A World Checklist of Birds

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Yale University Press, 1997 - Nature - 416 pages
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Many field ornithologists record where and when they identify species of birds, especially when they encounter a species out of its normal range or for the first time. Until now, however, a checklist based on the Sibley-Ahlquist-Monroe classification has not been available. In this book, Burt L. Monroe, Jr., and Charles G. Sibley provide a list of 9,702 living avian species based on their 1990 book Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World and its 1993 Supplement. Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World was awarded the title "Best Bird Book of the Year" for 1991 by the journal British Birds. In his review in North American Bird Bander, Robert C. Tweit lauded the book as "the most important... review and modification of avian taxonomy of this century, making all existing field guides and checklists obsolete." A World Checklist of Birds gives the Latin and English names for the species recognized in that work and in the Supplement, abbreviated geographic distributions, and spaces for checking species observed in the field and for making brief notes. As a complete, standardized bird name list and a summary of avian biogeography and biodiversity, this book will be useful to professional and amateur ornithologists, museum curators, wildlife biologists, and nature writers.
  

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Contents

Class AVES
1
Order ANSERIFORMES
13
Order TURNIC1FORMES
19
Order GALBULIFORMES
32
Order COLIIFORMES
43
Order APODIFORMES
60
Order MUSOPHAGIFORMES
74
OrderCOLUMBIFORMES
86
Family Meliphagidae Honeyeaters Ephthíanura
181
Superfamily CORVOIDEA
189
Family Corvidae
195
Parvorder PASSERIDA
217
Family Hirundinidae
246
Family Melanocharitidae
288
Family Fringillidae
302
Index of Genera
338

Order GRUIFORMES
96
Infraorder CICONIIDES
126
Index of English Names
349

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