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Birkhead, Tim

Works: 120 works in 474 publications in 6 languages and 14,963 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Reference works  Biographies  Documentary television programs  Nature television programs  Wildlife television programs  Nonfiction films  Science television programs  Internet videos 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Creator
Classifications: QL672.2, 598
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Tim Birkhead
Most widely held works by Tim Birkhead
Ten thousand birds : ornithology since Darwin by Tim Birkhead( )

25 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This beautifully illustrated book opens in the middle of the nineteenth century when ornithology was a museum-based discipline focused almost exclusively on the anatomy, taxonomy, and classification of dead birds. It describes how in the early 1900s pioneering individuals such as Erwin Stresemann, Ernst Mayr, and Julian Huxley recognized the importance of studying live birds in the field, and how this shift thrust ornithology into the mainstream of the biological sciences. The book tells the stories of eccentrics like Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, a pathological liar who stole specimens from museums and quite likely murdered his wife, and describes the breathtaking insights and discoveries of ambitious and influential figures such as David Lack, Niko Tinbergen, Robert MacArthur, and others who through their studies of birds transformed entire fields of biology
Sperm competition and sexual selection by Tim Birkhead( )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 1,729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Providing a theoretical framework for the study of sperm competition, which is a central part of sexual selection, this book discusses the roles of females and the relationships between paternal care
The Cambridge encyclopedia of ornithology( Book )

13 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Experts from around the world have contributed to this absorbing and authoritative new guide for bird enthusiasts everywhere -- the essential, comprehensive reference on all aspects of birds. Highly illustrated chapters take the reader from the anatomy of birds, through flight, daily activities, distribution, migration, breeding, mating and more."--Publisher's description
Bird sense : what it's like to be a bird by Tim Birkhead( Book )

28 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the adaptive significance of bird behavior. A lifetime spent in ornithological research and old-fashioned bird-watching has convinced the author that "we have consistently underestimated what goes on in a bird's head." He describes how using the latest available tools, neurobiologists have uncovered new aspects of bird perception--e.g., the fact that female birds that see in the ultraviolet range chose mates on the basis of characteristics we can't directly perceive such as plumage markings. Even more fascinating, Birkhead explains that some birds "tend to use their right eye for close-up activities like feeding and the left eye for more distant activities such as scanning for predators." Another unexpected discovery which he hopes may prove relevant to the treatment of neuro-degenerative brain disease in humans is the plasticity of the brains of birds that live in temperate regions
Promiscuity : an evolutionary history of sperm competition by Tim Birkhead( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He explores the long and tortuous road leading to our current state of knowledge, from Aristotle's observations on chickens, to the first successful artificial insemination in the seventeenth century, to today's ingenious molecular markers for assigning paternity. And he shows how much human behavior - from the wife-sharing habits of Inuit hunters to Charlie Chaplin's paternity case - is influenced by sperm competition."--Jacket
The most perfect thing : inside (and outside) a bird's egg by Tim Birkhead( Book )

18 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned ornithologist Tim Birkhead opens this gripping story as a female guillemot chick hatches, already carrying her full quota of tiny eggs within her undeveloped ovary. As she grows into adulthood, only a few of her eggs mature, are released into the oviduct, and are fertilized by sperm stored from copulation that took place days or weeks earlier. Within a matter of hours, the fragile yolk is surrounded by albumen and the whole is gradually encased within a turquoise jewel of a shell. Soon afterward the fully formed egg is expelled onto a bare rocky ledge, where it will be incubated for four weeks before another chick emerges and the life cycle begins again. A Bird's Egg is about how eggs in general are made, fertilized, developed, and hatched. The eggs of most birds spend just 24 hours in the oviduct; however, that journey takes 48 hours in cuckoos, which surreptitiously lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. From the earliest times, the study of birds' ovaries and ova (eggs) played a vital role in the quest to unravel the mysteries of fertilization and embryo development in humans. Birkhead uses birds' eggs as wondrous portals into natural history, enlivened by the stories of naturalists and scientists, including Birkhead and his students, whose discoveries have advanced current scientific knowledge of reproduction
A brand-new bird : how two amateur scientists created the first genetically engineered animal by Tim Birkhead( )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles how a green bird discovered by Spanish explorers was bred to have yellow feathers, and how amateur scientists Duncker and Reich started genetic engineering on the way to producing a red canary
Virtuoso by nature : the scientific worlds of Francis Willughby FRS (1635-1672)( )

