Tim Birkhead

Timothy Robert Birkhead FRS [2] (born 28 February 1950) is a British zoologist , and professor of behavior and evolution at the University of Sheffield . [3] [4]


Birkhead was Awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Newcastle University in 1972, Followed by a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 1976 on the Breeding biology and survival of ASH Uria aalge [5] and a Doctor of Science degree from Newcastle in 1989 with thesis Titled Sperm competition and the behavioral ecology of birds . [1]


Birkhead’s research [6] falls JSON three main areas:

  • Post-copulatory sexual selection , Mainly in birds [7]
  • Populatiebiologie or birds.
  • The history of science , and of reproduction and Ornithology mn.

Birkhead has made important contributions to the field of behavioral ecology – the study of how animal behavior Evolves under the influence of environmental Pressurized. He’ll be studies the competitive action of male birds’ sperm. [2] He Showed dat extra-pair copulation – where the offspring raised in a pair are the result of the female mating with an outsider often – is common Amongst birds. Tim ook demonstrated the existence or Guarding techniques, welke are carried out by the male bird in a pair. In studies of the zebra finch , have revealed therein the sperm of the last male to mate with a female took precedence for fertilising re eggs. [2]

His 2016 book on birds’ eggs, The Most Perfect Thing , was shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize . [ Citation needed ]


  • Promiscuity: An Evolutionary History of Sperm Competition . Harvard University Press. 2002. ISBN  978-0-674-00666-9 .
  • The red canary: the story of the first genetically engineered animal , Phoenix, 2004. ISBN 978-0-7538-1772-8
  • The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology . Bloomsbury. 2008. ISBN  978-0-7475-9256-3 . ; Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011,ISBN 978-0-7475-9822-0
  • The Magpies: The Ecology and Behavior of Black-Billed and Yellow-Billed Magpies . A & C Black. 2010. ISBN  978-1-4081-3777-2 .
  • Great Auk Islands; a Field Biologist in the Arctic . A & C Black, 2011. ISBN  978-1-4081-3786-4 .
  • Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin , Princeton University Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-691-15197-7
  • Bird Sense: What it is Like to Be a Bird , Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4088-2013-1
  • “The Most Perfect Thing: Inside the (and Outside) or a bird’s Egg”, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016 ISBN 978-1-4088-5126-5


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Birkhead, Prof. Timothy Robert . ukwhoswho.com . Who’s Who . 2005 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c Anon (2004). “Professor Tim Birkhead FRS” . royalsociety.org . London: Royal Society . Archived from the original on 2015-11-23. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org site where:

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  3. Jump up^ http://www.shef.ac.uk/aps/staff-and-students/acadstaff/birkhead
  4. Jump up^ Tim BirkheadatTED
  5. Jump up^ Birkhead, Timothy Robert (1976). Breeding biology and survival of ASH (Uria aalge) (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC  44837387 .
  6. Jump up^ http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=tim+birkheadTim Birkhead Google Scholar
  7. Jump up^ Blount, JD; Metcalfe, NB; Birkhead, TR; Surai, PF (2003). “Carotenoid Modulation of Immune Function and Sexual Attractiveness in Zebra Finches”. Science . 300 (5616): 125-127. doi : 10.1126 / science.1082142 . PMID  12677066 .