Project Description

Brazil’s bird diversity is one of the richest in the world. And yet there has never been a comprehensive field guide to this splendid and elusive avifauna. Until now.

The carefully vetted text and images are the first to cover the full range of bird life in this vast and varied country. The more than 1800 up-to-date accounts treat the Yellow-nosed Albatross to the Sombre Hummingbird, the Ash-throated Gnat-eater to the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Nighthawks and Jacamars to Motmots, Puffbirds, and Peppershrikes.  They are all here–every species and many subspecies found in each region of Brazil–with special attention given to the 218 Brazilian endemics. The book is laid out so that the illustrations sit across from the commentary and the distribution maps, so it is easy to use. Also, the author uses short-hand notation throughout, to make the book compact and easy to carry when in the field. For each bird, the scientific, English, and Portuguese name are given as well as detailed information on measurement; identifying features; habitat; voice, song, and call. Distribution maps show the range for each species, also indicating seasonality and occurrence, essential for finding and identifying specific birds.  From the equatorial North to the tropics, the introductory paragraphs set the stage in describing Brazil’s varied biogeography, climate, geomorphology, and natural vegetation. A list of protected areas of Brazil, information on relevant national and international organizations, a bibliography and further references, and an English-Portuguese dictionary of frequently used terms enhance the user-friendly qualities.

Anyone wishing to fully explore the fabulously varied bird life of Brazil will find this light-weight, easy-to-use, attractive guide an invaluable field companion.

Oxford University Press, USA
Project Details

Date: 2009
Pages: 480 pages

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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All birds on this page represent families that occur only (or mainly) in the New World

Antpittas, like this SCALED ANTPITTA, are only found in the NW
Restricted to the NW are the antbirds, some of which follow ant swarms. Many confusing species like this LARGE-BILLED ANTWREN
Ovenbirds like this RUSTY-BACKED SPINETAIL occur only in the New World. Many species; some build oven-like mud nests,others huge twig nests
Woodpeckers are found worldwide (except Australasia) but the tiny piculets like this OCHRE-COLLARED PICULET mainly in the New World (about 28 species versus 4 in the Old World)

Many wrens occur in the NW, while only one species is found in the Old World. Many have a lovely song like the FLUTIST WREN

Listen to the beautiful song of the FLUTIST WREN

CRIMSON TOPAZ. Hummingbirds are restricted to the New World
Numerous confusingly similar seedeaters including this WING-BARRED SEEDEATER. Belongs to the NW family of Buntings & NW Sparrows
There are many beautiful species in the NW Tanager family like this RED-NECKED TANAGER and the BRAZILIAN TANAGER on the back cover

This PLUM-THROATED COTINGA belongs to the NW family of Cotingas, which contains many splendidly coloured and highly decorative species. The manakins also belong here
A GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER from the family of American Warblers
The BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER is a member of the NW Tyrant family. This is possibly the largest NW family, with very many difficult-to-identify species.
Another Tyrant is the small PAINTED TODY FLYCATCHER

CRESTED OROPENDOLA, that makes the woven nest shown on the background of these pages. Large birds (much larger than the OW weaverbirds) which belong to the NW family of American Blackbirds

Parrots occur worldwide but macaws like this HYACINTH MACAW only in South America