Stonechats

A Guide to the Genus "Saxicola"

Ewan Urquhart; Illustrated by Adam Bowley

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January 11, 2003
320 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
34 b/w + 106 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300099706
Cloth

Published in association with Christopher Helm/A & C Black

This book is the first to provide a comprehensive treatment of the fourteen members of the genus Saxicola—the stonechats and bushchats. The group is distributed throughout the Old World and includes some familiar and widespread species as well as island endemics and extreme rarities. These charismatic birds are eye-catching in both appearance and behavior but are often hard to identify.

The text details all aspects of identification, including plumages, voice, behavior, seasonal movements, and distribution. There are also discussions about issues of speciation and racial variation within the genus, based on new DNA research to assess taxonomic relationships within the group, as well as explanations of conservation issues affecting the group. The book presents an impressive collection of photographs and line drawings, accompanied by an exceptionally beautiful set of thirteen color plates that show each species in a variety of plumages.

Ewan Urquhart has been involved in field ornithology for the last 36 years. Adam Bowley, a professional bird artist, was the winner of the Identification Section of Birdwatch magazine’sprestigious Bird Illustrator of the Year award in 1999 and 2000.

Helm Identification Guides

“This book is delightful and does the Saxicola genus a great service. . . . The authors achieved in their book a huge compilation of a tremendous amount of information and references relevant to Stonechats. . . . A large goldmine. . . . Remarkable are the extremely powerful and very well done colour plates and the many smaller fascinating black-and-white sketches. . . . A text which offers much fascinating reading. . . . This publication makes for the stonechat bible, presented by the authors as a true labour of love and obsession; they are to be congratulated. This publication is worth reading, and should stand in your bookshelf for specifics on species information and identification.”Falk Huettmann, The Canadian Field-Naturalist


“This book details the fourteen members of the genus Saxicola, comprised of Stonechats and Bushchats. . . . Urquhart presents detailed accounts of each species, providing information on taxonomy, identification of the sexes and different plumages, distribution, migration patterns, breeding, preferred habitats and behavior. . . . This is a beautiful book that presents the first comprehensive volume on Stonechats and Bushchats.”—Wildlife Activist

“This fine book covers in detail the fourteen members of the genus Saxicola the stonechats and bushchats. . . . The detailed text covers all aspects of identification, including plumages, voice, behavior, seasonal movements, and distribution. . . . An addition to the detailed identification guides and a treatise in its own right, Stonechats is a pleasing and authoritative addition published by Yale of the famous Helm series.”Charles E. Keller, Indiana Audobon Society

Chosen as the 2003 Best Bird Family Book by WorldTwitch Magazine