10 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francis Willughby, together with John Ray revolutionized the study of natural history. Together they were motivated by the new philosophy of the mid 1600s and transformed natural history in to a rigorous area of study. Because Ray lived longer and more of his writings have survived, his reputation subsequently eclipsed that of Willughby. Now, with access to previously unexplored archives and new discoveries we are able to provide a comprehensive evaluation of Francis Willughby's life and works. What emerges is a polymath, a true virtuoso, who made original and imaginative contributions to mathematics, chemistry, linguistics as well as natural history. We use Willughby's short life as a lens through which to view the entire process of seventeenth-century scientific endeavor
Sperm biology : an evolutionary perspective by Tim Birkhead( )

24 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title represents the first analysis of the evolutionary significance of sperm phenotypes and derived sperm traits and the possible selection pressures responsible for sperm-egg coevolution
The wisdom of birds : an illustrated history of ornithology by Tim Birkhead( Book )

25 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What the birds have taught us: a gorgeously rendered and comprehensive history of ornithology, from folklore to facts--the perfect gift for bird enthusiasts everywhere. Leading ornithologist Tim Birkhead takes readers on a journey through the wonderful world of birds: conception and egg, territory and song, breeding and migration. In the process, he reveals how birders have overcome centuries-old superstitions and untested truths to achieve a firmer understanding of birds. He also details when and how this knowledge was first acquired, detailing the various myths and misconceptions that were believed to be true throughout the ages and when they were finally corrected. Conceived for a general audience, and illustrated throughout with more than one hundred exquisitely beautiful illustrations, many of them rarely if ever seen before, The Wisdom of Birds is a book full of stories, knowledge, and unexpected revelations. Engaging and accessible, it is an illustrated history of birds--and all they have taught us
The wonderful Mr Willughby : the first true ornithologist by Tim Birkhead( Book )

7 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francis Willughby lived and thrived in the midst of the rapidly accelerating scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Traveling with his Cambridge tutor John Ray, they decided to overhaul the whole of natural history by imposing order on its messiness and complexity. It was exhilarating, exacting, and exhausting work. Yet before their first book, Ornithology, could be completed, Willughby died in 1672. Since then, Ray's reputation has grown, obscuring that of his collaborator. Now, for the first time, Willughby's story and genius are given the attention they deserve. In his too-short life, Francis Willughby helped found the Royal Society, differentiated birds through identification of their distinguishing features, and asked questions that were, in some cases, centuries ahead of their time
Avian ecology by Christopher M Perrins( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The survival factor by Mike Birkhead( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes survival strategies which determine an animal's life, involving a wide range of physical and behavioral characteristics
Sperm competition in birds : evolutionary causes and consequences by Tim Birkhead( Book )

16 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Sinne der Vögel oder Wie es ist, ein Vogel zu sein by Tim Birkhead( )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in German and English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wie es ist ein Vogel zu sein - ein bahnbrechender Blick auf die Sinneswelt der Vögel Das Buch des britischen Ornithologen Tim Birkhead hat die englische Leserwelt im Sturm erobert - und ist vom Independent als Naturbuch des Jahres, vom Guardian als Naturgeschichtsbuch des Jahres, vom British Trust for Ornithology und British Birds als Vogelbuch des Jahres ausgezeichnet und auf die Shortlist des Royal Society Winton Science Book Prize gewählt worden. Nun liegt für alle deutschsprachigen Vogelkundler und Hobbyornithologen die Übersetzung vor. Fliegen wie ein Vogel - das ist für viele Mensche
The Atlantic Alcidae : the evolution, distribution, and biology of the auks inhabiting the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent water areas( Book )

