🖊️ Edited by Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, David A. Christie
The authors of the Foreword titled “Conservation of the World’s Birds: The View from 2010” are Stuart Butchart, Nigel Collar, Alison Stattersfield and Leon Bennun from Birdlife International. They provide a well-documented summary of the many threats that hang over bird diversity and populations as a result of the human imperative for development at any cost, and they also lay out efforts and recommendations aimed at slowing down what seems an unstoppable process.
This volume includes 8 families and a total of 606 species. It begins with the weavers of Africa and south Asia, which construct the most elaborate and complex nests of all birds (there are colonies of Red-billed Quelea of more than 30 million nests!). Whydahs and indigobirds follow, endemic to tropical Africa and parasitic of the nests of birds of the family of the waxbills. These last are brightly coloured and well known as caged birds. They are present from tropical Africa to the Pacific Ocean islands.
The New World is also represented, with the vireos, the critically threatened Hawaiian honeycreepers, the Olive Warbler and New World warblers. In addition we have the finches family, the largest in the volume with 144 species, among which are some of the best-known and most widely distributed birds in the world, such as the European Goldfinch and the domestic Island Canary.
Foreword on conservation of the world’s birds, by Stuart Butchart, Nigel Collar, Alison Stattersfield & Leon Bennun.
Family Ploceidae (Weavers)
Family Viduidae (Whydahs and Indigobirds)
Family Estrildidae (Waxbills)
Family Vireonidae (Vireos)
David Brewer & Ronald Orenstein
Family Fringillidae (Finches)
Nigel Collar, Ian Newton, Peter Clement & Vladimir Arkhipov
Family Drepanididae (Hawaiian Honeycreepers)
Family Peucedramidae (Olive Warbler)
Family Parulidae (New World Warblers)
60 colour plates
614 distribution maps
more than 6000 bibliographical references
24 × 31 cm
Authors Vladimir Yu. Arkhipov: Senior research fellow, Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Moscow Oblast, Russia. Dr Leon A. Bennun: Director of Science, Policy and Information, BirdLife International, Cambridge, England. Dr David Brewer: Research Associate, Department of Ornithology, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada. Dr Stuart H. M. Butchart: Global Research and Indicators Coordinator, BirdLife International, Cambridge, England. Peter Clement: Field ornithologist and freelance ornithological consultant, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England. Dr Nigel J. Collar: Leventis Fellow in Conservation Biology, BirdLife International, Cambridge, England. Professor Adrian J. F. K. Craig: Professor of Zoology, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Jon M. Curson: Independent researcher, Seaford, East Sussex, England. Professor Ian Newton: Emeritus Fellow, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, England. Dr Ronald I. Orenstein: Freelance consultant, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Professor Robert B. Payne: Professor Emeritus, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Dr H. Douglas Pratt: Research Curator of Birds, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Alison J. Stattersfield: Head of Science, BirdLife International, Cambridge, England.