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Birkhead, Tim

Works: 83 works in 313 publications in 6 languages and 11,769 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Reference works  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: QL672.2, 598
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Tim Birkhead
Most widely held works by Tim Birkhead
The Cambridge encyclopedia of ornithology( Book )

10 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bird sense : what it's like to be a bird by Tim Birkhead( Book )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,233 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 )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 892 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 )

11 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned ornithologist Tim 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
Ten thousand birds : ornithology since Darwin by Tim Birkhead( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 599 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
The wisdom of birds : an illustrated history of ornithology by Tim Birkhead( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 547 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
Sperm competition and sexual selection by Tim Birkhead( Book )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 469 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 survival factor by Mike Birkhead( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes survival strategies which determine an animal's life, involving a wide range of physical and behavioral characteristics
A brand-new bird : how two amateur scientists created the first genetically engineered animal by Tim Birkhead( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 334 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
Exploring the secrets of nature( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the complexities of animal behavior, including social interaction, food gathering, defense, mating, communication, and migration, and looks at a variety of species
Sperm competition in birds : evolutionary causes and consequences by Tim Birkhead( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Atlantic Alcidae : the evolution, distribution, and biology of the auks inhabiting the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent water areas( Book )

8 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summarizes information on the breeding biology, population ecology, evolution and conservation of the auks
The magpies : the ecology and behaviour of black-billed and yellow-billed magpies by Tim Birkhead( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 248 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
The red canary : the story of the first genetically engineered animal by Tim Birkhead( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 208 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. However, the idea was not new, for in the 1920s an amateur scientist, Hans Duncker, decided to genetically engineer a red canary. Favored originally for their voice, by the middle of the nineteenth century canaries had become so popular that millions were exported from Europe to the United States to satisfy demand. During the 1870s, English canary breeders caused a scandal by feeding their birds red peppers to turn them orange. In the 1930s, Duncker's genetics efforts caught the attention of the Nazi regime who saw him as a champion of their eugenic policies, even though his ingenious experiments were not successful. Nonetheless, Duncker's work paved the way thirty years later for an Englishman, Anthony Gill, and an American, Charles Bennett, to succeed, after recognizing that the red canary would need to be a product of both nature and nurture. In Tim Birkhead's masterful hands, this highly original narrative reveals how the obsession of bird keepers turned the wild canary from green to red, and in the process, heralded exciting but controversial developments in genetic manipulation
Sperm biology : an evolutionary perspective by Tim Birkhead( Book )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 202 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
Census methods for murres, Uria species : a unified approach by Tim Birkhead( Book )

9 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents methods for estimating population size and population status of common murres and thick-billed murres
Die Sinne der Vögel oder Wie es ist, ein Vogel zu sein by Tim Birkhead( )

1 edition published in 2015 in German and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Virtuoso by nature : the scientific worlds of Francis Willughby FRS (1635-1672)( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 31 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
L'oiseau et ses sens by Tim Birkhead( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in French and English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other. Our affinity for birds is often said to be the result of shared senses - vision and hearing - but how exactly do their senses compare with our own? And what about a birds' sense of taste, or smell, or touch or the ability to detect the earth's magnetic field? Or the extraordinary ability of desert birds to detect rain hundreds of kilometres away - how do they do it? Bird Sense is based on a conviction that we have consistently underestimated what goes on in a bird's head. Our understanding of bird behaviour is simultaneously informed and constrained by the way we watch and study them. By drawing attention to the way these frameworks both facilitate and inhibit discovery, it identifies ways we can escape from them to seek new horizons in bird behaviour. There has never been a popular book about the senses of birds. No one has previously looked at how birds interpret the world or the way the behaviour of birds is shaped by their senses. A lifetime spent studying birds has provided Tim Birkhead with a wealth of observation and an understanding of birds and their behaviour that is firmly grounded in science."
Het vogelei : wonder van volmaaktheid by Tim Birkhead( Book )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in Dutch and English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Specialistische studie van en tocht door vogeleieren, van buitenkant tot dooier, van bevruchting tot uitkomen van het jong. Geplaatst in historisch perspectief, van eierverzamelaars tot geavanceerde onderzoekers van nu
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Promiscuity : an evolutionary history of sperm competition
Alternative Names
Birkhead, T.R.

Birkhead, T. R. 1950-

Birkhead, T. R. (Tim R.)

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

버케드, T. R. 1950-

버케드, 팀 1950-

버키드, T. R. 1950-

버키드, 팀 1950-

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The wisdom of birds : an illustrated history of ornithologySperm competition and sexual selectionA brand-new bird : how two amateur scientists created the first genetically engineered animalExploring the secrets of natureThe magpies : the ecology and behaviour of black-billed and yellow-billed magpiesThe red canary : the story of the first genetically engineered animalSperm biology : an evolutionary perspective