🖊️ Edited by Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, David A. Christie
The Foreword is by Cagan H. Şekercioğlu and deals with the ecological role of bird populations. It considers the importance of birds and what their depletion may mean for the ecology of the planet.
The volume covers 8 families, mostly from the Old World (Africa, Eurasia and Australasia, with the exception of the New World gnatcatchers and two species of kinglets from the Nearctic). Half of the volume is taken up by the Old World flycatchers and Old World warblers, which with 116 and 145 species respectively, are the most numerous families.
These families, like batises and wattle-eyes, fantails, monarch-flycatchers, kinglets and gnatcatchers are mostly made up of species from habitats with vegetation (forest, woodland, shrub areas, reedbeds). The species of cisticolas and allies present the greatest habitat variability and may also be found in arid zones.
The reader will find illustrations of the elegant paradise-flycatchers and admire the variety of cisticolas in a single plate, as well as appreciating the quality and interest of the photographs, such as that of the Large-billed Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus orinus), a fine example taken in Thailand in March 2006, and the first sighting of the species since its discovery in 1867.
Foreword on the ecological significance of bird populations by Cagan Sekercioglu with a Preface by Paul Ehrlich.
Family Muscicapidae (Old World Flycatchers)
Barry Taylor & Peter Clement
Family Platysteiridae (Batises & Wattle-eyes)
Family Rhipiduridae (Fantails)
Family Monarchidae (Monarch-flycatchers)
Brian Coates, Guy Dutson, Chris Filardi, Peter Clement, Phil Gregory & Kees Moeliker
Family Regulidae (Kinglets & Firecrests)
Jochen Martens & Martin Päckert
Family Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
Jon Atwood & Susannah Lerman
Family Cisticolidae (Cisticolas & allies)
Peter Ryan, Richard Dean, Steve Madge & David Pearson
Family Sylviidae (Old World Warblers)
Franz Bairlein, Per Alström, Raül Aymí, Peter Clement, Andrzej Dyrcz, Gabriel Gargallo, Frank Hawkins, Steve Madge, David Pearson & Lars Svensson
55 colour plates
733 distribution maps
c. 6000 bibliographical references
24 × 31 cm
Authors Dr Per Alström: Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden; and Department of Systematic Zoology, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. Dr. Jonathan L. Atwood: Director, Conservation Biology Program, Department of Environmental Studies, Antioch New England Graduate School, Keene, New Hampshire, USA. Raül Aymí: Catalan Ringing Scheme, Catalan Ornithological Institute, Barcelona, Spain. Professor Franz Bairlein: Director, Institute of Avian Research, Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Dr. Walter E. Boles: Scientific Officer and Collection Manager, Ornithology Section, Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Peter Clement: Field ornithologist and freelance consultant, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England. Brian J. Coates: Publisher and freelance ornithological consultant, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Dr. Richard Dean: Research Associate, DST/NRF Centre of Excellence at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa. Dr. Guy Dutson: IBA Project Manager, Birds Australia, Melbourne, Australia; formerly Senior Technical Advisor, BirdLife Pacific Secretariat, Suva, Fiji. Professor Andrzej Dyrcz: Department of Avian Ecology, University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland.
Professor Paul R. Ehrlich: President, Center for Conservation Biology, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA. Dr. Chris Filardi: Biodiversity Scientist for Pacific Programs, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Gabriel Gargallo: General Co-ordinator, Catalan Ornithological Institute, Barcelona, Spain. Phil Gregory: Professional bird guide and field ornithologist, Field Guides Inc. & Sicklebill Safaris, Kuranda, Queensland, Australia. Dr. Frank Hawkins: Conservation International Madagascar, Antananarivo, Madagascar. Technical advisor to BirdLife International in Madagascar. Susannah B. Lerman: Graduate student, Conservation Biology Program, Department of Environmental Studies, Antioch New England Graduate School, Keene, New Hampshire, USA. Dr. Michel Louette: Head of Department of African Zoology, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium. Steve C. Madge: Freelance wildlife consultant and writer; also, President, Cornwall Bird-watching & Preservation Society, Cornwall, England. Professor Jochen Martens: Institut für Zoologie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany. Cornelis W. Moeliker: Chief Curator, Natural History Museum Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Dr. Martin Päckert: Curator, Ornithologische Abteilung, Staatliche Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden, Museum für Tierkunde, Dresden, Germany. Dr. David J. Pearson: Freelance ornithological consultant and writer, Suffolk, England; formerly University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Peter G. Ryan: Senior Lecturer, DST/NRF Centre of Excellence at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa. Dr. Cagan H. Sekercioglu: Senior Research Scientist, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA. Dr. Lars Svensson: Guest Researcher, Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden; and PhD HC, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. Dr. Barry Taylor: Honorary Research Associate, School of Botany & Zoology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Brian E. Small