Birds new to science

50 Years of Avian Discoveries

David Brewer
AUD $79.99
Availability: Not Yet Published

The story of the discovery of 250 bird species new to science since 1960

Amazing as it might sound, ornithologists are still discovering, on average, five or six species of birds that are completely new to science each year. What's more, these aren't all just obscure brown birds on tiny islands - witness the bizarre Bare-faced Bulbul from Laos (2009) or gaudy Begun Liochicla from north-west India (2005).

This book documents all of these remarkable discoveries made since 1960, from Barau's Petrel onwards, covering around 250 species. It fills an important gap in the ornithological literature.

Written in an engaging style, this book provides a rich reference to an era of adventure in ornithology. Each species account discusses the story of the discovery, with photographs of the birds where available, along with a discussion of what is known about the species' biology, habitat, distribution, with a strong conservation message - most of the species in the book are either vulnerable or endangered. An appendix listing 'splits' - new species recognised by taxonomists following DNA or sonogram research - is also included.

Author bio:

David Brewer is a renowned ornithologist based in Canada. An authority on moult, plumages and identification, his previous books include the Helm Identification Guide Wrens, Dippers and Thrashers (2001).

Category: Natural history
ISBN: 9781472906281
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Imprint: Helm Ornithonoly
Pub Date: March 2018
Page Extent: 352
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Wildlife: birds & birdwatching

homepage promo2-FABER