A World Checklist of Birds

Burt L. Monroe, Jr., and Charles G. Sibley

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September 22, 1993
416 pages, 7 x 10
ISBN: 9780300055474
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Many field ornithologists record where and when they identify species of birds, especially when they encounter a species out of its normal range or for the first time. Until now, however, a checklist based on the Sibley-Ahlquist-Monroe classification has not been available. In this book, Burt L. Monroe, Jr., and Charles G. Sibley provide a list of 9,702 living avian species based on their 1990 book Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World and its 1993 Supplement.

Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World was awarded the title of "Best Bird Book of the Year" for 1991 by the journal British Birds. In his review in North American Bird Bander, Robert C. Tweit lauded the book as "the most important . . . review and modification of avian taxonomy of this century, making all existing field guides and checklists obsolete." A World Checklist of Birds gives the Latin and English names for the species recognized in that work and in the Supplement, abbreviated geographic distributions, and spaces for checking species observed in the field and for brief notes.

Providing a standardized list of bird names and summaries of avian biogeography and biodiversity, this book will be useful to professional and amateur ornithologists, museum curators, wildlife biologists, and nature writers.

Burt L. Monroe, Jr., chairman of the department of biology at the University of Louisville, is a past president of the American Ornithologists' Union and chairman of the A.O.U. Checklist Committee. Charles G. Sibley, professor emeritus of ornithology and biology at Yale University, was president of the 20th International Ornithological Congress (1986-1990) and a past president of the American Ornithologists' Union.

"The most complete and up-to-date listing of the world's birds, with concise information on each species' geographic range and a standardized system of English common names. It will become the authoritative checklist for bird watchers and an invaluable desk guide to avian diversity for professionals and laypersons alike."—Steve Zack, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University

"As a complete, standardized bird name list and a summary of avian biogeography and biodiversity, this book will be useful to professional and amateur ornithologists, museum curators, wildlife biologists, and nature writers."—Charles E. Keller, Indiana Audubon Quarterly

"This list is superior to others similar to it because it contains subspecies that the authors consider to 'display characteristics that suggest possible species status.'. . . For the nonlister or for those of us who can ill afford world travel, this list makes available Sibley, Monroe, and Ahlquist's DNA-based world taxonomy of birds. This taxonomy is the wave of the future."—Don Tallman, South Dakota Bird Notes

"All libraries where there is any serious interest in ornithology should own Distribution and Taxonomy . . . and its Supplement; together they constitute a landmark contribution to the study of avian systematics. A World Checklist of Birds will be most useful in the personal libraries of both professional and amateur ornithologists, since it is intended as a working tool for individuals who are expected to annotate it."—Paul B. Cors, American Reference Books Annual

"This checklist is a high quality production with good typography, clear design, compact format, excellent binding, and strong paper. . . . It should be useful and appreciated by those who keep records of their sightings of birds anywhere in the world and by those who have to refer to a complete listing of birds of the world in their work or studies."—Henri Quellet, Canadian Field Naturalist

"For those interested in taxonomy and the direction it is going . . . this will be a valuable reference."—Bird Watcher's Digest