Monographs / Books

This Ornithology subject resource guide is available courtesy of Marcia Schiff ? 2009.

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American Ornithologists? Union. (1998). The A. O. U. check-list of North American birds: The species of birds of North America from the Arctic through Panama, including the West Indies and Hawaiian Islands (7th ed.). Washington, DC: American Ornithologists? Union.

This text was prepared by the Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of the American Ornithologists? Union to provide a listing of all birds in North America. It is organized by family and covers over 2,000 species of birds. Included is the family, genus, common English name, scientific name, author who named the bird and date, habitat, distribution and notes. There is an extensive citation list in the back of the book plus a full index of all of the birds. This book would be useful to beginning to advanced birdwatchers and professional ornithologists.

Beletsky, L. (2006). Birds of the world. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press.

This text is beautifully illustrated with over 1,300 species covered. After an introductory section, there are detailed descriptions of the birds intended to highlight the diversity among the 200 bird families. Topics included by the author are the geographic distribution, the number of living species, number of endangered species, and the number of extinct species since the year 1600. This reference would be useful to anyone with a serious interest in bird species and habitat conservation from beginning to advanced birdwatchers, scholars, and professional ornithologists.

BirdLife International. (2000). Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona, Spain: Lynx Edicions.

This is the official source of birds on the IUCN Red List. It lists 1,186 species that are currently globally threatened primarily due to habitat loss or degradation. It is documented with color illustrations and the birds? distributions are mapped. This reference is for anyone with a serious interest in conservation efforts aimed at bird species and their habitats.

Dickinson, E. C. (Ed.). (2003). The Howard and Moore complete checklist of the birds of the world (3rd ed.).? Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

This text is organized by family and contains over 25,000 bird names. It includes the scientific name, the common English name, author who gave the name and year, number of genus and species, and the range. A symbol indicates if the bird is extinct. There are no photographs or illustrations in this text. An extensive list of references and index of scientific names are at the back of the book. This scholarly text would be of interest to birdwatchers and professional ornithologists.

Gill, F. B. (1995). Ornithology (2nd ed.). New York: W. H. Freeman and Company.

An excellent reference text used in university level ornithology courses at the University of New Mexico, this text provides an excellent look at all of the key topic areas: history, origins, anatomy, physiology, feeding, behavior, communication, habitat, migration and navigation, reproduction, growth and development, demography, species, and conservation of endangered species. Both an extensive bibliography and index are located at the back of the book. This reference would be useful not only for students, but for beginning to advanced birdwatchers as well as professional ornithologists.

Gill, F., & Wright, M. (2006). Birds of the world: Recommended English names. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

This was the first text to provide a standardization of English language nomenclature for over 10,000 living birds of the world. There are neither photographs nor illustrations in the book. The names are listed in taxonomic order with related scientific names and brief descriptions of the birds? breeding ranges. There is an accompanying CD with full text and additional information on the species so that the information can be placed in Excel format for sorting, editing, exporting, and for creating databases. This reference is for serious scholars and professional ornithologists.

Kaufman, K. (1996). Lives of North American birds. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

This book, published as a hard back, covers over 900 species and features a good introduction to understanding classification, habitat, territory, and songs and calls. Sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the profiles are organized by family and include the common English name, scientific name, range, habitat, feeding, nesting, migration, and conservation status. This book would be useful to beginning to advanced birdwatchers, students, and professionals.

Sattersfield, A. J., Crosby, M. J., Long, A. J., & Wege, D. C. (1998). Endemic bird areas of the world: Priorities for biodiversity conservation. Cambridge, UK: The Burlington Press Ltd.

This book was sponsored by BirdLife International, an organization which is highly involved in conservation efforts. It is an extensive review of birds in small range areas which are considered restricted range species. It is organized by location with an extensive look at the various bird species that includes tables of conservation status, general characteristics, and a discussion of the threats and conservation information. One appendix is organized by bird species and another appendix is alphabetical by country with each endemic bird area being carefully coded. An extensive reference list and index are located at the back of the book. This monograph would be useful to anyone with a concern about bird conservation from casual to serious birdwatchers, students, and professionals.

Sibley, C. G., & Monroe, B. L., Jr., (1990). Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

This reference arranges the species in a classification based on their phylogenetic relationships determined from an examination of their DNA. It includes the distribution of the birds of the world, provides a numbering system of the species, includes maps showing the distributions, and provides an index to the common English names and scientific names of each species. There is an extensive reference list and complete index of the birds at the back of the book. This scholarly book is for professional ornithologists and anyone else with a serious interest in the study of ornithology.

Welty, J. C., & Baptista, L. (1988). The life of birds (4th ed.). New York: Saunders College Publishing.

This edition is described by the authors as a textbook revision. It is a comprehensive reference text used at the college level that covers all the important topics: classification, natural history, anatomy, physiology, food and feeding, habits, reproduction and breeding, behavior, vocalization, care and development of young birds, demographics, ecology, geography, flight, migration, origin and evolution, and relationship to man. While designed for college level students, this book would also be very useful to anyone wanting to learn or review important topics in ornithology — beginning to advanced birdwatchers as well as professional ornithologists.

IntroductionAssociations and MeetingsDatabasesJournalsMonographs/BooksReference ResourcesWebsites

This Ornithology subject resource guide is available courtesy of Marcia Schiff ? 2009.