The Birds of Ecuador: Field Guide by Robert S. RidgelyThe Birds of Ecuador: Field Guide by Robert S. Ridgely

The Birds of Ecuador: Field Guide

byRobert S. Ridgely, Paul J. GreenfieldForeword byFrank Gill

Paperback | July 3, 2001

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The Birds of Ecuador comprehensively treats the nearly 1600 species of birds that can be found in mainland Ecuador. The authors describe Ecuador this way: "One of the wonders of the natural world. Nowhere else is such incredible avian diversity crammed into such a small country.... Birds are, happily, numerous in many parts of Ecuador: even the downtown parks of the big cities such as Quito and Guayaquil host their complement."

Volume II, the field guide volume of this two-volume set, contains 96 full-color plates and facing pages of descriptive text, a color map of Ecuador, along with two line drawings of bird anatomy, 115 silhouette outlines, and nearly 1600 distribution maps. All species are illustrated in full color, including migrants and vagrants and visually distinctive subspecies. The text focuses on the field identification aspects of each species, including their behavior, vocalizations, and nest appearance.

The two volumes of The Birds of Ecuador are available separately or may be purchased as a slipcased set.

Robert S. Ridgely is a world-renowned ornithologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences and the author of Birds of Panama and Birds of South America. Paul J. Greenfield has been studying and painting the birds while residing in Ecuador for 28 years. Frank B. Gill is Senior Vice President of Science for the National Audubon Society, form...
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Title:The Birds of Ecuador: Field GuideFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:880 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.27 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.13 × 0.27 inPublished:July 3, 2001Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:080148720X

ISBN - 13:9780801487200

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Table of Contents

Plan of the Book
Beginning With Birds
Color Plates
Tinamiformes
Tinamidae - TinamousPodicipediformes
Podicipedidae - GrebesSphenisciformes
Spheniscidae - PenguinsProcellariilormes
Diomedeidae - Albatrosses
Procellariidae - Shearwaters and Petrels
Hydrobatidae - Storm-PetrelsPelecaniformes
Phaethontidae - Tropicbirds
Fregatidae - Frigatebirds
Sulidae - Boobies and Gannets
Phalacrocoracidae - Cormorants and Shags
Anhingidae - Darters
Pelecanidae - PelicansAnseriformes
Anhimidae - Screamers
Anatidae - Ducks, Geese, and SwansPhoenicopteriformes
Phoenicopteridae - FlamingosCiconiilormes
Ardeidae - Herons, Bitterns, and Egrets
Threskiornithidae - Ibises and Spoonbills
Ciconiidae - Storks
Cathartidae - American VulturesFalconiformes
Accipitridae - Kites, Eagles, Hawks, and Osprey
Falconidae - Falcons and CaracarasGalliformes
Cracidae - Curassows, Guans, and Chachalacas
Odontophoridae - New World QuailsGruiformes
Rallidae - Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
Eurypygidae - Sunbittern
Heliornithidae - Finfoots
Aramidae - Limpkin
Psophiidae - TrumpetersCharadriiformes
Jacanidae - Jacanas
Scolopacidae - Sandpipers, Snipes, and Phalaropes
Thinocoridae - Seedsnipes
Burhinidae - Thick-knees
Haematopodidae - Oystercatchers
Recurvirostridae - Stilts and Avocets
Charadriidae - Plovers and Lapwings
Stercorariidae - Skuas and Jaegers
Laridae - Gulls and Terns
Rynchopidae - SkimmersColumbiformes
Columbidae - Pigeons and DovesPsillaciformes
Psittacidae - Parrots and MacawsCuculiformes
Cuculidae - Cuckoos and Anis
Opisthocomidae - HoatzinSlrioiformes
Tytonidae - Barn Owls
Strigidae - Typical OwlsCaprimulgiformes
Steatornithidae - Oilbird
Nyctibiidae - Potoos
Caprimulgidae - Nightjars and NighthawksApodilormes
Apodidae - Swifts
Trochilidae - HummingbirdsTrogoniformes
Trogonidae - Trogons and QuetzalsCoraciiformes
Alcedinidae - Kingfishers
Momotidae - MotmotsPiciformes
Galbiilidae - Jacamars
Bucconidae - Puffbirds
Capitonidae - New World Barbets
Ramphastidae - Toucans
Picidae - Woodpeckers and PiculetsPasserilormes
Furnariidae - Ovenbirds
Dendrocolaptidae - Woodcreepers
Thamnophilidae - Typical Antbirds
Formicariidae - Antthrushes and Antpittas
Conopophagidae - Gnateaters
Rhinocryptidae - Tapaculos
Tyrannidae - Tyrant Flycatchers
Cotingidae - Cotingas
Pipridae - Manakins
Corvidae - Crows, Jays, and Magpies
Vireonidae - Vireos, Peppershrikes, and Shrike-Vireos
Turdidae - Thrushes
Mimidae - Mockingbirds and Thrashers
Cinclidae - Dippers
Hirundinidae - Swallows and Martins
Troglodytidae - Wrens
Polioptilidae - Gnatcatchers and Gnatwrens
Motacillidae - Pipits and Wagtails
Parulidae - New World Warblers
Thraupidae - Tanagers, Honeycrccpers, Bananaquit, and Plushcap
Cardinalidac - Saltators, Grosbeaks, and Cardinals
Embcnzidae - Emherizine Finches
Icteridae - American Orioles and Blackbirds
Fringillidae - Cardueline Finches
Passeridae - Old World Sparrows
Bibliography
Index of English Names
Index of Scientific Names

Editorial Reviews

Birds of Ecuador comprehensively treats the nearly 1600 species of birds that can be found in mainland Ecuador. The authors describe Ecuador this way:"One of the wonders of the natural world. Nowhere else is such incredible avian diversity crammed into such a small country.... Birds are, happily, numerous in many parts of Ecuador: even the downtown parks of the big cities such as Quito and Guayaquil host their complement." Volume I, Status, Distribution, and Taxonomy, contains detailed information on the ecology, status, and distribution of all species. Introductory chapters deal with geography, climate, and vegetation; bird migration in Ecuador; Ecuadorian ornithology; endemic bird areas in Ecuador; and conservation. Individual species accounts treat habitat, distribution, and taxonomy. Volume II, Field Guide, contains 96 full-color plates and facing pages of descriptive text, a color map of Ecuador, 2 line drawings of bird anatomy, 115 silhouette outlines, and nearly 1600 distribution maps. All species are illustrated in full color, including migrants and vagrants and visually distinctive subspecies. The text focuses on the field identification aspects of each species, including their behavior, vocalizations, and nest appearance. The two volumes are available separately or may be purchased as a slipcased set."What Ridgely and Greenfield have produced is arguably the most important publication on birds in the region since the appearance of Wetmore's... treatise on the birds of Panama a half-century ago.... The accounts are compacted but chock-full of information, covering status, habitat, field marks, similar species, habits, and voice. Despite the fact that this is a superb field guide,... it is the companion volume that elevates these books to a rarefied standing. This book} consists of accounts for all the species in the field guide.... The second volume makes this set more than just a field guide and handbook. It makes it perhaps the single most important reference for students, professionals, and bird watchers interested in the birds of South America, one that will be a first source for decades." - Eirik A.T. Blom, Bird Watcher's Digest, November/December 2001