Endemic Bird Areas of the World: Priorities for Biodiversity Conservation

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This comprehensive volume provides a detailed survey of 218 Endemic Bird Areas (EBAs) worldwide that support from two to sixty restricted-range species, many of which face extinction. It identifies some 2,700 species sheltered by the EBAs, describing their habitats, reviewing threats to the birds, and cataloging significant conservation efforts already underway. More than two hundred maps show EBA locations, pointing out important geographic features. Tables list restricted-range species found at each EBA, noting...
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Overview

This comprehensive volume provides a detailed survey of 218 Endemic Bird Areas (EBAs) worldwide that support from two to sixty restricted-range species, many of which face extinction. It identifies some 2,700 species sheltered by the EBAs, describing their habitats, reviewing threats to the birds, and cataloging significant conservation efforts already underway. More than two hundred maps show EBA locations, pointing out important geographic features. Tables list restricted-range species found at each EBA, noting for each its global status, habitat requirements, and distribution. An introduction prioritizes the EBAs on the basis of their biological importance and current threat levels. The authors discuss the relevance of these areas to conservation, noting the birds' value as indicators of overall biodiversity. They also explain how information about EBAs can be used to influence policymakers.

Drawing on broad conservation studies, this book is an authoritative reference not only for scientific advisors and conservationists but also for ornithologists and bird watchers who want to understand the importance of birds in maintaining biodiversity.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781560985747
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 3/17/1998
  • Series: Birdlife Conservation Series
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Acknowledgements 6
Summary 10
Biodiversity and Priority-Setting 13
Identifying Endemic Bird Areas 19
Global Analyses 27
The Prioritization of Endemic Bird Areas 39
The Conservation Relevance of Endemic Bird Areas 45
Endemic Bird Areas as Targets for Conservation Action 53
Regional Introductions 57
Endemic Bird Areas
Interpretation of a sample EBA account 94
North and Central America 96
South America 168
Africa, Europe and the Middle East 300
Continental Asia 400
South-East Asian Islands, New Guinea and Australia 462
Pacific Islands 576
Secondary Areas 653
App. 1 Restricted-range bird species listed by family 679
App. 2 EBAs and restricted-range bird species listed by country 725
App. 3 Unique EBA codes of the previous analysis 779
App. 4 Changes in the EBA analysis, 1992-1997 781
App. 5 Publications which have used information form BirdLife's Biodiversity Project 784
References 785
Index of restricted-range species 816
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