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In this unique book Ricardo Rozzi and his collaborators present a cultural ethnography and an illustrated guide to the forest birds of southern Chile and Argentina. Included are entries on fifty bird species, among them the Magellanic Woodpecker, Rufous-Legged Owl, Ringed Kingfisher, Buff-Necked Ibis, Giant Hummingbird, and Andean Condor. Each bird is named in Yahgan, Mapudungun, Spanish, English, and scientific nomenclature, followed by a description, full color photographs, the bird's distribution map, habitat and lifestyle, and its history in the region. Each entry is augmented further with indigenous accounts of the bird in history and folklore. The book includes two CDs with recordings of birdcalls and their names in four languages, followed by numerous narratives of Yahgan and Mapuche stories about the birds translated directly from interviews with elders of both communities.
RICARDO ROZZI is an associate professor in philosophy and religion studies at the University of North Texas. He is the author or coauthor of The Route of Darwin through the Cape Horn Archipelago, The World's Southernmost Ethnoecology, and The Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve.