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Multi-Ethnic Bird Guide of the Sub-Antarctic Forests of South America

  • Ricardo Rozzi and collaborators University of North Texas Press & Ediciones Universidad de Magallanes 2010 Denton, Texas, USA & Punta Arenas, Chile United States http://untpress.unt.edu/catalog/bookid/332

    Previously published under the title: Multi-ethnic bird guide of the austral temperate forests of South America

    English , Neotropic, , Chile, , Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae), New World Vultures (Cathartidae), Kites, Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae), Caracaras, Falcons (Falconidae), Rails, Crakes and Coots (Rallidae), Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae), Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae), Parrots (Psittacidae), Barn Owls (Tytonidae), Owls (Strigidae), Hummingbirds (Trochilidae), Kingfishers (Alcedinidae), Woodpeckers (Picidae), Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae), Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae), Cotingas (Cotingidae), Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae), Wrens (Troglodytidae), Thrushes (Turdidae), Finches (Fringillidae), Oropendolas, Orioles & Blackbirds (Icteridae), 04/01/2010 1574412825 9781574412826 No value 04/01/2010 9781574413458



Freely access the audio files from the book's two CDs located in the
UNT Digital Library
, which include identifying bird songs and folklore stories.

A copublication between the University of North Texas Press and the Universidad de Magallanes, in support of the joint Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program

The sub-Antarctic forests of South America are the world's southernmost forested ecosystems. The birds have sung in these austral forests for millions of years; the Yahgan and Mapuche peoples have handed down their bird stories from generation to generation for hundreds of years.

Multi-ethnic Bird Guide of the Sub-Antarctic Forests of South America,
Ricardo Rozzi and his collaborators present a unique combination of bird guide and cultural ethnography. The book includes entries on fifty bird species of southern Chile and Argentina, among them the Magellanic Woodpecker, Rufous-Legged Owl, Ringed Kingfisher, Buff-Necked Ibis, Giant Hummingbird, and Andean Condor. Each bird is named in Yahgan, Mapudungun, Spanish, English, and scientific nomenclature, followed by a description, full color photographs, the bird's distribution map, habitat and lifestyle, and its history in the region.

Each entry is augmented further with indigenous accounts of the bird in history and folklore. Two audio CDs (included) orient the reader with the birdcalls and their names in four languages, followed by numerous narratives of Yahgan and Mapuche stories about the birds translated directly from interviews with elders of both communities.

"Highly original in its approach of combining information on natural history and biodiversity with information on the region's human cultural and linguistic diversity."—Chris Elphick, coauthor of
The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior

"Full of the rich complexity of human/animal relations as well as being a beautiful and informative guide to the birds of South America."—David Rothenberg, New Jersey Institute of Technology


About Author:


is an associate professor in philosophy and religion studies at the University of North Texas, with a masters degree in philosophy and doctorate in ecology. He is a part-time researcher at the Universidad de Magallanes, Chile, and the author or coauthor of
The Route of Darwin through the Cape Horn Archipelago, The World's Southernmost Ethnoecology,
The Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve.

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