Brazil, the fifth largest nation in the world, is one of the planet's richest places for avian diversity and endemism. With the Birds of Brazil field guide series, the Wildlife Conservation Society brings together a top international team to do justice to the incredible diversity of Brazil's avifauna. This first guide of the planned five-volume series features the 743 bird species of the Pantanal and Cerrado regions of Central Brazil.
The sprawling Pantanal plain, one of the world's most famed birding sites, is a seasonally flooded wetland boasting both impressive concentrations of large waterbirds and species such as the Toco Toucan, Hyacinth Macaw, Golden-collared Macaw, and endemic Blaze-winged Parakeets. The Cerrado is a distinctive Brazilian habitat that is the planet's biologically richest savanna.
This compact modern field guide's unparalleled color artwork throughout, identification points, and range map for each species enable easy identification of all the birds normally found in these vibrant and critically important areas of Brazil. With 116 threatened species encompassing 25 percent of South America's threatened birds, Brazil has an imperative to conserve its birds and unique habitats that begins with their appreciation and identification. Thus, the species accounts are coupled with an introductory chapter on the region's unique environments and pressing conservation challenges. This practical and portable guide is an indispensable companion to those visiting Brazil's glorious natural areas of the Pantanal and Cerrado.
About the Author
John A. Gwynne is Chief Creative Officer/V.P. for Design emeritus, Wildlife Conservation Society. He is an artist of books including Field Guide to the Birds of Panama and Birds of Venezuela. Robert S. Ridgely is an executive of the World Land Trust. He is the renowned coauthor of Birds of Ecuador, also from Cornell, and author of The Birds of South America, Field Guide to the Songbirds of South America, and A Guide to the Birds of Panama. Guy Tudor is the Neotropics' most acclaimed bird artist, a MacArthur fellow, and principal illustrator of The Birds of South America, Field Guide to the Songbirds of South America, A Guide to the Birds of Venezuela, and A Guide to the Birds of Colombia. Martha Argel is a widely known Brazilian ornithologist and translator of the Portuguese edition of this work.
Table of Contents
IntroductionBirding in BrazilPantanal & Cerrado: Protecting Wild BrazilSpecies AccountsReferencesIndex
What People are Saying About This
"This landmark guidethe first in an ecologically focused seriesrepresents a major milestone for birding and conservation in the American tropics. Brazil is by far the richest country in the world for birds and tropical wilderness. Avian diversity and abundance combine magically in the Pantanal and Cerrado regions of Brazil's interior. Finally, we have a field guide covering all the birds of this region, richly illustrated by the best in the business and complete with detailed notes and photographs describing the unique ecology and conservation issues of this captivating piece of paradise. Kudos to John A. Gwynne, Robert S. Ridgley, Guy Tudor, and Martha Argel for carrying through with this labor of love. Birding in Brazil just became a whole lot easier and more rewarding. I can't wait to get back down there and use this book!"