Author: Thane K. Pratt
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 2014-10-26
This is the completely revised edition of the essential field guide to the birds of New Guinea. The world’s largest tropical island, New Guinea boasts a spectacular avifauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, as well as an exceptionally diverse assemblage of songbirds such as the iconic birds of paradise and bowerbirds. Birds of New Guinea is the only guide to cover all 780 bird species reported in the area, including 366 endemics. Expanding its coverage with 111 vibrant color plates—twice as many as the first edition—and the addition of 635 range maps, the book also contains updated species accounts with new information about identification, voice, habits, and range. A must-have for everyone from ecotourists to field researchers, Birds of New Guinea remains an indispensable guide to the diverse birds of this remarkable region. 780 bird species, including 366 found nowhere else 111 stunning color plates, twice the number of the first edition Expanded and updated species accounts provide details on identification, voice, habits, and range 635 range maps Revised classification of birds reflects the latest research
Author: Bruce M. Beehler
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 2016-03-29
New Guinea, the largest tropical island, supports a spectacular bird fauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, as well as the iconic birds of paradise and bowerbirds. Of the nearly 800 species of birds recorded from New Guinea, more than 350 are found nowhere else on Earth. This comprehensive annotated checklist of distribution, taxonomy, and systematics of the birds of New Guinea is the first formal review of this avifauna since Ernst Mayr's Checklist, published in 1941. This new book brings together all the systematic, taxonomic, and distributional research conducted on the region's bird families over the last 70 years. Bruce Beehler and Thane Pratt provide the scientific foundation for the names, geographic distributions, and systematic arrangement of New Guinea's bird fauna. All technical information is annotated and a geographic gazetteer and bibliography are included. This book is an ideal complement to the Birds of New Guinea field guide also published by Princeton, and is an essential technical reference for all scientific libraries, ornithologists, and those interested in bird classification. The first complete revision of the New Guinea bird fauna since 1941 Accounts for 75 bird species new to the region Includes a geographic gazetteer, bibliography, and explanations of taxonomic and systematic classifications
This new Helm Field Guide covers the species-rich Melanesia region of the south-west Pacific, from New Caledonia and the Solomons through the Bismarks to Vanuatu, a popular destination for tours and travellers and one that has never before had field-guide coverage. The cover star is the Kagu, the region's most iconic bird species and a highly sought-after endemic of New Caledonia. Superb colour plates illustrate the 650 species that occur in the region, allied with concise identification text and a series of distribution colour bars. For anyone travelling to this far-flung Pacific region, this book is indispensible.
Author: Bruce M. Beehler
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
Release Date: 2018-02-06
The story of an ornithologist's journey to trace the spring migration of songbirds from the southern border of the United States through the heartland and into Canada. In late March 2015, ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler set off on a solo four-month trek to track songbird migration and the northward progress of spring through America. Traveling via car, canoe, and bike and on foot, Beehler followed woodland warblers and other Neotropical songbird species from the southern border of Texas, where the birds first arrive after their winter sojourns in South America and the Caribbean, northward through the Mississippi drainage to its headwaters in Minnesota and onward to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario. In North on the Wing, Beehler describes both the epic migration of songbirds across the country and the gradual dawning of springtime through the U.S. heartland--the blossoming of wildflowers, the chorusing of frogs, the leafing out of forest canopies--and also tells the stories of the people and institutions dedicated to studying and conserving the critical habitats and processes of spring songbird migration. Inspired in part by Edwin Way Teale's landmark 1951 book North with the Spring, this book--part travelogue, part field journal, and part environmental and cultural history--is a fascinating first-hand account of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. It engages readers in the wonders of spring migration and serves as a call for the need to conserve, restore, and expand bird habitats to preserve them for future generations of both birds and humans.
Author: Tim Low
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: 2016-08-23
An authoritative and entertaining exploration of Australia's distinctive birds and their unheralded role in global evolution Renowned for its gallery of unusual mammals, Australia is also a land of extraordinary birds. But unlike the mammals, the birds of Australia flew beyond the continent's boundaries and around the globe many millions of years ago. This eye-opening book tells the dynamic but little-known story of how Australia provided the world with songbirds and parrots, among other bird groups, why Australian birds wield surprising ecological power, how Australia became a major evolutionary center, and why scientific biases have hindered recognition of these discoveries. From violent, swooping magpies to tool-making cockatoos, Australia's birds are strikingly different from birds of other lands--often more intelligent and aggressive, often larger and longer-lived. Tim Low, a renowned biologist with a rare storytelling gift, here presents the amazing evolutionary history of Australia's birds. The story of the birds, it turns out, is inseparable from the story of the continent itself and also the people who inhabit it.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 32. Chapters: Arafura Fantail, Astrapian Sicklebill, Bensbach's Bird of Paradise, Black-throated Robin, Blood's Bird of Paradise, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Blyth's Hornbill, Brown Quail, Buff-banded Rail, Collared Imperial Pigeon, Collared Sparrowhawk, Comb-crested Jacana, Common Smoky Honeyeater, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Duivenbode's Bird of Paradise, Duivenbode's Riflebird, Duivenbode's Six-wired Bird of Paradise, Elegant Imperial Pigeon, Elliot's Bird of Paradise, False-lobed Astrapia, Gilliard's Bird of Paradise, Great-billed Heron, Greater Bird-of-paradise, Grey Goshawk, King Bird-of-paradise, King of Holland's Bird of Paradise, King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise, King Quail, Latham's Snipe, Little Eagle, Lupton's Bird of Paradise, Lyre-tailed King Bird of Paradise, Magpie Goose, Mantou's Riflebird, Maria's Bird of Paradise, Melampitta, Mysterious Bird of Bobairo, Northern Cassowary, Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Oriental Hobby, Oriental Plover, Ornate Melidectes, Paperbark Flycatcher, Parrots of New Guinea, Pied Heron, Red-kneed Dotterel, Red-necked Crake, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Rothschild's Bird of Paradise, Rothschild's Lobe-billed Bird of Paradise, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Rusty Pitohui, Ruys' Bird of Paradise, Schodde's Bird of Paradise, Sharpe's Lobe-billed Parotia, Singing Starling, Southern Cassowary, Spangled Kookaburra, Straw-necked Ibis, Stresemann's Bird of Paradise, Swinhoe's Snipe, Trumpet Manucode, Uniform Swiftlet, Varied Honeyeater, Victoria Crowned Pigeon, White-faced Heron, Wilhelmina's Bird of Paradise, Wonderful Bird of Paradise, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot.
Author: Andrew L. Mack
Release Date: 2014-03-11
Genre: Electronic books
Andrew Mack immersed himself in a vast expanse of roadless, old growth rainforest of Papua New Guinea in 1987. He and his co-investigator Debra Wright, built a research station by hand and lived there for years. Their mission was to study the secretive and perhaps most dinosaur-like creature still roaming the planet: the cassowary. The ensuing adventures of this unorthodox biologistOCostudying seeds found in cassowary droppings (pekpek), learning to live among the indigenous PawaiOCOia, traversing jungles, fighting pests and loneliness, struggling against unscrupulous oil speculators, and moreOCoare woven into a compelling tale that spans two decades.a Mack shares the insights he garnered about rainforest ecology while studying something as seemingly mundane as cassowary pekpek. He ultimately gained profound insight into why conservation is failing in places like Papua New Guinea and struggled to create a more viable strategy for conserving some of EarthOCOs last wild rainforests."