This book is the first definitive ornithological field guide to New Guinea, the world's second largest island and one of the richest tropical environments in the Old World. Because of its isolation, New Guinea's biota includes spectacular radiations of unusual plants and animals (of which the birds of paradise are perhaps best known). The region has long attracted naturalists, ecologists, and anthropologists. This book treats all of the more than 700 species of birds recorded from the region, illustrating more than 600 of them in forty-seven fine color plates and eight black-and-white halftone plates. The text contains species accounts treating identification, distribution, ecology, vocalizations, and behavior. This is preceded by a detailed introduction to the region, with sections on climate, biogeography, rainforest ecology, and conservation.
A chief contribution of the book is the wealth of information on the habits of many of the region's little-known species. Included is an ornithological gazetteer, along with four maps showing natural features and important ornithological localities.
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"This extraordinary and long-awaited work combines deep authority and scholarship with the authors' extensive field experience and museum expertise. The book increases our knowledge of New Guinea's obscure avifauna and offers a superior modern perspective."--Frank B. Gill, author of Ornithology
"This is an essential reference for anyone interested in the birds of New Guinea, natural resource policy, and conservation practices."--Christopher Filardi, American Museum of Natural HistoryAbout the Author:
Bruce M. Beehler is a research associate of the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and a naturalist with interests in birds and forests. Thane K. Pratt is a research associate at the B. P. Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii and a bird conservationist with a focus on the tropical Pacific. Pratt and Beehler are the coauthors of the field guide Birds of New Guinea, Second Edition (Princeton).
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1986. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110691023948
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1986. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0691023948