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A unique synthesis of ecological information on all 4,037 species of birds found from Mexico south to Tierra del Fuego. In tables that cover over 300 pages, including much unpublished data, the authors summarize details of 40 key ecological parameters for each bird species. Moreover, because bird communities are good indicators of habitat type and condition, they also analyze the bird species of major habitats from a conservation perspective and develop specific guidelines to illustrate how governments, conservation organisations, and wildlife managers can use this ecological information to anchor conservation strategies in sound biological reality.
List of Illustrations Preface Note to Readers 1: Introduction: Neotropical Bird Communities and Conservation Pt. 1: Birds and Vegetation: Distribution and Threats 2: Neotropical Vegetation Types as Avian Habitats 3: Neotropical Humid Forests 4: Neotropical Dry Forests and Arid Scrubs 5: Neotropical Grasslands 6: Neotropical Aquatic Communities Pt. 2: Bird Migration and Conservation in the Neotropics 7: Nearctic Migrants in the Neotropics: How Big Is the Threat? 8: Austral and Intratropical Bird Migration in the Neotropics Pt. 3: Priorities for Protection 9: Guiding Principles for Conservation in the Neotropics 10: Centers of Diversity at Risk: Translating Principles into Action Pt. 4: Ecological and Distributional Databases Theodore A. Parker III, Douglas F. Stotz, John W. Fitzpatrick. 11: The Development of Ornithology for Conservation in the Neotropics 12: A Guide to the Databases Database A Zoogeographic and Ecological Attributes of Bird Species Breeding in the Neotropics Database B Distribution of Neotropical Bird Species by Country Database C Nearctic Migrants 1: Species Not Breeding in the Neotropics Database D Nearctic Migrants 2: Species Breeding in the Neotropics Database E Austral Migrants Database F Seabirds Not Breeding in the Neotropics Database G Nearctic Partial Migrants Database H Austral Partial Migrants Database I Indicator Species Literature Cited Database Sources General Index Index of Scientific Names