The world's rarest birds
- Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash & Robert Still ; with contributions by Nick Langley ... [et al.] ; and illustrations by Tomasz Cofta.
- Priceton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2013.
- Physical description
- 360 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 29 cm.
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- The World's Rarest initiative 7 Introduction to the world's birds 8 Diversity and distribution 8 Endemic Bird Areas 8 Important Bird Areas 9 Birds and humans 10 The world's rarest birds 11 The IUCN/BirdLife species category assignment process 12 Going or gone? 16 The known unknowns 20 The distribution of threatened birds 22 Last chances to save 24 The threats birds face 25 Agriculture and aquaculture 28 Logging/plant harvesting 30 Invasive and other problematic species 32 Hunting and trapping 34 Residential and commercial development 36 Fire and fire management 38 Climate change and severe weather 39 Geological events 40 Human disturbance 41 Pollution 42 Transport and other infrastructure 44 Energy production and mining 45 Dams and water abstraction 46 Fishing 47 The need for conservation 48 Threats without borders 50 The Regional Directories (see overleaf for full listing) 54 Structure of the regional sections 54 Glossary of terms 56 Acknowledgements 332 Appendix 1 - Extinct Species 336 Appendix 2 - The bird families with globally threatened species 339 Index 347 The Regional Directories Europe and the Middle East 58 The conservation challenges 62 Regional Directory 64 Africa and Madagascar 68 Africa and Madagascar - the conservation challenges 72 Threatened bird hotspot - Madagascar 74 Threatened bird hotspot - Angola 76 Conservation challenge - Grassland Management 78 Regional Directory 80 Asia 100 Asia - the conservation challenges 104 Threatened bird hotspot - The Philippines 106 Threatened bird hotspot - Indonesia 108 Conservation challenge - Vultures 110 Conservation challenge - Bustards 112 Conservation challenge - Hornbills 114 Conservation challenge - The world's most threatened flyway 116 Regional Directory 118 Australasia 150 Australasia - the conservation challenges 154 Threatened bird hotspot - Australia 156 Threatened bird hotspot - New Zealand 158 Threatened bird hotspot - Australasian Islands 160 Threatened bird hotspot - New Caledonia 162 Regional Directory 164 Oceanic Islands 180 Oceanic islands - the conservation challenges 186 Threatened bird hotspot - Hawaii 190 Threatened bird hotspot - Polynesia & Micronesia 194 Threatened bird hotspot - Galapagos 196 Threatened bird hotspot - Indian Ocean Islands 198 Threatened bird hotspot - Atlantic Ocean Islands 200 Conservation challenge - The albatross conundrum 202 Regional Directory 206 The Caribbean, North and Central America 236 The threatened birds - an overview 240 Threatened bird hotspot - The Caribbean 242 Threatened bird hotspot - North America 244 Threatened bird hotspot - Central America 246 Regional Directory 248 South America 264 South America - the bird continent 268 Threatened bird hotspot - Choco (Colombia and Ecuador) 270 Threatened bird hotspot - Peru 272 Threatened bird hotspot - The Amazon Basin 274 Threatened bird hotspot - The Atlantic Forest 276 Conservation challenge - Hunting and trapping 278 Regional Directory 280 Data Deficient Species 322.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publisher's Summary
- This illustrated book vividly depicts the most endangered birds in the world and provides the latest information on the threats each species faces and the measures being taken to save them. Today, 571 bird species are classified as critically endangered or endangered, and a further four now exist only in captivity. This landmark book features stunning photographs of 500 of these species - the results of a prestigious international photographic competition organized specifically for this book. It also showcases paintings by acclaimed wildlife artist Tomasz Cofta of the 75 species for which no photos are known to exist. "The World's Rarest Birds" has introductory chapters that explain the threats to birds, the ways threat categories are applied, and the distinction between threat and rarity. The book is divided into seven regional sections: Europe and the Middle East; Africa and Madagascar; Asia; Australasia; Oceanic Islands; North America, Central America, and the Caribbean; and, South America. Each section includes an illustrated directory to the bird species under threat there, and gives a concise description of distribution, status, population, key threats, and conservation needs. This one-of-a-kind book also provides coverage of 62 data-deficient species.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Includes index.
- 9780691155968 (hbk.)
- 0691155968 (hbk.)