Volume 5 includes the orders Strigiformes, Caprimulgiformes, and Apodiformes. Families covered are Tytonidae (Barn Owls); Strigidae (Typical Owls); Steatornithidae (Oilbird); Podargidae (Frogmouths); Aegothelidae (Owlet-nightjars); Nyctibiidae (Potoos); Caprimulgidae (Nightjars); Apodidae (Swifts); Hemiprocnidae (Tree-swifts); and Trochilidae (Hummingbirds).
The book includes a foreword on risk indicators and status assessment in birds.
This is the 5th of the multi-volume series designed to provide the first comprehensive account of all the species of birds in the world. It covers from Barn-owls to Hummingbirds.
Each chapter, headed by a summary box, deals with a different family, and it is subdivided into sections: systematics; morphological aspects; habitat; general habits; voice; food and feeding; breeding; movements; relationship with man; status and conservation; a general bibliography and detailed species accounts.
The species accounts include names in French, German and Spanish, in addition to scientific and English names. Each species features taxonomic notes; subspecies and distribution; habitat; food and feeding; breeding; movements; status and conservation and a selected bibliography. 406 striking photographs illustrate unusual features, such as courtship behaviour, thermoregulation or feeding techniques.
It includes 76 colour plates, 758 colour distribution maps, and 8000 bibliographical references.
|Author||Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal|
|Illustrations||Colour Photographs, Colour Plates, Maps|