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This is a comprehensive historical record of all free-ranging bird species known to be breeding in Georgia around the beginning of the new millennium. The atlas profiles 182 species, from the sociable House Wren to the secretive Black Rail; from the thriving Red-shouldered Hawk to the threatened Wilson’s Plover. The atlas is the result of a systematic survey conducted from 1994 to 2001, the massive collaborative effort of several private organizations, public agencies, and many individuals. It offers a wealth of information critical to bird-conservation efforts and provides a baseline so that changes to species ranges, numbers, and other significant aspects of each species’ status can be better understood.

Each species account includes:
Color photograph of the bird
Information on the bird’s habitat and life history, distribution, population trends, and conservation status. Details discussed include diet, nesting habits, life cycle of the young, predators, and interactions with humans.
Color distribution map showing the state’s six ecoregions and indicating possible, probable, and confirmed breeding
Graphs showing population trends, when appropriate
Also included are chapters on the survey methodology, results of the surveys, influence of the physical environments of the state on bird distribution, changes in the avifauna since European settlement, and bird conservation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820328935
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 02/15/2010
Pages: 497
Sales rank: 419,058
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Todd M. Schneider (Editor)
TODD M. SCHNEIDER is a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Nongame Conservation Section.

Giff Beaton (Editor)
GIFF BEATON is active in several state birding organizations and is well known for his slide lectures and his photographs, which have appeared in many books and national magazines. Beaton is the author of Birding Georgia and coauthor of Birds of Georgia. He is a recipient of the Earle R. Greene Memorial Award of the Georgia Ornithological Society.

Timothy S. Keyes (Editor)
TIMOTHY S. KEYES is a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Nongame Conservation Section. He was named the Georgia Project Wild Facilitator of the Year in 2007.

Nathan A. Klaus (Editor)
NATHAN A. KLAUS is a senior wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Nongame Conservation Section.

Jim Wilson (Photographer)
JIM WILSON is the author or coauthor of five bird guides including Common Birds of Greater Atlanta (Georgia). He is past president of the Atlanta Audubon Society and served as Important Bird Areas coordinator for the state of Georgia from 2000 to 2006.

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Foreword, by Pierre Howard

The Atlas Survey
Atlas Results and Highlights
The Land, Climate, and Vegetation of Georgia
Changes in Georgia's Avifauna Since European Settlement
Avian Conservation

Species Accounts
   Canada Goose
   Wood Duck
   Mottled Duck
   Blue-winged Teal
   Hooded Merganser
   Plain Chachalaca
   Ruffed Grouse
   Wild Turkey
   Northern Bobwhite
   Pied-billed Grebe
   Brown Pelican
   Double-crested Cormorant
   Least Bittern
   Great Blue Heron
   Great Egret
   Snowy Egret
   Little Blue Heron
   Tricolored Heron
   Cattle Egret
   Green Heron
   Black-crowned Night-Heron
   Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
   White Ibis
   Glossy Ibis
   Wood Stork
   Black Vulture
   Turkey Vulture
   Swallow-tailed Kite
   Mississippi Kite
   Bald Eagle
   Sharp-shinned Hawk
   Cooper's Hawk
   Red-Shouldered Hawk
   Broad-winged Hawk
   Red-tailed Hawk
   Golden Eagle
   American Kestrel
   Peregrine Falcon
   Black Rail
   Clapper Rail
   King Rail
   Girginia Rail
   Purple Gallinule
   Common Moorhen
   American Coot
   Sandhill Crane
   Wilson's Plover
   American Oystercatcher
   Black-necked Stilt
  American Woodcock
   Laughing Gull
   Least Tern
   Gull-billed Tern
   Royal Tern
   Sandwich Tern
   Black Skimmer
   Rock Pigeon
   Eurasian Collared-Dove
   Mourning Dove
   Common Ground-Dove
   Monk Parakeet
   Yellow-billed Cuckoo
   Barn Owl
   Eastern Screech-Owl
   Great Horned Owl
   Burrowing Owl
   Barred Owl
   Common Nighthawk
   Chimney Swift
   Ruby-throated Hummingbird
   Belted Kingfisher
   Red-headed Woodpecker
   Red-bellied Woodpecker
   Downy Woodpecker
   Hairy Woodpecker
   Red-cockaded Woodpecker
   Northern Flicker
   Pileated Woodpecker
   Eastern Wood-Pewee
   Acadian Flycatcher
   Willow Flycatcher
   Least Flycatcher
   Eastern Phoebe
   Great Crested Flycatcher
   Eastern Kingbird
   Gray Kingbird
   Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
   Loggerhead Shrike
   White-eyed Vireo
   Yellow-throated Vireo
   Blue-headed Vireo
   Red-eyed Vireo
   Blue Jay
   American Crow
   Fish Crow
   Common Raven
   Horned Lark
   Purple Martin
   Tree Swallow
   Northern Rough-winged Swallow
   Cliff Swallow
   Barn Swallow
   Carolina Chickadee
   Tufted Titmouse
   Red-breasted Nuthatch
   White-breasted Nuthatch
   Brown-headed Nuthatch
   Carolina Wren
   House Wren
   Winter Wren
   Marsh Wren
   Golden-crowned Kinglet
   Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
   Eastern Bluebird
   Wood Thrush
   American Robin
   Gray Catbird
   Northern Mockingbird
   Brown Thrasher
   European Starling
   Cedar Waxwing
   Blue-winged Warbler
   Golden-winged Warbler
   Northern Parula
   Yellow Warbler
   Chestnut-sided Warbler
   Black-throated Blue Warbler
   Black-throated Green Warbler
   Blackburnian Warbler
   Yellow-throated Warbler
   Pine Warbler
   Prairie Warbler
   Cerulean Warbler
   Black-and-white Warbler
   American Redstart
   Prothonotary Warbler
   Worm-eating Warbler
   Swainson's Warbler
   Louisiana Waterthrush
   Kentucky Warbler
   Common Yellowthroat
   Hooded Warbler
   Canada Warbler
   Yellow-breasted Chat
   Summer Tanager
   Scarlet Tanager
   Eastern Towhee
   Bachman's Sparrow
   Chipping Sparrow
   Field Sparrow
   Grasshopper Sparrow
   Seaside Sparrow
   Song Sparrow
   Dark-eyed Junco
   Northern Cardinal
   Rose-breasted Grosbeak
   Blue Grosbeak
   Indigo Bunting
   Painted Bunting
   Red-winged Blackbird
   Eastern Meadowlark
   Common Grackle
   Boat-tailed Grackle
   Shiny Cowbird
   Brown-headed Cowbird
   Orchard Oriole
   Baltimore Oriole
   House Finch
   Red Crossbill
   Pine Siskin
   American Goldfinch
   House Sparrow

List of Species
Literature Cited
Photo Credits
Index of Common Names
INdex of Scientific Names

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