Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2006. Octavo, colour photographs, text illustrations, dustwrapper.
This well illustrated volume synthesises more than 1,500 technical papers in this field. The focus is on the three primary mechanisms of colour production - melanin pigmentation, carotenoid pigmentation and structural coloration - but less common as well as newly described mechanisms of colour production are also reviewed in detail. The visual perception of birds and the best ways to collect and analyse colour data are, for the first time, presented as part of the review of mechanisms of coloration. This book will be essential reading for biologists studying animal coloration, but it will also be treasured by anyone curious about how birds produce and perceive their bold and brilliant colour displays. Volume two: function and evolution see [stock id 24736].
Price: $160.00 AU