Handbook of the Birds of the World: Special Volume: New Species and Global Index
Edited By: Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and David Christie
With the release of the 16th volume of the "Handbook of the Birds of the World", this project had been brought to completion. In the 20 years that have past since this project started some new species have been discovered. This Special Volume will cover and illustrate all these species, 84 in total with texts, plates and distribution maps in typical HBW format.
An unexpected addition to this volume is a section including the original scientific descriptions of 15 species, all totally new to science. These descriptions are the combined work of a number of renowned Amazonian ornithologists, and highlight the massive importance of the world's largest area of tropical forest.
The inclusion of all these scientific descriptions in the Special Volume is of some additional significance because to find so many species described simultaneously, in the same paper, one has to go back well over a century. From the initial projected list for the volume of 53 species, this special volume now presents an overall total of 84 new species, including those described directly in the volume.
This volume will furthermore include a comprehensive introduction by Jon Fjeldsa on the changes in bird macrosystematics that have occurred in the last two decades. Also, in response to the many requests from subscribers over the years, the Special Volume will include a global index to the collection, an indispensable and useful tool which will enable users to quickly find the specific species they are looking for in the more than 12,500 pages of the 16 volumes.
There is also a collection of 200 stunning bird photos selected from the images presented in the HBW World Bird Photo Contest 2012, in homage to the wonderful birds of the world, to dedicated and inspiring nature photographers, and to the loyal supporters of the HBW project, the HBW subscribers! 812 pages.
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