Review: Bird Families of the World

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Bird Families of the World: A Guide to the Spectacular Diversity of Birds
by David W. Winkler, Shawn M. Billerman, and Irby J. Lovette
Co-published by Lynx Edicions and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 2015
ISBN-10: 8494189204 ISBN-13: 978-8494189203 599 pages

Bird_families_of_the_world_514I found this book to be amazing with lots of photos. Definitely one for my coffee table, once I can afford it.  Amazon lists it at $110.00.  I was able to check it out from my library:  Library of Congress call number:  QL672.5 .W56 2015, Dewey call number: 598.2 W77b.  I agree with the Amazon reviewer KiHu  “This is an excellent book, with tons of great information! It’s truly a joy to browse through this book of bird families, and enjoy the photos, range maps, size comparisons, and general information. One GLARING and unfortunate omission is the lack of a species list for each bird family; there is NO reason to not have a complete list of species for each and every bird family.”  I think it would still be worth owning if one is willing to spend the $$$. — JennyBird_families_of_the_world_326

From the publisher:
“Here in one volume is a synopsis of the diversity of all birds. Published in 2015, between the two volumes of the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this volume distills the voluminous detail of the 17-volume Handbook of Birds of the World into a single book. Based on the latest systematic research and summarizing what is known about the life history and biology of each group, this volume will be the best single-volume entry to avian diversity available. Whether you are a birder with an interest in global bird diversity, or a professional ornithologist wishing to update and fill-in your comprehensive knowledge of avian diversity, this volume will be a valuable addition to your library.”

Bird_families_of_the_world_438Table of Contents:
Introduction
Three new bird family names J. Fjelda et al.
Struthionidae
Galiformes
Anseriformes
Podicipediformes
Phoenicopteriformes
Columbiformes
Mesitornithiformes
Pterocliformes
Caprimulgiformes
Cucliformes
Musophagiformes
Otidiformes
Opisthocomiformes
Gruiformes
Charadriiformes, Charadrii
Charadriformes, Scolopaci
Charidiformes, Lari
Eurypygiformes
Phaethontiformes
Gaviiformes
Sphenisciformes
Procellariiformes
Ciconiiformes
Suliformes
Pelecaniformes
Cathartiformes
Accipitriformes
Strigiformes
Coliiformes
Leptosomiformes
Trogoniformes
Bucerotiformes
Coraciiformes
Piciformes
Cariamiformes
Falconiformes
Psittaciformes
Passeriformes, Acanthisitti
Passeriformes, Tyranni, Old World Suboscines
Passeriformes, Tyranni, New World Suboscines
Passeriformes, Passeri, “Basal Oscines”
Passeriformes, Passeri, Corvoid Oscines
Passeriformes, Passeri, “Basal Oscines”
Passeriformes, Passeri, Sylvioid Oscines
Passeriformes, Passeri, Certhioid Oscines
Passeriformes, Passeri, Muscicapoid Oscines
Passeriformes, Passeri, Reguloid Oscines
Passeriformes, Passeri, Bombycilloid Oscines
Passeriformes, Passeri, Passeroid Oscines
Literature Cited
Glossary
Index


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