Sunbirds: A Guide to the Sunbirds, Spiderhunters, Sugarbirds and Flowerpeckers of the World (Anglais) Relié – 13 janvier 2001
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The guide begins with a systematic list covering each family, subfamily, tribe and genera and continues with a section on the style and layout of the species accounts, topography of sunbirds and flowerpeckers, morphology (including some nice illustrations of tongue structures), relationships and taxonomy. A section on behavior illustrates some feeding and foraging behavior as well as courtship displays. Sections on breeding, distribution, parasites, mortality, physiology, migration, economic importance and conservation follow.
Richard Allen’s 48 plates cover all of the species in great color and rendition. Very detailed and large on the plates, none seem too crowded and often show favored flowers. Facing each plate are descriptions of the many plumages rendered for each species with male, female, juvenile and subspecies. Brief descriptions are given for each of the plumages.
Past the plates is the systematic section that begins with each family and subfamily with an introduction of each genera. Each member of the families is covered in great detail with information on identification, voice, distribution, habitat, status, movements, food, habits, breeding, a description for each plumage, geographical variation, measurements and references. Along with each species account is a large range map.
Overall this is an excellent guide to this group of birds. The taxonomy could use an update but so could almost every bird guide with evolution providing a constant change. The plates are very good and the information very thorough. The maps are only two tone and don’t show subspecies range which would be nice but there is no other guide that covers this wonderful group of birds so it’s worth getting and using.
I love this book as this book provides the information about world's most important pollinating birds and seed dispersal flowerpeckers.