Field Guide to the Songbirds of South America: The Passerines

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Overview

With the publication of the landmark volumes The Birds of South America: The Oscine Passerines and The Birds of South America: The Suboscine Passerines, Robert S. Ridgely and Guy Tudor established themselves as the leading authorities on the songbirds of South America. Reviewers hailed the volumes as the essential reference works for professional ornithologists and avocational birders alike, and they remain the only volumes what provide full scientific coverage of the continent's passerines. In 2000, the widely read Web site World Twitch: Finding Rare Birds around the World (worldtwitch.com) named The Birds of South America volumes as "Best Bird Book of the 20th Century".

Recognizing the need for a more compact guide that birders can take into the field, Ridgely and Tudor have now extracted and updated the essential identification information from The Birds of South America to create the Field Guide to the Songbirds of South America. This definitive guide to filled with indispensable features:

121 color plates that present Guy Tudor's magnificently detailed paintings of more than 1,500 species of songbirds, including more than 400 that were not illustrated in BOSA

160 additional color illustrations of subspecies and females

Extensively updated color range maps for all of the species in the field guide, prepared by Robert S. Ridgely with technical assistance from Maria Allen and Terry Clarke, appearing opposite the plates for each bird family.

Robert S. Ridgely's authoritative accounts of nearly 2,000 species that cover each bird's abundance, habitat, and range; elevational preference; taxonomic or nomenclatural changes; plumage description; generalbehavior and voice, including much new information from the field; and range beyond South America, if applicable

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292717480
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT S. RIDGELY, a leading ornithologist and author of A Guide to the Birds of Panama and The Birds of Ecuador, is Deputy Director of World Land Trust-US. He has served on numerous conservation-related boards, and currently is especially involved with FundaciĆ³n Jocotoco in Ecuador, of which he is president.

GUY TUDOR, a MacArthur Fellow and well-known bird artist and naturalist, was the principal illustrator of A Guide to the Birds of Venezuela and A Guide to the Birds of Colombia.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

The Plates following page 6

The Species Accounts

Miners and Leaftossers: Scleuridae 263

Ovenbirds: Furnariidae 266

Miners and Leaftossers: Scleruride 312

Woodcreepers: Dendrocolaptidae 314

Antbirds: Thamnophilide 327

Antthrushers: Formicariidae 373

Antpittas: Grallariidae 376

Gnateaters: Conopophagidae 387

Crescentchests: Melanopareiidae 390

Tapaculos: Rhinocryptidae 392

Tyrant Flycatchers: Tyrannidae 401

Tityras, Becards, and Allies: Tityridae 481

Sapayoa: Sapayaoidae 487

Manakins: Pipridae 488

Sharpbill: Oxyruncidae 499

Cotingas: Contingidae 500

Crows and Jays: Corvidae 516

Swallows and Martins: Hirundinidae 520

Donacobius: Donacobiidae 526

Wrens: Troglodytidae 527

Thrushes: Turdidae 537

Dippers: Cinclidae 546

Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Mimidae 547

Gnatcatchers and Gnatwrens: Polioptilidae 549

Pipits and Wagtails: Motacillidae 552

Larks: Alaudidae 554

Vireos: Vireonidae 555

New World Warblers: Parulidae 561

Tanagers: Thraupidae 574

Bananaquit: Coerebidae 583

Tanagers: Thraupidae 584

Grosbeaks, Saltators, and Allies: Cardinalidae 624

Emberizine Finches: Emberizidae 630

New World Blackbirds: Icteridae 664

Cardueline Finches: Fringillidae 679

Waxbills, Munias, and Allies: Estrildidate 682

Old World Sparrows and Snowfinches: Passeridae 683

Weavers and Widowbirds: Ploceidae 683

Starlings: Sturnidae 683

Notes on Taxonomy and English Names 685

Bibliography 703

Index to English Names 705

Index to Scientific Names 727

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