Those who are unfamiliar with grebes tend to think of them as odd ducks, but their strange behaviours reveal them to be fascinating and intriguing birds. Grebes are unusual and unique in many ways: their habit of feather-eating; their method of sunbathing; their special method of underwater propulsion; the unusual structure of their feet; their courtship behaviour; and their floating nests. As the birds are dependent upon shallow wetlands, they are strongly affected and threatened by our use of their habitats, leading to dwindling populations and even extinction of some species. In this new addition to the Bird Families of the World series Jon Fjeldsa, a renowned expert on the grebes, provides an overview of the results of all the research that has been done on grebes. Part I contains a brief presentation of the grebe family, constraints of diving, the relationships between grebes and divers, and the morphology of grebes. Part II covers their biogeography, ecological distribution, feeding eco
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Author Biography - Jon Fjeldsa
Jon Fjeldsa is the Professor of Biodiversity at the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on the systematics and biogeography of birds, with special emphasis on the tropical Andes region of South America and eastern Africa. He also teaches tropical ecology. Professor Fjeldsa is an experienced author, with five previous ornithological titles to his name, covering a wide range of topics.