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New World Blackbirds

Chris Merkord
  • The Icterids Jaramillo,Alavaro; Burke, Peter Princeton University Press 1999 Princeton, New Jersey United States http://press.princeton.edu/titles/6620.html

    431 pages, 39 col plates, line illus, 103 col maps

    432 pp. | 6 x 9 | 39 color plates 103 maps 25 line drawings


    Published in 1999 in the United States, Canada, and the Philippine Islands by Princeton University Press. In the United Kingdom, published by Christopher Helm (Publishers) Ltd, a subsidiary of A & C Black (Publishers) Ltd.

    English , Nearctic, Neotropic, , Oropendolas, Orioles & Blackbirds (Icteridae), Helm Identification Guides 02/01/1999 0713643331 9780713643336 No value No value

New World Blackbirds is a comprehensive guide to the 103 members of the family Icteridae, also known as the icterids or troupials. The icterids are a diverse family, ranging throughout the Americas from Alaska to the Caribbean and south to Cape Horn. Despite the name "blackbird," the group contains such highly colored birds as the orioles. It includes common and intensively studied species--the Red-winged Blackbird and the Brown-headed Cowbird, for example--and such rare and obscure birds as the Colombian Mountain-Grackle and the Montserrat and Martinique Orioles. Two species in the family, the Selva Cacique and the Pale-eyed Blackbird, were not described at all until as recently as the 1960s and 1970s.


The thirty-nine highly detailed plates in this book depict all the species and many subspecies and age types never illustrated before. The book also contains over one hundred color range maps as well as black-and-white illustrations to aid identification. The extensive text summarizes the characteristics and natural history of each species, giving details on behavior, nesting, geographic variation, distribution, vocalizations, and in-depth plumage descriptions for all age types. Clearly written and exhaustively researched, this book will be the standard reference work for this major family of birds.

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