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Essentials of animal behaviour

Essentials of animal behaviour

Slater, P. J. B. (Peter James Bramwell), 1942-

Essentials of Animal Behaviour is an introduction to the study of animal behaviour and is primarily intended for first or second year undergraduates attending short courses in the subject. The book concentrates on putting across the basic principles as briefly and lucidly as possible with the aid of carefully selected examples from both the recent and classic literature, together with numerous illustrations. It will enthuse readers with this active and exciting area of research, and will lay a solid foundation on which further study may be based. Its simple and readable style, helped by an extensive glossary, will also make it useful to senior level school students, their teachers and those with a general interest in the subject. It will be particularly rewarding for all those needing the basics in animal behaviour, behavioural ecology and comparative psychology

Book. English.
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 1999

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Statement of responsibility: P.J.B. Slater
ISBN: 052162004X, 0521629969, 9780521620048, 9780521629966
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-210) and index.
Note: BIO.
Physical Description: x, 233 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm.
Series: Studies in biology
Subject: Animal behavior.


  1. Preface
  2. 1. Asking questions about behaviour
  3. 2. Motor patterns
  4. 3. Sensory systems
  5. 4. Motivation
  6. 5. Development
  7. 6. Evolution
  8. 7. Function
  9. 8. Communication
  10. 9. Social organisation
  11. Glossary
  12. Suggested further reading
  13. List of species names
  14. Index.


' ... a book that deserves success as a text for its achievement in combining an easy, conversational style with sharp analytical rigour. It will spark the enthusiasm of students for the science of animal behaviour, and will at the same time give them a sound understanding of the foundations of current research.' Patrick R. Green, Animal Behaviour||'This is an example of the ideal textbook: clear, accessible, and pointing its readers in the direction of further knowledge. As such it will not only help those embarking upon a study of animal behaviour but it could also act as a model for would-be authors in any field. Strongly recommended!' Journal of Biological Education||'The smooth flow of ideas and clear writing, aided by a simple format and easy style, invite one to read on ... and on! ... an excellent introduction to a subject that has generated more heat than light in the past.' Journal of Biological Education||'Peter Slater has written a good overview of the whole subject, illustrated with numerous examples.' M. P. Ripley, Biologist||'... soundly and usefully achieves its stated aims and so is to be recommended.' Felicity Huntingford, Glasgow Naturalist