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New World Blackbirds Hardcover – February 1, 1999

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691006806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691006802
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,717,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Hunter on April 28, 2015
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This 1999 addition to the series of Helm Identification Guides is meticulously detailed, well written & well illustrated. Species accounts follow a pattern familiar to those who have used other guides in the series, combining information & guidance useful to amateur birders and to professional ornithologists (and other scientific researchers). The authors treat the Icterids (aka New World blackbirds) as a family (Icteridae) comprised of 103 species, including oroprendolas, caciques, orioles, troupials, blackbirds, meadowlarks, grackles, cowbirds, and Bobolink. Some Eurocentric observers take issue with the use of the term "blackbird", but that dispute hasn't deterred taxonomists from applying it to these birds of the New World.

In this volume the range maps are included with some identification notes on the pages facing the color plates.
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I found this book very easy to read, the information just flowed from the pages. My interest in Blackbirds has been sparked and I'm eagerly awaiting the next book by this great team of authors. Mr. Burke's illustrations were uncanny and Mr Jaramillo's writting clearly reflects a vast knowledge of the Icterids. I highly recommend this book.
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Wonderful book by a wonderful author. Jaramillo combines vast knowledge of the subject with as easy-to read style. Burke's images are lovely.
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"New World Blackbirds" is a great reference book. Not only for common blackbirds but for all the new world orioles.
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New World...what exactly?! New World Blackbirds???!!!

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.
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