Birds of Thailand

Birds of Thailand

by Craig Robson, Richard Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691007012

ISBN-13: 9780691007014

Pub. Date: 10/07/2002

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Thailand is the mecca of birding in Southeast Asia. It's convenient to get to and get around, and its birdlife is wondrously diverse, exotic, and plentiful. With Birds of Thailand, Craig Robson and fourteen leading illustrators give us the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and concise field guide to this magnificent country's rich avifaunal heritage in recent

Overview

Thailand is the mecca of birding in Southeast Asia. It's convenient to get to and get around, and its birdlife is wondrously diverse, exotic, and plentiful. With Birds of Thailand, Craig Robson and fourteen leading illustrators give us the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and concise field guide to this magnificent country's rich avifaunal heritage in recent years, covering the more than 950 species recorded as of early in the new millennium.

Facing each of the 128 striking, full-color plates are species accounts accompanied by maps for each, illustrating precise distribution within Thailand. The accurate text covers identification, voice, habitat, behavior, range, status, and breeding for all species and subspecies. Illustrations and entries on a number of species recorded only quite recently are also included.

The country's varied habitats assure something for every birder, from freshwater marshes to coastal areas, from fields and rice paddies to lush jungles and mangrove forests. In Thailand, one can delight in the brilliantly colored pittas, broadbills, and sunbirds; the deep, dazzling green of barbets, parrots, parakeets, and leafbirds; the aptly named frogmouths; the roosterlike resplendence of the (male) red junglefowl; the ruff, whose breeding male in full plumage sports a truly singular head; and much, much more.

Birders and all ecologically minded travelers daydreaming of a voyage to this gem of a country will want the latest source of thorough information on its birdlife—in a highly portable, pithy, and vividly illustrated guide. What they will want is Craig Robson's Birds of Thailand.

