Endemic Bird Areas of the World: Priorities for Biodiversity Conservationby Alison J. Stattersfield, Michael Crosby, Adrian Long, David Wege
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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