- Tapa dura: 940 páginas
- Editor: Birds of South America; Edición: New (30 de noviembre de 1993)
- Colección: Birds of South America
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0292770634
- ISBN-13: 978-0292770638
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The Birds of South America: Vol. II, the Suboscine Passerines: 2 (Inglés) Tapa dura – 30 nov 1993
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A land of incredible natural resources, the South American continent is rich in plant and animal species. Among birds alone, over 3,100 species are either resident or migrant. Birds are some of South America's treasures and also one of its most endangered resources. Hence the need for a descriptive record of South American birds that will serve both professional and amateur bird students and encourage conservation of these magnificent species. Although South American birds elicit much popular and scientific interest, they have never been completely or satisfactorily described and cataloged in a single, published source. The Birds of South America, projected to be a four-volume work, thus fills a critical void. Starting from a museum approach, the authors have examined specimens of each subspecies, comparing them visually and trying to discern the patterns in their plumage variation, both intra- and inter-specifically. They take a new look at bird systematics, reassessing relationships in light of new information. Perhaps most important, they combine this review and analysis with extensive field observations to give an accurate, incisive portrait of the birds in nature. At a time when rapid development is devastating millions of acres of tropical habitat in South America, this record of an endangered resource becomes crucial. If the birds and other plants and animals of South America are to be saved, they must first be known and appreciated. The Birds of South America is a major step in that direction. Volume II includes the Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Gnatcatchers, and Tapaculos; Tyrant Flycatchers; and Manakins and Cotingas. The remaining volumes of The Birds of South America will be: Volume III: The Nonpasserines (Landbirds) Volume IV: The Nonpasserines (Waterbirds) No release date has been set for the remaining volumes.
'Everyone who works with South American birds, whether amateur birder of professional ornithologist, will want a copy... I hope that everyone will appreciate the tremendous amount of work that went into its completion. The authors are to be congratulated. I strongly recommend The Birds Of South America.'Ver Descripción del producto
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Mr. Tudor must have spent at least two lifetimes as well in collections as in the field to present us with these drawings which show both the necessary details and the natural position of the bird. To perform this, you should not only be an excellent painter, but have thorough knowledge of the birds as well.
It's such a pity that apparently they're not succeeding in finishing the series, given the fact that it is eight years since this volume has appeared and the site of the editor states "No release date has been set for the remaining volumes". guess they're too busy observing the birds ;-)
On a more personal note, leafing through this book was a bizarre experience, since the suboscine passerines frequently seem to recapitulate the oscines. Yeah, I know this is supposed to be “convergent evolution”, but please, how do you explain that the Kinglet Calyptura is almost identical in appearance to the Holarctic Kinglet? The wagtail tyrant is another classic…
Maybe God (or the Elan Vital) did it after all? :P
Only the first volume (covering the oscine passerines) includes the well-written, informative introductory chapters covering habitats and biogeography; anyone contemplating a birding adventure in South America would be well-served by reading and rereading those chapters.
No one credibly doubts Robert Ridgely's placement among the foremost authorities on the bird life of tropical America, and especially of South America. In this volume he coherently and accessibly takes the reader through the taxonomic minefield that is the bird life of the suboscine passerines of South America. In contrast to the brief paragraphs introducing the family chapters and the subfamily and generic subchapters in Volume 1, the introductory sections in this volume have been expanded, as have the species accounts (be prepared for numerous disclaimers related to ongoing taxonomic disputes).
The species accounts are rewarding and authoritative. Each account includes a section covering identification, followed by a reference to similar species with which the subject might be confused. Perhaps most useful is the section addressing habitat and behavior, summarizing in one place information previously scattered among dozens (hundreds?) of disparate resources (and including a healthy dose of information gleaned from the author's observations of many species). Finally, a written description of the South American range, including elevational distribution (in meters). That range description is supported in each account by a range map in which the species range is shaded in gray. It is after the range description that any taxonomic "footnote" is included.
Guy Tudor is ranked as one of the outstanding wildlife illustrators (he has also collaborated with Steven Hilty on guides to Colombia and Venezuela, to cite well-known examples). The plates in this volume certainly merit praise for their beauty, but perhaps more crucially for their accurate depictions of living birds (no small feat!). This reviewer has first-hand experience with only a small percentage of the birds found on the South American continent (and to date no experience in South America), but I find these few species illustrated faithfully.
It is true that the plates do not include illustrations of every species described in the text; however, the authors "felt that the very complexities of the Suboscine Suborder" necessitated an expansion of the species illustrated (in comparison to Volume 1) . In Volume 1 the plates include at least one member of each genus and of each group within large genera (excepting North American migrants, of which a "selection of common migrants has been included"). The plates portray any "range of variation within each genus or group", and preference is given to species which are "numerous or widespread, all other factors being equal, over those which are relatively scarce". Preference is given to species "found mainly or entirely in eastern or Southern South America; these tend to be less well known as compared with birds found in northern and western South America". And finally, Ridgely and Tudor wanted to "illustrate approximately two-thirds of the species within each (large) genus". They resolved "not to give short shrift to females, as so often is done". The authors did nor elaborate on the criteria they used to expand illustrative coverage in Volume 2.
It is inconceivable that any serious student of South American (or even tropical American) bird life would consider his or her library complete without this volume.