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Avian Flight

John J. Videler


Bird flight has always intrigued mankind. This book provides an up-to-date account of the existing knowledge on the subject, offering new insights and challenges some established views. A brief history of the science of flight introduces the basic physical principles governing aerial locomotion. This is followed by chapters on the flight-related functional morphology. The anatomy of the flight apparatus includes the wings, tail, and body. Treatment of the wings emphasizes the difference in shape of the arm and hand part. The structural complexity and mechanical properties of feathers receive s ... More

Keywords: bird flight, physics, functional anatomy, wings, evolution, flight styles, muscles, forces, energy, metabolic costs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199299928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. Videler, author
Groningen University and Leiden University, The Netherlands