Seabird Energetics

  • G. Causey Whittow
  • Hermann Rahn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. H. Rahn, G. C. Whittow
    Pages 1-32
  3. C. R. Grau
    Pages 33-57
  4. Ralph A. Ackerman, Richard C. Seagrave
    Pages 73-88
  5. H. Rahn, R. A. Ackerman, C. V. Paganelli
    Pages 89-112
  6. T. N. Pettit, G. C. Whittow, G. S. Grant
    Pages 113-137
  7. T. R. Simons, G. C. Whittow
    Pages 159-181
  8. Sheldon Lustick
    Pages 183-201
  9. Hugh I. Ellis
    Pages 203-234
  10. Yvon Le Maho, Gérard Dewasmes
    Pages 235-243
  11. Randall W. Davis, Gerald L. Kooyman
    Pages 245-253
  12. John P. Croxall, Christopher Ricketts, Peter A. Prince
    Pages 285-317
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 319-328

About this book


"Seabird Energetics" is a composite volume with a coherent theme. It makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the costs of breeding, the significance of which goes far beyond physiology as a brief historical perspective may illustrate. After decades of mainly anecdotal observations by natu­ ralists with an interest in seabirds, there was still so little information that in 1954, David Lack in his book "The Natural Regulatiori of Animal Numbers" was forced to ignore seabirds in a way that would be unthinkable today. The late fifties, however, produced a seminal contribution to seabird ecology and behaviour in the series of papers which stemmed from the Centenary Expedi­ tion of the British Ornithologists' Union to Ascension Island. Not only had quantitative ecology become the norm but the interest aroused by the European Ethological approach to bird behaviour had led to properly descriptive and analytical studies of seabird behaviour. The complex interactions between social behaviour and ecology then received more attention and the sixties and seventies brought a flood of papers on ecology and on some social aspects of breeding ecology. V.C. Wynne-Edwards linked these two as part of his attempt to understand the mechanism of the regulation of animal populations in his book "Animal Dispersion in Relation to Social Behaviour" (1962). He paid considerable attention to seabirds and the phenomena of clutch and brood-size, deferred breeding, "rest" years, etc., although, unfortunately, the most relevant studies were yet to come.


bird ecology physiology social behavior

Editors and affiliations

  • G. Causey Whittow
    • 1
  • Hermann Rahn
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physiology, John A. Burns Schools of Medicine, and P.B.R.C. Kewalo Marine LaboratoryUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physiology, Schools of Medicine and DentistryState University of New YorkBuffaloUSA

Bibliographic information