9 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summarizes information on the breeding biology, population ecology, evolution and conservation of the auks
Exploring the secrets of nature( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The red canary : the story of the first genetically engineered animal by Tim Birkhead( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The creation of Dolly the sheep in the 1990s was for many people the start of a new era: the age of genetically modified animals. But the idea of genetic engineering began much earlier. In the 1920s an amateur scientist, Hans Duncker, decided to create a red canary, paving the way for others to succeed in the 1960s." "Favoured orginally for their voice, canaries were once so rare they were worth more than their weight in gold. Kings and princes used them to woo their mistresses. By the middle of the nineteenth century canaries had become so popular that millions of males were exported from Europe to the United States to satisfy demand: canary mania. During the 1870s English canary breeders caused a scandal by feeding their birds red peppers to turn them orange." "Hans Duncker, a German school-teacher and bird enthusiast, decided to go one better and genetically engineer a red canary. After 1933 his genetic expertise and position as a teacher made him especially attractive to the new Nazi regime who saw him as a champion of their eugenic policies, but his relationship with the Nazis was not what it seemed. Throughout all this, Duncker's ingenious experiments failed to generate the red canary he so desperately sought. It wasn't until an Englishman, Anthony Gill, and an American, Charles Bennett, recognised that the red canary would need to be a product of both nature and nurture that the project was finally brought to fruition." "This highly original narrative, of huge contemporary relevance, reveals how the bird keepers' obsession with turning the wild canary from green, through yellow to red heralded the exciting but controversial developments in genetic manipulation."--Jacket
The Egg, Life's Perfect Invention( Visual )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The egg, life's perfect invention, nurtures and protects new life from the outside world. These remarkable structures are strong enough to withstand the full weight of an incubating parent and weak enough to allow a chick to break free. But how is an egg made and what is its purpose? From creation to hatching, join host David Attenborough as he reveals the wonder behind these miracles of nature
The magpies : the ecology and behaviour of black-billed and yellow-billed magpies by Tim Birkhead( Book )

16 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Magpies are unmistakeable in their appearance, voice and extrovert, arrogant manner. While their persecution at the hands of gamekeepers over the last hundred years has made them wary and difficult to approach, a number of recent field studies, both in Europe and North America, have successfully revealed the intricacies of the magpie way of life. Two species of magpie feature in this book, the Black-billed Magpie, familiar to most Europeans, which occurs throughout much of the northern hemisphere, and the Yellow-billed Magpie, which is confined to California. Tim Birkhead has studied both species, and has produced a fascinating account of their ecology and behaviour. Many of the results from his ten-year study of magpies in northern England are published here for the first time. Particularly revealing however is his comparison of the two species and of their different races. Magpies occur in a wide range of habitats, including English farmland, the deserts of North America, the mountains of Saudi Arabia and the windswept plateaus of Tibet. As this book explains, magpies are able to exploit this diversity of habitats largely through their remarkably flexible social behaviour. The Magpies covers all aspects of their lives, including their marital relationships, food hoarding behaviour, longevity and survival, nesting behaviour, breeding success and their controversial relationship with man. The text is supported by numerous photographs, diagrams and tables, and superb illustrations by David Quinn."--Bloomsbury Publishing
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Sperm competition and sexual selection
Promiscuity : an evolutionary history of sperm competitionA brand-new bird : how two amateur scientists created the first genetically engineered animalSperm biology : an evolutionary perspectiveThe wisdom of birds : an illustrated history of ornithologyExploring the secrets of natureThe red canary : the story of the first genetically engineered animalThe magpies : the ecology and behaviour of black-billed and yellow-billed magpies
Alternative Names
Birkhead T.R.

Birkhead, T. R. 1950-

Birkhead, T. R. (Tim R.)

Birkhead, T. R. (Tim R.), 1950-

Birkhead, Tim.

Birkhead, Tim 1950-

Birkhead Tim R.

Birkhead, Tim R. 1950-

Birkhead, Timothy Rob 1950-

Birkhead, Timothy Robert 1950-

Tim Birkhead British zoologist and author

Tim Birkhead Brits zoöloog

تيم بيرخايد

버케드, T. R. 1950-

버케드, 팀 1950-

버키드, T. R. 1950-

버키드, 팀 1950-

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English (284)

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Dutch (4)

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