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The Birds of South America: The Oscine Passerines Volume 1

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A land of incredible natural resources, the South American continent is rich in plant and animal species. Among birds alone, over 3,100 species are either resident or migrant. Birds are some of South America's treasures and also one of its most endangered resources. Hence the need for a descriptive record of South American birds that will serve both professional and amateur bird students and encourage conservation of these magnificent species.

Although South American birds ...

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Overview

A land of incredible natural resources, the South American continent is rich in plant and animal species. Among birds alone, over 3,100 species are either resident or migrant. Birds are some of South America's treasures and also one of its most endangered resources. Hence the need for a descriptive record of South American birds that will serve both professional and amateur bird students and encourage conservation of these magnificent species.

Although South American birds elicit much popular and scientific interest, they have never been completely or satisfactorily described and cataloged in a single, published source. The Birds of South America, projected to be a four-volume work, thus fills a critical void. Starting from a museum approach, the authors have examined specimens of each subspecies, comparing them visually and trying to discern the patterns in their plumage variation, both intra- and inter-specifically. They take a new look at bird systematics, reassessing relationships in light of new information. Perhaps most important, they combine this review and analysis with extensive field observations to give an accurate, incisive portrait of the birds in nature.

At a time when rapid development is devastating millions of acres of tropical habitat in South America, this record of an endangered resource becomes crucial. If the birds and other plants and animals of South America are to be saved, they must first be known and appreciated. The Birds of South America is a major step in that direction.

Volume I includes the Jays and Swallows; Wrens, Thrushes, and Allies; Vireos and Wood-warblers; Tanagers, Icterids, and Finches.

The remaining volumes of The Birds of South America will be:

  • Volume III: The Nonpasserines (Landbirds)
  • Volume IV: The Nonpasserines (Waterbirds)

No release date has been set for the remaining volumes.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
This is the first of four volumes. It is eagerly welcomed by those who have struggled with Meyer de Schauensee's unillustrated classic (1970). Tudor has provided an abundant treasury of paintings which are excellently printed in color. Ridgely (Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia) begins with habitats, biogeography, migration, conservation, then provides thorough descriptions of some 700 species, their identification, similiar species, habitat and behavior, and range (accompanied by range maps). A splendid beginning. The bad news is that the next volume will not be ready until after summer 1990. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292707566
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1989
  • Pages: 516
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.19 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Abbreviations 2
Plan of the Book 3
Habitats 15
Biogeography 23
Migration 29
Conservation 31
The Plates 38
The Oscines, Order Passeriformes
Jays: Corvidae 40
Swallows and Martins: Hirundinidae 49
Wrens: Troglodytidae 67
Old World Warblers (Gnatwrens, Gnatcatchers): Sylviidae 99
Solitaires, Thrushes, and Allies: Turdidae 105
Dippers: Cinclidae 130
Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Allies: Mimidae 132
Pipits and Wagtails: Motacillidae 138
Larks: Alaudidae 144
Vireos: Vireonidae 145
Wood-Warblers: Parulinae 161
Tanagers: Thraupinae 198
Bananaquit: Coerebinae 221
Plushcap: Catamblyrhynchinae 273
American Orioles and Blackbirds: Icterinae 338
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Allies: Cardinalinae 381
Emberizine Finches: Emberizinae 398
Cardueline Finches: Fringillidae 484
Appendix Casual Migrants from North America 493
Bibliography 496
Index to English Names 503
Index to Scientific Names 510
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