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The Tanagers. Natural History, Distribution, and Identification

Isler, Morton L., Isler, Phyllis R.

Editore: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1987
ISBN 10: 0874745527 / ISBN 13: 9780874745528
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Titolo: The Tanagers. Natural History, Distribution,...

Casa editrice: Smithsonian Institution Press

Data di pubblicazione: 1987

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Riassunto: The tanagers are a diverse New World family of birds numbering some 242 species, some of them colourful and conspicuous. The authors have studied them at first hand and have drawn together existing information on the natural history and distribution of tanagers, most of it previously unpublished. Information on field identification is also included. The book will be of great interest to ornithologists, zoologists, and all who are interested in natural history, by contributing to the understanding of the tanagers and the ecosystems of which they are part.

Recensione: The tanagers of the Western Hemisphere, write ornithologists Morton and Phyllis Isler, belong to a rather fluid category of birds known as the "nine-primaried oscines," songbirds whose tiny outermost wing primary is concealed. That category includes many kinds of birds--cardinals, buntings, and warblers among them--and, the Islers suggest, the old taxonomies simply will not do. Even so, for the time being tanagers enjoy separate status as a monophyletic group, and one interesting enough to warrant not only birdwatchers' attention, but also the authors' compilation of this thoroughgoing reference book. It takes in some 240 fructivorous and insectivorous species distributed widely in space, from Alaska to southern Chile, offering detailed notes on their habitat, behavior, range, breeding habits, and vocalizations. Some tanager species, the authors explain, are intensely localized; Orchesticus abeillei, for example, inhabits only a few montane forests in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Others are far more wide-ranging, among them the northern hepatic tanager, Piranga flava, which is found from Central America to as far north as Illinois. Admirers of these beautiful birds will find much of value in the Islers' pages, and they'll want to have this well-illustrated guidebook in their backpacks or bookshelves. --Gregory McNamee

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