Field Guide to the Songbirds of South America: The Passerines

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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 that provide full scientific coverage of the ...
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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 that provide full scientific coverage of the continent’s passerines.
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 is 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, appear 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; general behavior and voice; and range beyond South America, if applicable
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292719798
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 822,138
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (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 Fundación 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
Introduction

The Species Accounts

Miners and Leaftossers: Scleruridae
Ovenbirds: Furnariidae
Woodcreepers: Dendrocolaptidae
Typical Antbirds: Thamnophilidae
Antthrushes: Formicariidae
Antpittas: Grallariidae
Gnateaters: Conopophagidae
Crescentchests: Melanopareiidae
Tapaculos: Rhinocryptidae
Tyrant Flycatchers: Tyrannidae
Tityras, Becards, and Allies: Tityridae
Sapayoa: Sapayaoidae
Manakins: Pipridae
Sharpbill: Oxyruncidae
Cotingas: Cotingidae
Crows and Jays: Corvidae
Swallows and Martins: Hirundinidae
Donacobius: Donacobiidae
Wrens: Troglodytidae
Thrushes: Turdidae
Dippers: Cinclidae
Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Mimidae
Gnatcatchers and Gnatwrens: Polioptilidae
Pipits and Wagtails: Motacillidae
Larks: Alaudidae
Vireos: Vireonidae
New World Warblers: Parulidae
Tanagers: Thraupidae
Bananaquit: Coerebidae
Grosbeaks, Saltators, and Allies: Cardinalidae
Emberizine Finches: Emberizidae
Cardueline Finches: Fringillidae
Waxbills, Munias, and Allies: Estrildidae
Old World Sparrows and Snowfinches: Passeridae
Weavers and Widowbirds: Ploceidae
Starlings: Sturnidae
New World Blackbirds: Icteridae

Notes on Taxonomy and English Names
Bibliography
Index to English Names
Index to Scientific Names

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