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HBW and Birdlife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 2: Passerines

World / Checklist
  • Convenient totals for all extant and extinct taxa
  • Each species conveniently cross-referenced to the volume and page of treatment in the HBW series
  • Revised species names in French, German and Spanish, and other common names in English when appropriate
  • Colour-coded subspecies groups marked to highlight distinct forms and their relationships
  • Completely updated at the macrosystematic, genus, species and subspecies levels
  • Changes and other relevant issues fully explained under taxonomic notes of each species
  • Detailed descriptions of ranges for all species and subspecies
  • Official IUCN category of each species from the 2016 BirdLife International/IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
  • Reference numbers included in text with complete bibliographical list at the end of the volume
  • Plate layout subtly divided by species and genera for a clearer arrangement
  • Colour illustrations for all species, including for distinctive subspecies and morphs, from the HBW series with numerous corrections and new figures
  • Newly revised distribution maps with country borders included

Series: HBW and Birdlife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World Volume: 2

By: Josep Del Hoyo(Author), Nigel J Collar(Author), David A Christie(Author), Andrew Elliott(Author), Lincoln DC Fishpool(Author), Peter Boesman(Author), Guy M Kirwan(Author), Norman Arlott(Illustrator), Hilary Burn(Illustrator), John Cox(Illustrator), François Desbordes(Illustrator), Ren Hathway(Illustrator), Francesc Jutglar(Illustrator), Ian Lewington(Illustrator), H Douglas Pratt(Illustrator), David Quinn(Illustrator), Chris Rose(Illustrator), Brian E Small(Illustrator), Jan Wilczur(Illustrator), Ian Willis(Illustrator), Tim Worfolk(Illustrator)

1013 pages, 446 plates with 12629 colour illustrations and 6649 colour distribution maps

Lynx Edicions

1 customer review
Hardback | Jan 2017 | #204304 | ISBN-13: 9788496553989
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £205.00 $264/€225 approx

About this book

Having finished the Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW), Lynx are publishing a checklist in association with BirdLife: HBW and Birdlife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. This will complement the HBW collection and each volume will be the same size as a HBW Volume, with Volume 1 covering the non-passerines, and volume 2 covering the passerines.

These books are really two works in one. They are a complete checklist whose taxonomy incorporates the most up-to-date information and an exhaustive methodology (Tobias et al. 2010) in an entirely systematic and consistent way. At the same time, they contain illustrations and distribution maps for every bird species in the world. This includes the original artwork from the HBW series, as well as hundreds of new illustrations, all in two compact volumes.

An extensive introduction, with many illustrated examples, explains the rationale and advantages of the taxonomic system adopted in the Checklist, as well as how to use the book. With the guidance of many genetic studies and the aid of the scoring system employed to evaluate differences in morphology, vocalizations, ecology and geographical relationships, the number of taxonomic changes for the passerines has been significantly high. At present (totals may change slightly before publication), the volume 2 has 41 lumps and 628 splits, compared with the taxonomy presented in the HBW series.

Large-format maps offer the reader assistance in interpreting the distribution sections. They provide both administrative and physical details, for greater clarity of use.

In total, Volume 2 deals with 1 order, 138 families, 1,358 genera, 6,592 extant species, 57 extinct species, and has 2809 bibliographical references.

"[...] The great thing about this list compared to [...] others is that every species is both illustrated and has a distribution map. Both of these have been carefully updated as necessary from the original HBW volumes and there are nearly 650 completely new illustrations as well as revisions of about 10% of the others. [...] The price is quite high but if you want a world checklist and an impressive book which contains an enormous amount of information then it is probably worth it."
– Peter Lack, BTO book reviews


Reviews (1)

Great reading
By Juha 10 Feb 2017 Unconfirmed Purchase Written for Hardback

Been reading the book for several days and have come to conclusion that this is going to take weeks, months – yes even years to get it all. A really astonishing task to have completed this, I'm awed.

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