Avian Invasions: The Ecology and Evolution of Exotic Birds by Tim M. Blackburn

By Tim M. Blackburn

Organic invaders symbolize one of many fundamental threats to the upkeep of world biodiversity, human overall healthiness, and the luck of human financial agencies. the continued globalization of our society guarantees that the necessity to comprehend the method of organic invasion will merely elevate sooner or later. there's additionally a growing to be popularity that the learn of organic invaders presents a different perception into simple questions in ecology and evolution.

The examine of unique birds has had a very lengthy background and has come to symbolize a desirable intersection among the examine of organic invasions, avian conservation biology, and simple ideas of ecology and evolution. Avian Invasions summarizes and synthesizes this certain historic list and unravels the insights that the examine of unique birds brings to all 3 of those study strands. It contains chapters at the recognized contributions of unique chook learn to ecological technological know-how, and at the post-establishment evolution of brought fowl populations. the result's the main complete photo but of the invasion process.

Avian Invasions is aimed toward expert avian biologists and ornithologists in addition to graduate scholars of avian ecology, evolution and conservation. It additionally appeals to a extra normal viewers of invasion ecologists.

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These populations apparently derive from escaped cage birds, number more than 100 individuals, and are considered to be self-sustaining. Yet, the most recent catalogue of exotic bird species (Lever 2005) includes no parrotbill species. Similarly, in Tokyo and its vicinity, seventy-one exotic bird species were observed in the period 1961–81. During this period the increase in the number of new exotic bird species reported to be breeding in the wild averaged one per year (Narasue and Obara 1982).

2007). Inasmuch as the historical record of bird introductions provides this information, these chapters fill a substantial gap in what drives establishment success for any exotic species. However, the research on this topic has not always been congruent in its findings, and considerable disagreement exists over the causes of successful establishment. , propagule pressure) is an important contributory factor. In Chapter 3, we present reasons why we would expect this, 24 The Study of Exotic Birds which relate to the problems of survival that face small populations of any organism, before laying out the evidence for a relationship between propagule pressure and establishment success.

Mean body mass also tends to be higher in species living at high latitudes (Cousins 1989; Blackburn and Gaston 1996a; Gaston 27 Birds (ϫ 10–3) Birds Price 120 18 80 0 40 9 Eggs 40 Deaths 50 60 70 80 Time (years) 90 Price (fictitious units) 160 0 100 Fig. 5 Output of a model to assess an expansion in the market for cage birds, from 10,000 to 100,000 bird lovers. The market was expanded at the fifty-year point, leading to an increase in the price of birds. This provides the incentive for breeders to increase their production, which rapidly brings the price down again but leaves breeders with an excess of unprofitable birds.

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