Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galápagos Islands: An Identification Guide

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Yale University Press, 2005 - Nature - 168 pages
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This simple-to-use, pocket-size volume offers a comprehensive guide to the unique wildlife of the Galápagos, encompassing all the birds, mammals, and reptiles a visitor to these extraordinary islands might encounter. The second edition corrects and amends plates and text, as well as adds six new photos of the whales.
Reviews of the first edition: 
 "The essential field companion for Galápagos visitors.”--The Quarterly Review of Biology
 "I cannot conceive anyone going to the Galápagos without [this book] in hand." --Noble S. Proctor
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
7
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
8
INTRODUCTION
9
THE GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE OF GALAPAGOS
10
THE HABITATS OF GALAPAGOS
12
THE BIRDS OF GALAPAGOS
17
Bird topography
18
Moult and plumages
19
Phalaropes
80
Diurnal raptors Plate 25 Hawk Osprey and Peregrine
82
Nightbirds Plate 26 Owls and nighthawk
84
Larger Landbirds Plate 27 Doves pigeon and kingfisher
86
Cuckoos and anis
88
Warblers vireo and Bananaquit
94
Bobolink bunting grosbeak tanager and waxwing
96
Mockingbirds
98

The types of bird
20
Waterbirds
24
Shorebirds
25
Diurnal raptors
27
Nightbirds
28
Larger landbirds
29
Smaller landbirds
30
Tyrant Flycatchers 92
31
The bird plates
33
Penguin cormorant and pelican
34
Albatrosses and giant petrel
36
Shearwaters and black petrel
38
Plate4 Petrels
40
Stormpetrels breeding
42
Stormpetrels nonbreeding
44
Frigatebirds
46
Boobies
48
Gulls breeding and skuasjaegers
50
Gulls nonbreeding
52
Terns breeding and tropicbird
54
Terns nonbreeding
56
Waterbirds Plate 13 Ducks Piedbilled Grebe and American Coot
58
Rails crake and gallinules
60
Herons large and flamingo
62
Egrets
64
Herons small and nightherons
66
Shorebirds Plate 18 Oystercatcher stilt Surfbird and turnstones
68
Plovers
70
Godwits dowitcher Whimbrel and Willet
72
Sandpipers larger and yellowlegs
74
Sandpipers larger and tattler
76
Sandpipers smaller
78
Identification of Darwins Finches
100
Ground finches
102
Cactus finches
104
Vegetarian and tree finches
106
Mangrove Warbler and Woodpecker Finches
108
THE REPTILES OF GALAPAGOS
110
Lava Lizards
111
Geckos
112
The reptile plates
113
Tortoises
114
Turtles
116
Iguanas
118
Lava lizards
120
Geckos
122
Snakes and sea snake
124
THE MAMMALS OF GALAPAGOS
126
Bats
127
The mammal plates
131
Rice rats
136
Rorquals I Minke Sei Brydes and Fin Whales
138
Rorquals II Blue and Humpback Whales and Sperm Whale
140
Small sperm whales and beaked whales
142
Blackfish Killer Pilot and Melonheaded Whales
144
Dolphins I
146
Dolphins II
148
CHECKLIST OF REGULARLY OCCURRING SPECIES
150
GLOSSARY
155
FURTHER READING ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND CONTACT ADDRESSES
156
PHOTOGRAPHIC ANfp ART CREDITS
157
INDEX OF ENGLISH AND SCIENTIFIC NAMES
165
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Andy Swash is a zoologist and ecologist. Robert Still is an ecologist and a widely traveled naturalist.

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