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The only complete monograph on the birds of Azerbaijan, a Transcaucasian country bordering the Caspian Sea. The monograph includes an introduction to the geography of Azerbaijan, the history of ornithology in the country, analysis of the avifauna, conservation, 372 species accounts, distribution maps, annotated bird list, sections on important bird areas, colonial birds, waterfowl, influence of cold winters and oil pollution. The monograph also includes the most complete list of references on the birds of Azerbaijan.
Acknowledgements - Geography of Azerbaijan - A Brief Review of Ornithological Studies in Azerbaijan - The Avifauna of Azerbaijan from the mid 19th century to late 20th century - Avifaunistic Regions of Azerbaijan - Bird Conservation in Azerbaijan - Species Accounts: - Family Gaviidae - Divers (Loons) - Family Podicipedidae - Grebes - Family Pelecanidae - Pelicans - Family Phalacrocoracidae - Cormorants - Family Ardeidae - Herons, Egrets and Bitterns - Family Ciconiidae - Storks - Family Threskiornithidae - Ibises and Spoonbills - Family Phoenicopteridae - Flamingo - Family Anatidae - Swans, Geese and Ducks - Family Pandionidae - Osprey - Family Accipitridae - Hawks, Eagles and Vultures - Family Falconidae - Falcons - Family Tetraonidae - Grouse - Family Phasianidae - Pheasants, Partridges and allies - Family Gruidae - Cranes - Family Rallidae - Rails, Crakes and allies - Family Otididae - Bustards - Family Burhinidae - Stone Curlews - Family Charadriidae - Plovers - Family Recurvirostridae - Stilts and Avocets - Family Haematopodidae - Oystercatchers - Family Scolopacidae - Sandpipers, Snipes and allies - Family Glareolidae - Pratincoles and Coursers - Family Stercorariidae - Skuas and Jaegers - Family Laridae - Gulls and Terns - Family Pteroclididae - Sandgrouse - Family Columbidae - Pigeons and Doves - Family Cuculidae - Cuckoos - Family Strigidae - Owls - Family Caprimulgidae - Nightjars - Family Apodidae - Swifts - Family Coraciidae - Rollers - Family Alcedinidae - Kingfishers - Family Meropidae - Bee-eaters - Family Upupidae - Hoopoes - Family Picidae - Woodpeckers - Family Hirundinidae - Swallows and Martins - Family Alaudidae - Larks - Family Motacillidae - Wagtails and Pipits - Family Laniidae - Shrikes - Family Bombycillidae - Waxwings - Family Oriolidae - Orioles - Family Sturnidae - Starlings - Family Corvidae - Crows and allies - Family Cinclidae - Dippers - Family Troglodytidae - Wrens - Family Prunellidae - Dunnocks and Accentors - Family Turdidae - Thrushes and allies - Family Sylviidae - Old World Warblers - Family Regulidae - Kinglets - Family Muscicapidae - Old World Flycatchers - Family Paradoxornithidae - Parrotbills and allies - Family Aegithalidae - Long-tailed Tits - Family Remizidae - Penduline Tits - Family Paridae - Tits - Family Sittidae - Nuthatches - Family Certhiidae - Treecreepers - Family Passeridae - Sparrows - Family Fringillidae - Finches - Family Emberizidae - Buntings - References - Appendix 1. A List of Birds of Azerbaijan - Appendix 2. Important Birds Areas of Azerbaijan - Appendix 3. Mixed Colonies of Cormorants, Herons, Egrets and Ibises in Azerbaijan - Appendix 4. Wildfowl Hunting in Azerbaijan - Appendix 5. Impact of Cold Winters on Birds - Appendix 6. Impact of Oil Pollution on Birds - Appendix 7. Glossary - Appendix 8. Geographic Names - References
Michael Patrikeev, a graduate of St. Petersburg University, Russia, lived and worked in Azerbaijan for 14 years, and the expertise he acquired there meant that he was able to make a valuable contribution to such books as Birds of the Western Palearctic, Concise Edition (Snow & Perrins 1998) and Important Bird Areas in Europe (Health & Evans/BirdLife International, 2000). Michael is now an Avian Biologist at the World Birding Center (Texas) and President of the Institute for the Conservation of World Biodiversity (Canada). He is currently involved in bird studies and conservation activities in Canada, Texas, Mexico and Peru.