🖊️ Edited by David A. Christie, Andrew Elliott, Josep del Hoyo
The Foreword is by Richard C. Banks, who traces the history and analyses the application of ornithological nomenclature.
This is the second volume of the Passeriformes, with 9 families which include the last of the suboscines (cotingas, manakins, tyrant-flycatchers), the first of the oscines (larks, swallows and martins, pipits and wagtails), and between them the three from Australasia (New Zealand wrens, scrub-birds, lyrebirds), which are considered in a sense transitional.
More than half of the volume is devoted to species of North America and the Neotropic, including the family of the tyrant-flycatchers, which with 429 species is the most numerous in the encyclopaedia. But the book will be of interest to ornithologists from around the world, as it ranges from localized, threatened species like Australia’s Noisy Scrub-bird and the Liben Lark of Ethiopia, to others more widely distributed, such as the Eurasian Skylark, and other well-known birds such as the cosmopolite Barn Swallow.
Foreword on ornithological nomenclature by Richard Banks
Family Cotingidae (Cotingas)
David Snow, Michael Brooke & Bruno Walther
Family Pipridae (Manakins)
Family Tyrannidae (Tyrant-flycatchers)
John Fitzpatrick, John Bates, Kimberly Bostwick, Isabel Caballero, Benjamin Clock, Andrew Farnsworth, Peter Hosner, Leo Joseph, Gary Langham, Daniel Lebbin, Jason Mobley, Mark Robbins, Edwin Scholes, José Tello, Bruno Walther & Kevin Zimmer
Family Acanthisittidae (New Zealand Wrens)
Family Atrichornithidae (Scrub-birds)
Family Menuridae (Lyrebirds)
Family Alaudidae (Larks)
Eduardo de Juana, Francisco Suárez, Peter Ryan, Per Alström & Paul Donald
Family Hirundinidae (Swallows and Martins)
Family Motacillidae (Pipits and Wagtails)
78 colour plates
809 distribution maps
c. 6000 bibliographical references
24 × 31 cm
Family Index of the Handbook of the Birds of the World series
Download and print these quick indexes of all the families covered in HBW.