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.
David Brewer Imprint: Bloomsbury Country of Publication: United Kingdom Dimensions:
Weight: 1.178kg ISBN: 9781472906281 ISBN 10: 1472906284 Series:Helm Photographic Guides Publication Date: 01 March 2018 Audience:
Format: Hardback Publisher's Status: Active
Reviews for Birds New to Science: Fifty Years of Avian Discoveries
The concept of Birds New to Science is beautifully simple, the information meticulously researched, and the product neatly put together. This is an engaging, inspiring book ... Strongly recommended. -- James Lowen * Neotropical Birding *