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Amazing as it might sound, ornithologists are still discovering several bird species each year that are completely new to science. These aren't all obscure brown birds on tiny islands – witness the bizarre Bare-faced Bulbul from Laos (2009), spectacular Araripe Manakin from Brazil (1998), or gaudy Bugun Liocichla from north-east India (2006).
Birds New to Science documents more than half a century of these remarkable discoveries, covering around 300 species. Each account includes the story of discovery, a brief description of the bird (many with accompanying photographs), and details of what is known about its biology, range and conservation status.
Written in an engaging style, this is a rich reference to an incredible era of adventure in ornithology.
- Scope of the book
- The concept of species
- The description of the world's birds
- Species accounts
- Future new species
- Invalid species
- Future discoveries
- The ethics of collection
- Conservation issues
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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).
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