  • Comprehensive field guide written specifically for this magnificent, bird-rich country
  • 128 full-color plates by expert artists covering every major plumage variation, with juveniles also illustrated where notably distinct from males and females
  • Over 950 maps for individual species illustrating their precise distribution within Thailand
  • Accurate, up-to-date, and concise text covering identification, voice, habitat and behavior, range, status, and breeding of all species and distinctive subspecies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691007014
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/07/2002
Series:
Princeton Field Guides Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
399,825
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Avian topography 7
Plates and species accounts 8
PHASIANIDAE Partridges, quails, pheasants, etc. 8
DENDROCYGNIDAE Whistling-ducks 14
ANATIDAE 14
ANATINAE 14
Anserini Geese, atypical ducks, pygmy geese 14 & 18
Anatini Typical ducks 16
TURNICIDAE Buttonquails 8
INDICATORIDAE Honeyguides 22
PICIDAE Wrynecks, piculets, typical woodpeckers 22
MEGALAIMIDAE Asian barbets 30
BUCEROTIDAE Asian hornbills 32
UPUPIDAE Hoopoes 50
TROGONIDAE 36
Harpactini Asian trogons 36
CORACIIDAE Rollers 48
ALCEDINIDAE Smaller kingfishers 38
HALCYONIDAE Larger kingfishers 36
CERYLIDAE Pied kingfishers 40
MEROPIDAE Bee-eaters 40
CUCULIDAE Old World cuckoos 42
CENTROPODIDAE Coucals 42
PSITTACIDAE Parrots and parakeets 50
APODIDAE Swifts 52
HEMIPROCNIDAE Treeswifts 54
TYTONIDAE Barn and bay owls 54
STRIGIDAE Typical owls 54
BATRACHOSTOMIDAE Asian frogmouths 60
EUROSTOPODIDAE Eared nightjars 58
CAPRIMULGIDAE 60
CAPRIMULGINAE Typical nightjars 60
COLUMBIDAE Pigeons and doves 62
GRUIDAE 144
GRUINAE Typical cranes 144
HELIORNITHIDAE Finfoots 70
RALLIDAE Rails, gallinules, coots 70
SCOLOPACIDAE 74
SCOLOPACINAE Woodcocks, snipes 74
TRINGINAE Sandpipers, phalaropes, etc. 76
ROSTRATULIDAE Painted-snipes 74
JACANIDAE Jacanas 78
BURHINIDAE Thick-knees 90
CHARADRIIDAE 90
RECURVIROSTRINAE 90
Recurvirostrini Stilts, avocets 90
CHARADRIINAE Plovers, lapwings 92
GLAREOLIDAE 90
DROMADINAE Crab-plover 90
GLAREOLINAE Pratincoles 92
LARIDAE 98
LARINAE 98
Stercorariini Jaegers 98
Rynchopini Skimmers 98
Larini Gulls 100
Sternini Terns, noddies 102
ACCIPITRIDAE 110
PANDIONINAE Osprey 114
ACCIPITRINAE Hawks, eagles 110
FALCONIDAE Falcons 130
PODICIPEDIDAE Grebes 20
PHAETHONTIDAE Tropicbirds 146
SULIDAE Boobies 148
ANHINGIDAE Darters 134
PHALACROCORACIDAE Cormorants 134
ARDEIDAE Egrets, herons, bitterns 136
THRESKIORNITHIDAE Ibises, spoonbills 134 & 142
PELECANIDAE 146
PELECANINAE Pelicans 146
CICONIIDAE 142
CICONIINAE Storks 142
FREGATIDAE Frigatebirds 146
PROCELLARIIDAE 148
PROCELLARIINAE Shearwaters and allies 148
HYDROBATINAE Storm-petrels 148
PITTIDAE Pittas 150
EURYLAIMIDAE 152
CALYPTOMENINAE Green broadbills 154
EURYLAIMINAE Typical broadbills 152
PARDALOTIDAE 216
ACANTHIZINAE 216
Acanthizini Gerygones and allies 216
IRENIDAE Fairy bluebirds, leafbirds 154
LANIIDAE Shrikes 156
CORVIDAE 156
CINCLOSOMATINAE Rail-babblers and allies 156
PACHYCEPHALINAE 180
Pachycephalini Whistlers and allies 180
CORVINAE 158 & 198
Corvini Jays, magpies, treepies, crows, etc. 158
Artaniini Woodswallows and allies 198
Oriolini Orioles, cuckooshrikes, minivets, etc. 162
DICRURINAE 158 & 170
Rhipidurini Fantails 170
Dicrurini Drongos 158
Monarchini Monarchs, paradise-flycatchers, etc. 172
AEGITHININAE Ioras 170
MALACONOTINAE 172
Vangini Pbilentomas, woodshrikes and allies 172
CINCLIDAF Dippers 178
MUSCICAPIDAE 174
TURDINAE Thrushes, shortwings 174 & 194
MUSCICAPINAE 180
Muscicapini Old World flycatchers 180
Saxicolini Chats and allies 178 & 190
STURNIDAE 198
Sturnini Starlings, mynas 198
SITTIDAE 204
SITTINAE Nuthatches 204
CERTHIIDAE 204
CERTHIINAE 204
Certhiini Treecreepers 204
PARIDAE 204
REMIZINAE Penduline tits 204
PARINAE Typical tits 204
AEGITHALIDAE Long-tailed tits 206
HIRUNDINIDAE 206
PSEUDOCHELIDONINAE River martins 206
HIRUNDININAE Martins, swallows 206
PYCNONOTIDAE Bulbuls 210
CISTICOLIDAE African warblers (cisticolas, prinias, etc.) 216
ZOSTEROPIDAE White-eyes228
SYLVIIDAE 216
ACROCEPHALINAE Tesias, warblers, wilorbirds, etc. 218
MEGALURINAE Grassbirds 216
GARRULACINAE Laughingthrushes 230
SYLVIINAE 216
Timaliini Babblers 232
Sylviini Sylvia warblers 216
ALAUDIDAE Larks 254
NECTARINIIDAE 246
NECTARINIINAE 246
Dicaeini Flowerpeckers 246
Nectariniini Sunbirds, spiderhunters 246
PASSERIDAE 252
PASSERINAE Sparrows 256
MOTACILLINAE Wagtails, pipits 252
PLOCEINAE Weavers 256
ESTRILDINAE 256
Estrildini Estrildine finches (Munias, parrotfinches, etc.) 256
FRINGILLIDAE 258
FRINGILLINAE 258
Fringillini Chaffinches, Brambling 258
Carduelini Finches, grosbeaks and allies 260
EMBERIZINAE 262
Emberizini Buntings and allies 262
Glossary 264
Selected bibliography 265
Index 266
Acknowledgements 272
Ornithological regions in Thailand . . . end paper

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