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Manual of Neotropical Birds, Volume 1

Containing more than one-third of the world’s bird species, the neotropical region surpasses all other zoogeographic regions in the diversity of its avian fauna. Though the exploration and cataloging stages of ornithology are now virtually complete, new species and undescribed subspecies of birds are still occasionally discovered. In this manual, Emmet R. Blake has drawn on his experience of forty-eight years in the field and laboratory to prepare a comprehensive, detailed, and authoritative synopsis of the avifauna of tropical America as now known.

724 pages | 12 color plates, illustrations | 7.00 x 10.00 | © 1977

Biological Sciences: Biology--Systematics

Table of Contents

Species Illustrated
Selected Zoogeographical References
Synopsis of Families
Diagram of a Bird
Penguins: Spheniscidae
Rheas: Rheidae
Tinamous: Tinamidae
Grebes: Podicipedidae
Albatrosses: Diomedeidae
Shearwaters, Fulmars, and Petrels: Procellariidae
Storm-Petrels: Hydrobatidae
Driving-Petrels: Pelecanoididae
Tropicbirds: Phaethontidae
Pelicans: Pelecanidae
Boobies: Sulidae
Cormorants: Phalacrocoracidae
Darters: Anhingidae
Herons: Ardeidae
Storks and Jabirus: Ciconiidae
Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae
Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae
Screamers: Anhimidae
Ducks, Geese, and Swans: Anatidae
American Vultures: Cathartidae
Ospreys: Pandionidae
Hawks and Eagles: Accipitridae
Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae
Curassows, Guans, and Chachalacas: Cracidae
Partridges, Quails, and Pheasants: Phasianidae
Turkeys: Meleagrididae
Hoatzins: Opisthocomidae
Limpkins: Aramidae
Trumpeters: Psophiidae
Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae
Sungrebes: Heliornithidae
Sunbitterns: Eurypygidae
Seriemas (or Cariamas): Cariamidae
Jacanas: Jacanidae
Painted-Snipes: Rostratulidae
Oystercatchers: Haematopodidae
Lapwings and Plovers: Charadriidae
Snips and Sandpipers: Scolopacidae
Avocets and Stilts: Recurvirostridae
Phalaropes: Phalaropodidae
Thick-Knees: Burhinidae
Seedsnipes: Thinocoridae
Sheathbills: Chionididae
Gulls, Terns, and Allies: Laridae

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