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Birds of Venezuela by Steven L. Hilty
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Venezuela has an immensely rich bird fauna, with 1,381 known species, many of them found nowhere else in the world. This spectacularly illustrated, comprehensive, and up-to-date guide brings together under one cover much of what is known about these species. Its users can identify all the birds in this vast country, from the Caribbean coast in the north to the Amazonian jungles in the south, from the Andes in the west to the Gran Sabana plateau in the east. With a completely new text by Steven Hilty, Birds of Venezuela is a greatly expanded and thoroughly reformatted successor to the pioneering Guide to the Birds of Venezuela (Princeton,1978). It includes sixty-seven beautiful color and black-and-white plates, most by the well-known artists John Gwynne and Guy Tudor, as well as numerous line drawings. The plates and drawings together--almost half of them never before published--depict most of Venezuela's bird species. Introductory chapters cover physical geography, climate, biogeography, vegetation and habitats, conservation, migration, and the history of ornithology in Venezuela. A gallery of forty-four stunning color habitat photos and color habitat and relief maps complete the opening section. Detailed range maps plot collection localities and sight records--a unique feature--for almost all species. Plumage descriptions are provided for each bird, as is extensive information on voice, behavior, and status. More than 800 bibliographic entries accompany the text, making this book an invaluable and broad-based reference to the avifauna of not only Venezuela but much of northern South America. Treating nearly 40 percent of the continent's bird species, Birds of Venezuela is the definitive resource for all birders with an eager eye on this splendorous country and the surrounding region. The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and best illustrated guide to the birds of Venezuela Covers all 1,381 known species and their subspecies from the Caribbean coast to the jungles of the Amazon, from the Andes to the Gran Sabana plateau--nearly 40 percent of all bird species in South America Completely new text accompanied by more than 800 bibliographic entries Strikingly illustrated with 67 color and black & white plates and numerous line drawings 44 stunning color habitat photos and color habitat and relief maps Detailed range maps for each species… (more)

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Amazonian umbrellabird

American green kingfisher

American pygmy kingfisher

Andean siskin

Ani (bird)

Attila (genus)

Band-rumped swift

Band-tailed barbthroat

Barred antshrike

Bat falcon

Bay-headed tanager

Bearded helmetcrest

Bicolored conebill

Bicoloured hawk

Black skimmer

Black-crested antshrike

Black-dotted piculet

Black-faced grassquit

Black-striped sparrow

Black-tailed tityra

Black-throated mango

Black-throated trogon

Black-whiskered vireo

Blue dacnis

Blue ground dove

Blue-and-yellow macaw

Blue-black grassquit

Blue-chinned sapphire

Blue-gray tanager

Blue-headed parrot

Blue-tailed emerald

Blue-throated piping guan

Boat-billed flycatcher

Bran-colored flycatcher

Bright-rumped attila

Brown tinamou

Brown violetear

Brown-capped vireo

Brown-crested flycatcher

Buff-fronted owl

Buff-throated saltator

Buff-throated woodcreeper

Cacique (bird)


Caquetá seedeater

Carib grackle

Caribbean martin

Celeus (bird)


Chestnut woodpecker

Chestnut-collared swift

Chestnut-mandibled toucan

Chocó screech owl


Cinnamon becard

Club-winged manakin

Cocoa thrush

Cocoa woodcreeper

Collared plover

Common black hawk

Common tody-flycatcher

Copper-rumped hummingbird

Crested guan

Crested oropendola

Crimson-crested woodpecker

Double-striped thick-knee

Dusky antbird

Dusky-capped flycatcher

Eared dove


Emerald toucanet


Euler's flycatcher

Fasciated tiger heron

Ferruginous pygmy owl

Foothill screech owl

Forest elaenia

Formicarius (genus)

Fuscous flycatcher

Giant cowbird

Golden starfrontlet

Golden-bellied starfrontlet

Golden-crowned warbler

Golden-fronted greenlet

Golden-headed manakin

Golden-olive woodpecker

Grassland yellow finch

Gray kingbird

Gray-headed kite

Great antshrike

Great black hawk

Great kiskadee

Greater ani

Green aracari

Green hermit

Green honeycreeper

Green ibis

Green kingfisher

Green-and-rufous kingfisher

Green-backed trogon

Scaled pigeon

Scrub greenlet

Shining honeycreeper

Shiny cowbird

Short-tailed hawk

Short-tailed pygmy tyrant

Short-tailed swift

Silver-beaked tanager

Silvered antbird

Slaty-capped flycatcher

Smooth-billed ani

Social flycatcher

South American snipe

Southern beardless tyrannulet

Southern lapwing

Southern rough-winged swallow

Speckled tanager

Spectacled owl

Spectacled thrush


Squirrel cuckoo

Steely-vented hummingbird


Streak-headed woodcreeper

Streaked flycatcher

Streaked tuftedcheek

Streaked xenops

Stripe-breasted spinetail

Stripe-throated hermit

Striped cuckoo

Sulphury flycatcher

Sun parakeet

Tangara (genus)


Tiny hawk


Torrent tyrannulet

Trinidad piping guan

Troglodytes (wren)

Trogon (genus)

Tropical gnatcatcher

Tropical kingbird

Tropical parula

Tropical pewee

Tufted coquette


Turquoise tanager

Undulated tinamou

Variable seedeater

Vaux's swift

Venezuelan flycatcher

Violaceous euphonia

Violet-crowned woodnymph


Wattled jacana

Wedge-billed woodcreeper

Whiskered myiobius

Whistling heron

White hawk

White-bearded manakin

White-chested emerald

White-collared swift

White-crowned manakin

White-flanked antwren

White-fringed antwren

White-headed marsh tyrant

White-lined tanager

White-necked jacobin

White-necked thrush

White-ruffed manakin

White-shouldered tanager

White-tailed sabrewing

White-throated spadebill

White-throated toucan

White-tipped dove

White-winged swallow

Wing-barred seedeater

Wood quail


Yellow tyrannulet

Yellow-bellied elaenia

Yellow-bellied siskin

Yellow-breasted flatbill

Yellow-chinned spinetail

Yellow-crowned amazon

Yellow-faced grassquit

Yellow-green vireo

Yellow-headed caracara

Yellow-legged thrush

Yellow-rumped cacique

Yellow-tailed oriole


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