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New World Blackbirds Hardcover – February 1, 1999
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About the Author
Alvaro Jaramillo was born in Santiago, Chile, but raised in Toronto, where he became a birder at the age of 11. He holds a Zoology degree and a Masters degree in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Toronto. He currently works for the Coyote Creek Riparian Station, a bird observatory and research facility in San Jose, California. He also leads birding trips in North and South America. He is currently working on a field guide to the birds of Chile with Peter Burke and David Beadle. Peter Burke, a Biology graduate, has been drawing and painting birds for twenty years, but has been a professional artist only since the mid-1990s. He has traveled to Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Mexico to prepare sketches for this guide. He has also illustrated a guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of eastern Canada.
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In this volume the range maps are included with some identification notes on the pages facing the color plates.
Read my European lips, there aint no such thing as New World Blackbirds. There's only one card-carrying, RSPB-recognized Blackbird, and it sure doesn't live anywhere near Old Missouri. I'm talking about good ol' Turdus merula merula, the EUROPEAN, COMMON, STRICTLY OLD WORLD Blackbird, a.k.a. The National Bird of Sweden (and then some).
The New World "Blackbirds" are actually Icterids, a notorious bunch of avian impostors, interlopers and provocateurs!!!
I mean, please come on. "New World Orioles"? They're not really orioles. "Meadowlarks"? They're not really larks. "Cowbirds"? They're not really cows. Should I continue? Or do you get my brownie point?
Just because you emigrated to some God-forsaken land beyond the Pillars of Hercules, doesn't give you the right to claim that a bunch of sub-passerine phoneys are blackbirds. I repeat: there simply is no such thing at your end of the Holarctic panhandle. This book is about Icterids, and nothing else. The only authentic Blackbird in known existence, resides outside *my* window, and don't you ever forget that!!!
You see, I'm a liberal.