The Handbook of the Birds of the World is the first work ever to illustrate and deal in detail with all the living species of birds. Material in each volume is grouped by families, with an introductory text on general aspects of the group, generously illustrated with colour photographs. This is followed by individual species accounts and their accompanying colour plates illustrating all species, including all significant sexual and subspecific differences, of all of the families covered. In addition, all volumes contain a foreword on a particular ornithological theme.
Volume 14 of the Handbook of Birds of the World continue the series covering the families of the order Passeriformes from the Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae) through to the Old World Sparrows (Passeridae).
"[...] Overall, as with most previous volumes in this series, Volume 14 of HBW is an outstanding piece of work and will prove to be a major source of reference for birders or for anyone interested in ornithology. I find myself using the various volumes of HBW more often than many of the other books in my library, and I for one am looking forward to seeing the penultimate volume at the end of this year. Unlike some of the other publishers in the bird book business, Josep del Hoyo and his team seem to be incredibly reliable in getting volumes of this series to their readers on time. I guess that means that they have very few siestas in their Barcelona office and are all busy working whilst the rest of Spain is sleeping!"
- Frank Lambert (08-03-2010), read the full review at The Birder's Library
Foreword: Birding Past, Present and Future - a Global View, by Stephen Moss. Order PASSERIFORMES Family Malaconotidae (Bush-shrikes) Family Prionopidae (Helmet-shrikes) Family Vangidae (Vangas) Family Dicruridae (Drongos) Family Callaeidae (New Zealand Wattlebirds) Family Notiomystidae (Stitchbird) Family Grallinidae (Mudlarks) Family Corcoracidae (Australian Mudnesters) Family Artamidae (Woodswallows) Family Cracticidae (Butcherbirds) Family Pityriaseidae (Bristlehead) Family Ptilonorhynchidae (Bowerbirds) Family Paradisaeidae (Birds-of-paradise) Family Corvidae (Crows) Family Buphagidae (Oxpeckers) Family Sturnidae (Starlings) Family Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
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