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The Clements Checklist: Birds of the World

The Clements Checklist: Birds of the World

James F Clements

Birds have long held a unique dual role as a model group for scientists and as the focus of birders' passionate quests. Despite centuries of observation, each year brings the discovery and description of several entirely new avian species and hundreds of other taxonomic "splits" or "lumps" based on DNA data. In this arena of continual and increasing taxonomic change, The Clements Checklist presents the most up-to-date and most widely endorsed compendium of the more than 9800 species of birds recognised by the scientific and birding communities. This completely revised sixth edition is current as of January 1, 2007, and incorporates hundreds of updates since the last edition. In taxonomic sequence, it provides the scientific and English name of each species and a description of the world-wide range of each species and subspecies.

The most established resource on the taxonomy and biogeography of birds for the world birding community, The Clements Checklist is the official world checklist of the American Birding Association (ABA) and is used as the authoritative reference in the birding competitions and listing activities of this pre-eminent North American organisation for serious birders.

Features of The Clements Checklist include

  • comprehensive indexes with all taxa listed by English and scientific names;
  • tables and maps showing the world distribution of total bird species and endemics by geographic area, which will be of special interest to conservationists; and
  • space to record the location and date of individual sightings, providing the user with a personalised ornithological journal.

About the Author

The late James F. Clements, a partner in the successful printing firm of George Rice & Sons, was a naturalist, entrepreneur, and adventurer. Jared Diamond is Professor of Geography and Physiology at UCLA. John W. Fitzpatrick is Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. 760 pages.

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