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The Faroese Bird Migration Atlas / Færøsk Trækfugleatlas

Distribution Atlas

By: Sjúrður Hammer (Author), Jesper J Madsen (Author), Jens-Kjeld Jensen (Author), Kjeld T Pedersen (Author), Dorete Bloch (Author), Kasper Thorup (Author)

264 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

Faroe University Press

Paperback | Jan 2014 | #221658 | ISBN-13: 9789991865522
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £29.99 $37/€34 approx

About this book

Language: Danish with bilingual figure captions in English and Danish, short English summaries with each species profile, and multilingual nomenclature and name index with English, scientific, Danish and Faroese names

The Faroese Bird Migration Atlas contains separate sections for 90 species, including colour photographs and maps which should be inviting for anyone with an interest in North Atlantic ornithology. While the bulk of the text is in Danish, there is an English summary for each species and all figures and tables are in both Danish and English.

Nearly 100 000 birds have been ringed in the Faroe Islands since the first lesser black-backed gull was ringed in 1912. The entire collection of these ringings and recoveries are for the first time compiled into one publication spanning 97 years of ringing history.

The migration and spread of 90 bird species have been described in a detailed and consistent way throughout The Faroese Bird Migration Atlas. Depending on the amount of material the description includes breeding and wintering areas, distribution, timing and direction of migration, causes of recovery etc.

The authors hope for the The Faroese Bird Migration Atlas is that this might be an important milestone in Faroese ringing history, and a tribute to the contribution that various ringers from the Faroes, Denmark and United Kingdom have made throughout the generations, and their hope that this respectable collaboration may continue into the future.

The Faroese Bird Migration Atlas was funded through Aage V. Jensen foundation and is published by the Faroese Academic Press.

"[...] Bird ringing in the Faroes is administered by the University Zoological Museum, Copenhagen; it began in 1912 with the total reaching 100 000 in 2009 including 123 species. This has resulted in over 3 000 recoveries or controls to which can be added almost 2 000 recoveries in the Faroes of birds ringed elsewhere. This excellent book covers all this work and its results. The bulk of the text is in Danish; however, it is all amply illustrated and the texts associated with maps, graphs and diagrams are given in English, as are generous summaries of each species account so language is not a drawback. [...] The amount of work on some species has been extraordinary [...] There is much of interest in this impressive work [...] Let us hope that this first-class presentation of factual material will stimulate further studies on these superbly situated islands."
- G.R. (Dick) Potts, Ibis 157(2), April 2015

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