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Neotropical Birds

Ecology and Conservation

Four of the world’s leading ornithologists and ardent conservationists have produced this unique synthesis of the ecological information on all 4,037 species of birds found from Mexico south to Tierra del Fuego. In tables that cover more than 300 pages and include much of their own unpublished data, the authors summarize details on 40 key ecological parameters for each bird species. Additional data and further analyses are provided for migratory species.

Because bird communities are good indicators of habitat type and condition, and because extensive bird surveys can be done quickly, bird communities are critical to rapid evaluations of an ecosystem’s biological value and integrity. The authors analyze the bird species of major habitats from a conservation perspective, and develop specific guidelines to illustrate how governments, conservation organizations, and wildlife managers can use this ecological information to anchor conservation strategies on sound biological reality.

"Students of ecology and wildlife management, as well as conservationists, will benefit from this book . . . . Governmental and conservation agencies should use this book when making critical decisions about where to focus their efforts as they work to preserve the environment in fragile regions of the world." —Edward I. Saiff, Science Books & Films

502 pages | 16 color plates, 46 halftones, 51 line drawings, 64 tables | 8-1/2 x 11 | © 1996

Biological Sciences: Conservation, Ecology, Tropical Biology and Conservation

Reference and Bibliography

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note to Readers
1: Introduction: Neotropical Bird Communities and Conservation
Pt. 1: Birds and Vegetation: Distribution and Threats
2: Neotropical Vegetation Types as Avian Habitats
3: Neotropical Humid Forests
4: Neotropical Dry Forests and Arid Scrubs
5: Neotropical Grasslands
6: Neotropical Aquatic Communities
Pt. 2: Bird Migration and Conservation in the Neotropics
7: Nearctic Migrants in the Neotropics: How Big Is the Threat?
8: Austral and Intratropical Bird Migration in the Neotropics
Pt. 3: Priorities for Protection
9: Guiding Principles for Conservation in the Neotropics
10: Centers of Diversity at Risk: Translating Principles into Action
Pt. 4: Ecological and Distributional Databases
Theodore A. Parker III, Douglas F. Stotz, John W. Fitzpatrick.
11: The Development of Ornithology for Conservation in the
12: A Guide to the Databases
Database A Zoogeographic and Ecological Attributes of Bird Species
Breeding in the Neotropics
Database B Distribution of Neotropical Bird Species by Country
Database C Nearctic Migrants 1: Species Not Breeding in the Neotropics
Database D Nearctic Migrants 2: Species Breeding in the Neotropics
Database E Austral Migrants
Database F Seabirds Not Breeding in the Neotropics
Database G Nearctic Partial Migrants
Database H Austral Partial Migrants
Database I Indicator Species
Literature Cited
Database Sources
General Index
Index of Scientific Names

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