Sturkie's Avian Physiology, 6th Edition

Sturkie's Avian Physiology, 6th Edition,Colin Scanes,ISBN9780124071605

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A key reference for researchers and academics studying the physiology of birds

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  • Includes new chapters on endocrine disruptors, magnetoreception, genomics, proteomics, mitochondria, control of food intake, molting, stress, the avian endocrine system, bone, the metabolic demands of migration, behavior and control of body temperature
  • Features extensively revised chapters on the cardiovascular system, pancreatic hormones, respiration, pineal gland, pituitary gland, thyroid, adrenal gland, muscle, gastro-intestinal physiology, incubation, circadian rhythms, annual cycles, flight, the avian immune system, embryo physiology and control of calcium.
  • Stands out as the only comprehensive, single volume devoted to bird physiology
  • Offers a full consideration of both blood and avian metabolism on the companion website ( 9780124071605). Tables feature hematological and serum biochemical parameters together with circulating concentrations of glucose in more than 200 different species of wild birds


Sturkie's Avian Physiology is the classic comprehensive single volume on the physiology of domestic as well as wild birds. The Sixth Edition is thoroughly revised and updated, and features several new chapters with entirely new content on such topics as migration, genomics and epigenetics. Chapters throughout have been greatly expanded due to the many recent advances in the field. The text also covers the physiology of flight, reproduction in both male and female birds, and the immunophysiology of birds.

The Sixth Edition, like the earlier editions, is a must for anyone interested in comparative physiology, poultry science, veterinary medicine, and related fields. This volume establishes the standard for those who need the latest and best information on the physiology of birds.


Researchers in comparative physiology, animal physiology, and ornithology, behavioral and ecological biology and ecology; as well as advanced undergraduate & graduate students in these areas

Colin Scanes

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA

Sturkie's Avian Physiology, 6th Edition

Sturkie's Avian Physiology, 6th Ed.

1. Avian Genomics

Jerry Dodgson

2. Transcriptomics of Physiological Systems

Tom E. Porter

3. Avian Proteomics

Dusan Kunec and Shane C. Burgess

4. Mitochondrial Physiology

Walter G. Bottje

5. The Avian Somatosensory System: A Comparative View

Martin Wild

6. Avian Hearing

Christine Köppl

7. The Chemical Senses in Birds

Larry Clark, Julie C. Hagelin and Scott J. Werner

8. Magnetoreception in Birds and Its Use for Long-distance Migration

Henrik Mouritsen

9. The Avian Subpallium and Autonomic Nervous System

Wayne J. Kuenzel

10. Blood

Colin G. Scanes

11. The Cardiovascular System

Ed Dzialowski

12. Osmoregulatory Systems of Birds

Eldon J. Braun

13. Respiration

Frank L. Powell

14. Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology

D. Michael Denbow

15. Poultry Bone Development and Bone Disorders

Mark Pines and R. Reshef

16. Skeletal Muscle

Sandra Velleman and Douglas McFarland

17. The Avian Immune System

Pete Kaiser and Adam Balic

18. Carbohydrate Metabolism

Colin G. Scanes

19. Adipose Tissue and Lipid Metabolism

Johan Buyse and Eddy Decuypere

20. Protein Metabolism

Colin G. Scanes

21. Food Intake Regulation

D. Michael Denbow and Mark A. Cline

22. Avian Endocrine System

Colin G. Scanes

23. Pituitary Gland

Colin G. Scanes

24. Thyroids

Anne McNabb and Veerle M. Darras

25. The Role of Hormones in the Regulation of Bone Turnover and Eggshell Calcification

Christopher Dacke, Toshe Sugiyama and Carol Gay

26. Adrenals

Rocco V. Carsia

27. Endocrine Pancreas

Joëlle Dupont, Nicole Rideau and Jean Simon

28. Reproduction in the Female

Alan L. Johnson

29. Reproduction in Male Birds

Jorge Vizcarra, Rebecca Allen and John D. Kirby

30. Reproductive Behavior

Pierre Deviche

31. Brooding

Yupaporn Chaiseha and Mohamed E. El Halawani

32. The Physiology of the Avian Embryo

Casey A. Mueller, Warren W. Burggren, and Hiroshi Tazawa

33. Stress in Birds

Julio Blas

34. Circadian Rhythms

Vincent M. Cassone and Vinod Kumar

35. Circannual Cycles and Photoperiodism

Vincent M. Cassone and Takashi Yoshimura

36. Annual Schedules

Thomas P. Hahn, Kathleen Brazeal, Elizabeth M. Schultz, Helen E. Chmura, Jamie M. Cornelius, Heather E. Watts, and Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton

37. Regulation of Body Temperature - Strategies and Mechanisms

Shlomo Yahav

38. Avian Molting

Alistair Dawson

39. Flight

Charles Michael Bishop and Patrick Butler

40. Physiological Challenges of Migration

Eldon Braun

41. Actions of Toxicants and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Birds

Mary Ann Ottinger, Meredith Bohannon, Leah Carpenter, Tiffany Carro, Johanna Rochester, and Karen Dean

Quotes and reviews

"…represents a benchmark for those who are interested in avian physiology...a first place to start when researchers in comparative physiology, animal physiology, and ornithology approach the literature."--Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, Sturkie's Avian Physiology, 6th Edition

"...a very comprehensive book that should be in the library of anyone interested in avian comparative physiology, veterinary medicine, and related fields."--JAVMA

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