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American warblers : an ecological and behavioral perspective
Morse, Douglass H., 1938-
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1989.
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xii, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Avian ecologist Morse documents the life cycle of warblers on both their breeding grounds and their migration routes and covers foraging, habitat selection, reproduction, plumage, rare and tropical species, and diversity. He also illustrates ways in which this abundant subfamily of birds can be used

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Our understanding of the population and community ecology of vertebrates has been dominated by studies of birds. In North America, much of this research has focused on studies of the wood warblers, exemplified by Robert H. MacArthur's classic article that appeared in Ecology in 1958 on warblers in northeastern spruce forests. These species are appealing subjects because of their abundance, diversity, and aesthetics. It is not unusual to find 6-10 sympatric species during the height of the breeding season in northern hardwood forests. Much of our understanding of the behavior and habitat distribution of North American warblers can be attributed to the work of Morse. In this book, he goes far beyond his own studies and offers an extensive synthesis of research on the behavior and ecology of the Parulinae. Tossed in with the synthesis is a fair amount of speculation on the significance and meaning of various studies. One might quibble with some of these interpretations; however, this reviewer found them stimulating. When synthesizing an area of research, proficient researchers should have the perogative to speculate and hypothesize. As a consequence of this process, priorities for future advanced in the field are more clearly defined. Morse's book offers both a good synthesis and a guide to areas in need of more research. For upper-division undergraduates and above. -B. R. Noon, Humboldt State University