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Birds of the World: A Check List Hardcover – April, 1978


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (April 1978)
  • ISBN-10: 0846701235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0846701231
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,096,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book contains the birds' common and scientific names and regional distributions. If offers a comprehensive list of birds living today, organized by taxonomical family. Space is provided for the readers to record the location and date of individual sightings. Also included are a list of extinct species, a country-by-country directory to where the birds live, and references for the various bird families. Forewords by Jared Diamond and Anthony W. White."—Science News

"Two of the great names of bird study: Clements and Cornell. The world of birders will benefit from the fruits of this new collaboration this book is great news for all of us."—Peter Kaestner, the third-ranked birder in the world --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

John W. Fitzpatrick is the Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lutz Arndt on September 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I will divide in what I find good and not so good of this book .
Good:
the size ,with 28,5 & 22 cm it's a lot bigger than the Howard + Moore and Sibley + Monroe books , which leaves a lot of space to make your notes inside the book ,like I do ,
very good binding and of course the complete listing of all the bird species and subspecies .
Not so good :
the splitting into species goes in my opinion a little to far ,especially by the Australian species .
Bad :
some species of the checklist are also listed as subspecies by species from which they were split ,with a little proofreading this could have been avoided .
For the price amazon is asking ,this book is a must if you want a checklist of the birds of the world .
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Hudson on July 3, 2007
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Clements is the bible of bird taxonomy, but this book is basically just a list of every species with sublists of each subspecies, and very basic information as to where that subspecies is located. I was disappointed that there is no summary of changes from this 6th edition from the prior edition, although I assume this information will eventually be available on-line somewhere. This is a book that lots of very serious birders know they want, and they should get it. But if you don't know exactly what this book is already and know that you want it, you probably don't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Paterson on March 17, 2013
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This is a must in any birder's library, especially those who are interested in taxonomic and distributional developments, and (I suppose) twitchers/listers (which I am not) who like to keep track of all their little ticks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David B. on January 27, 2014
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This is a specialty book for birders who want a current listing all of the known birds of the world. It's a way to maintain a life list of bird species. Also, it's continuously updated by Cornel University's Laboratory of Ornithology over the internet. It's not a book to be read but to be used to maintain a list birds you've seen.
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By Will Kennerley on May 7, 2013
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This is a must-have for my any serious birder and it does a fantastic job of showing the great diversity of life in the avian world
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