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

World / ChecklistNew
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)

1012 pages, 440 colour plates with 12100 colour illustrations and 6638 colour distribution maps

Lynx Edicions

Hardback | Dec 2016 | #204304 | ISBN-13: 9788496553989
Availability: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks Details
NHBS Price: £205.00 $253/€237 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, 1,351 genera, 6,585 extant species, and 58 extinct species.

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