The Birds of Africa: Picathartes to Oxpeckers Volume VI

The Birds of Africa: Picathartes to Oxpeckers Volume VI

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This, the 6th volume in a set of seven, follows the standard taxonomic sequence and deals with songbirds from the babblers to the starlings. A new introduction brings the reader up to date with recent developments in the series and includes an essay on aspects of biogeography illustrated through African birds. Overviews of the families are followed by genus summaries (with associated superspecies maps, where appropriate) and the species accounts themselves, organised under standard headings: range and status, description, field characters, voice, general habits, food, breeding habits, and key references. Each species has a distribution map and many are illustrated with line drawings showing nests and behaviour.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 600 pages
  • 263.9 x 423.9 x 63.2mm | 4,289.71g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • colour plates
  • 0121373061
  • 9780121373061
  • 1,394,562

Table of contents

PLATES vi AUTHORSHIP vii ACHKNOWLEDGMENTS viii INTRODUCTION xi ORDER PASSERIFORMES (continued from volume V) Picathartidae, picathartes 1 Timaliidae, babbler. 7 Aegithalidae, long-tailed tit 76 Paridae, tit 77 Remizidae, penduline tit 106 Sittidae, nuthatches and Wallcreeper 123 Salpornithidae, Spotted Creeper 128 Certhiidae, tree-creepers 132 Nectariniidae, sunbirds 135 Zosteropidae, white-eyes 305 Promeropidae, sugarbirds 326 Lanidae, true shrikes 339 Malacontidae, bush-strikers 383 Pycnontidae, bullbuls 476 Prionopidae, helmet-shrikes 486 Oriolidae, orioles 502 Dicruridae, drongos 521 Corvidae, crows 531 Sturnidae, starlings 572 Buphagidae, oxpeckers 662 BIBLIOGRAPHY General and Regional References 669 Family References 679 Acoustic References 707 INDEX 711
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Review quote

Each of these volumes represents a massive amount of work, and the editors and publisher, assisted by an impressive list of contributors, are to be congratulated on putting together the most comprehensive account of African birds ever written... This volume is a must for the African ornithologist... If you are serious about birds, you cannot afford to be without it. Birds and Birding This volume has been worth the wait. The first thing that strikes you is that this, quite simply, is a beautiful book. From the quality of the paper to the sumptuousness of the plates, here is something a little out of the ordinary. Birdwatch Little can or should be said against a work like this. Birds of Africa is the standard reference for the region with no rival and it is hard to imagine one anyway. All who work in African and tropical/south temperate ornithology owe a great debt of gratitude to the Birds of Africa team. Ibis Detailed but readable text, superb paintings and handsome production have already ensured that this series is the standard work on African ornithology. New Scientist Each volume in this excellent series raises the standards set by previous volumes, and this one is no exception... What more to say except than this volume and the rest of the series are simply indispensable for all African ornithologists? Malimbus
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