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The Social Life of Greylag Geese

Patterns, Mechanisms and Evolutionary Function in an Avian Model System

Isabella B. R. Scheiber (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands) Brigitte M. Weiss (Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen, Germany) Josef Hemetsberger Kurt Kotrschal

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Cambridge University Press
14 November 2019
The flock of greylag geese established by Konrad Lorenz in Austria in 1973 has become an influential model animal system and one of the few worldwide with complete life-history data spanning several decades. Based on the unique records of nearly 1000 free-living greylag geese, this is a synthesis of more than twenty years of behavioural research. It provides a comprehensive overview of a complex bird society, placing it in an evolutionary framework and drawing on a range of approaches, including behavioural (personality, aggression, pair bonding and clan formation), physiological, cognitive and genetic. With contributions from leading researchers, the chapters provide valuable insight into historic and recent research on the social behaviour of geese. All aspects of goose and bird sociality are discussed in the context of parallels with mammalian social organisation, making this a fascinating resource for anyone interested in integrative approaches to vertebrate social systems.
Edited by:   Isabella B. R. Scheiber (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen The Netherlands), Brigitte M. Weiss (Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen, Germany), Josef Hemetsberger, Kurt Kotrschal
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9781108810555
ISBN 10:   1108810551
Pages:   255
Publication Date:   14 November 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Isabella B. R. Scheiber is a visiting researcher at the Behavioural Ecology and Self-Organization Group of Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands, and an Associate Scientist at Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle, Austria. Brigitte M. Weiss is a visiting researcher at the Institute of Evolution and Ecology, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen, Germany and an associate scientist at Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle, Austria. Josef Hemetsberger is a scientist at the Department of Behavioural Biology, Universitat Wien, Austria, and Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle, Austria. Kurt Kotrschal is Professor of Zoology at the Department of Behavioural Biology, Universitat Wien, Austria, and Director of Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle, Austria.

Reviews for The Social Life of Greylag Geese: Patterns, Mechanisms and Evolutionary Function in an Avian Model System

'[This] book provides fascinating insights into the complex social world of greylag geese and will be interesting for anyone with an interest in social organization and sociality.' Ralf H. J. M. Kurvers, The Quarterly Review of Biology The book provides fascinating insights into the complex social world of Greylag geese and will be interesting for anyone with an interest in social organization and sociality. Ralf H. J. M. Kurvers, The Quarterly Review of Biology


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