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By: Sergei A Toropov(Author)
572 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps
Language: English, with essays in English and Russian; English, Russian, Kigrhiz, Kazakh, Tajik, Uzbek, and scientific nomenclature; and alphabetical indices with English, Russian, and scientific bird names
This is the first book of a series and combines characters of a scientific work and photobook, devoted to the birds of this remarkable mountain area in Central Asia. In total, this book presents 77 species breeding in the region and 32 non-residents species from the orders Galliformes, Anseriformes, Gaviiformes, Podicipediformes, Phoenicopteriformes, Ciconiiformes, Pelecaniformes, Accipitriformes, and Falconiformes.
Latin, Russian, English, Kigrhiz, Kazakh, Tajik, and Uzbek names for each species are given, as well type localities for all listed species and subspecies. The first chapter of the book contains the checklist of resident taxa and essays in Russian and English about breeding birds species; each essay includes data distribution and regional status, typical habitats, life-history, general abundance, measurements of mature birds, and resident subspecies. All essays are illustrated with colour photographs of birds in a natural setting, typical biotopes, and for some species – photographs of its juveniles and nests with eggs. Information about spreading of (sub)species is presented on colour relief-shaded map.
The second chapter contains the annotated list and colour photographs (in nature) of non-residents (sub)species (wintering, migrants, and visitors). The book also contains references, alphabetical indices for Latin, Russian, and English bird names, and selected photos reporting field expeditions of project participants.
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