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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
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).
"It is well illustrated with good quality photographs that are much better than I had expected of some potentially obscure and little known birds [...] [a] highly enjoyable book that can be recommended to anyone with an interest in the world's birds."
– Clive Herbert, The London Naturalist 97, 2018