Book details

Publication date: October 2019
Features: 36 images, notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: Parasitology / Ornithology
Subject(s): SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Ornithology, Environment, Animal Studies, Parasitology / Ornithology, NATURE / Animals / Birds, Wildlife: birds & birdwatching: general interest, Parasitology / Ornithology, Science
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Michael Stock. Michael Stock is a specialist of parasitology and Associate Professor in Biological Sciences at MacEwan University.

“Stock provides a fascinating glimpse into birds, their parasites, their mutual impact on one another, and the role of environmental characteristics on the relationship. Chapters cover primary types of avian parasites: lice, fleas, ticks, mites, flies, worms, and "oddities," such as moths, leeches, and bedbugs. What makes this book rich is the author's use of his examples illustrating types of birds and their parasites to explore larger issues…. Illustrations, references, a list for further reading, and an index add to the impact. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”

J.M. Miller, University of Toledo, CHOICE Magazine, December 2020

"This gentle introduction to the fascinating world of avian symbionts will appeal to naturalists, bird enthusiasts, and early-career biologists."

Heather Proctor, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

"Michael Stock’s entertaining and informative book introduces readers to the biology of parasites that live in and on birds, to the host-parasite coevolutionary interactions between these groups, and the myriad of fascinating adaptations that have resulted from this co-evolution."

Dale Clayton, Professor of Biology, University of Utah

INDIE Book of the Year Awards (Nature), Foreword INDIES, United States
Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society's Best Wildlife Publication Award in the Popular Category, Canada
Preface | IX

1 A World on a Bird  | 1
2 Lice
It’s a Beautiful Life | 17
3 Fleas
The Circus in the Zoo | 45
4 Tough Ticks  | 61
5 Mites
Little Things Mean a Lot | 75
6 Flying Zoo Flies  | 99
7 The Worms that Ate the Bird  | 119
8 Oddities in the Flying Zoo | 151
9 Flying Zoo Behaviour | 167
10 Environmental Impacts
The Future of the Flying Zoo | 193

Notes | 215
Further Reading | 235
Index | 239
ISBNs: 9781772123746 978-1-77212-374-6 Title: the flying zoo ISBNs: 9781772124408 978-1-77212-440-8 Title: the flying zoo ISBNs: 9781772126440 978-1-77212-644-0 Title: the flying zoo