Birds of Northern South America: An Identification Guide, Volume 1: Species Accounts

Birds of Northern South America: An Identification Guide, Volume 1: Species Accounts


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Winner of the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) for Nature Guidebooks

The two companion volumes of this extensive and detailed guide make a groundbreaking contribution to bird guide literature: they not only provide detailed accounts of every known bird species in the vast region from Ecuador to French Guiana but also, for the first time, illustrate virtually every plumage variation in full color. The illustrations include adult males and females where different as well as intermediate plumages, juveniles, subspecies, morphs and other variants, and several hypothetical and unconfirmed species. In all, nearly 6,400 birds are depicted. Black-and-white drawings of significant aspects of plumage or behavior are also provided, as are color maps showing river systems, political boundaries and the confirmed distribution of all the species.
Volume 1 presents extensive species accounts, including information on habitat, vocalization, nomenclature, and the very latest taxonomy to subspecies level. An up-to-date discography lists all published CDs that contain recordings of birds of northern South America. Volume 2, designed for use in the field, contains complete range maps, Robin Restall’s immaculate and jewel-like paintings, and information about specific marks, habitat, and behavior to aid in identification.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300108620
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Pages: 880
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.88(d)

About the Author

Robin Restall is executive director, Clemencia Rodner is research associate, and Miguel Lentino is scientific director at the Phelps Institute for Ornithological Studies, Caracas, Venezuela.

Table of Contents

List of families     4
Preface     6
Acknowledgements     7
Introduction     9
Objectives of this book     9
Taxonomy     9
Nomenclature     9
Geographical area covered     10
Moult and ageing     10
How to use this book     12
Concept of the book     12
The species accounts     12
References and citations     13
The plates     13
The maps     14
Abbreviated information     14
Errors and corrections     16
Bird topography     17
Climate, vegetation and habitats     18
Glossary of habitats     20
Avifauna of Northern South America     22
Migration     23
Nearctic migrants     23
Austral migrants     24
Intra-tropical migrants     25
Conservation     24
The Species Accounts     27
A Discography of Northern South American bird voices   Shaun Peters     778
Glossary     811
Organisations     812
Bibliography     813
Index     835

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