BirdsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Birds of northern Melanesia.DDC classification: 598/.09958 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction; Part I. Northern Melanesia's Physical and Biological Environment; Part II. Human History and Impacts; Part III. The Northern Melanesian Avifauna; Part IV. Colonization Routes; Part V. Taxonomic Analysis: Differences Among Species; Part VI. Geographic Analysis: Differences Among Islands; Part VII. Synthesis, Conclusions, and Prospects; Maps; Appendices; References; Index.
Summary: Origins and Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part 1. Northern Melanesia's Physical and Biological Environment. 1. Geology and geological history. 2. Climate. 3. Habitats and vegetation. 4. Terrestrial vertebrates other than birds. Part 2. Human History and Impacts. 5. Human history. 6. Ornithological exploration of Northern Melanesia. 7. Exterminations of bird populations. Part 3. The Northern Melanesia Avifauna. 8. Family composition. 9. Determinants of island species number. 10. Level of endemism, habitat preference, and abundance of each species. 11. Overwater dispersal ability of each speci.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 443-464) and indexes.

Introduction; Part I. Northern Melanesia's Physical and Biological Environment; Part II. Human History and Impacts; Part III. The Northern Melanesian Avifauna; Part IV. Colonization Routes; Part V. Taxonomic Analysis: Differences Among Species; Part VI. Geographic Analysis: Differences Among Islands; Part VII. Synthesis, Conclusions, and Prospects; Maps; Appendices; References; Index.

Origins and Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part 1. Northern Melanesia's Physical and Biological Environment. 1. Geology and geological history. 2. Climate. 3. Habitats and vegetation. 4. Terrestrial vertebrates other than birds. Part 2. Human History and Impacts. 5. Human history. 6. Ornithological exploration of Northern Melanesia. 7. Exterminations of bird populations. Part 3. The Northern Melanesia Avifauna. 8. Family composition. 9. Determinants of island species number. 10. Level of endemism, habitat preference, and abundance of each species. 11. Overwater dispersal ability of each speci.

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