Avian species can be found on every continent and subcontinent across the globe. They have remarkably adaptive physiological and behavioural strategies for breeding and survival. They are domesticated as pets, used as livestock, provide important laboratory models for basic scientific research, and their numbers in the wild often indicate stresses in the environment.
Written by leading researchers in the field, Avian Endocrinology provides a definitive and comprehensive review of all aspects relating to hormones in birds both wild and domestic. Divided into nine sections, the book covers behavioural endocrinology, circadian and seasonal cycles, gonadal function, maternal contribution to eggs, prolactin, growth hormone, appetite and osmoregulation, stress, and immune function.
Research which leads to better knowledge of the avian endocrine system will lead to better breeding of livestock, better understanding of stresses on the environment, and ultimately shed light on how these stresses can affect humans. Extensively illustrated with tables, charts, and diagrams, Avian Endocrinology presents in-depth, up-to-date information and demonstrates how much the field has advanced over the past 25 years.
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