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Field guide to the songbirds of South America : the passerines

Author: Robert S Ridgely; Guy Tudor
Publisher: Austin, TX : University of Texas Press ; [Philadelphia] : in association with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia ; [Washington, DC] : World Land Trust-US, 2009.
Series: Mildred Wyatt-Wold series in ornithology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"With the publication of the landmark volumes The Birds of South America: The Oscine Passerines and The Birds of South America: The Suboscine Passerines, Robert S. Ridgely and Guy Tudor established themselves as the leading authorities on the songbirds of South America. Reviewers hailed the volumes as the essential reference works for professional ornithologists and avocational birders alike, and they remain the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Field guides
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert S Ridgely; Guy Tudor
ISBN: 9780292717480 0292717482 9780292719798 0292719795
OCLC Number: 277196474
Description: viii, 750 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Mildred Wyatt-Wold series in ornithology.
Responsibility: Robert S. Ridgely and Guy Tudor.

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"With the publication of the landmark volumes The Birds of South America: The Oscine Passerines and The Birds of South America: The Suboscine Passerines, Robert S. Ridgely and Guy Tudor established themselves as the leading authorities on the songbirds of South America. Reviewers hailed the volumes as the essential reference works for professional ornithologists and avocational birders alike, and they remain the only volumes that provide full scientific coverage of the continent's passerines. In 2000, the Widely read Web site WorldTwitch: Finding Rare Birds around the World (www.worldtwitch.com) named The Birds of South America volumes as "Best Bird Book of the 20th Century."" "Recognizing the need for a more compact guide that birders can take into the field, Ridgely and Tudor have now extracted and updated the essential identification information from The Birds of South America to create the Field Guide to the Songbirds of South America. This definitive guide is filled with indispensable features: 121 color plates that present Guy Tudor's magnificently detailed paintings of more than 1,500 species of songbirds, including more than 400 that were not illustrated in BOSA; 160 additional color illustrations of subspecies and females; Extensively updated color range maps for all of the species in the field guide, prepared by Robert S. Ridgely with technical assistance from Maria Allen and Terry Clarke, appearing opposite the plates for each bird family; and Robert S. Ridgely's authoritative accounts of nearly 2,000 species that cover each birds abundance, habitat, and range; elevational preference; taxonomic or nomenclatural changes; plumage description; general behavior and voice, including much new information from the field; and range beyond South America, if applicable."--Jacket.

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