Monday, August 2, 2010


     Cleere, Nigel. Nightjars, Potoos, Frogmouths, Oilbird and Owlet-nightjars of the World. 2010. Princeton University Press/WildGuides. Hardbound: 464 pages. Price: $45.00 U.S.

SUMMARY: This is the ultimate identification guide to the nightjars, potoos, frogmouths, Oilbird, and owlet-nightjars of the world. Covering all 135 known species of these elusive and cryptically plumaged birds, this illustrated guide features more than 580 superb color photographs depicting every species and many subspecies, including numerous images never before published. Photos of museum specimens are provided for birds for which no images in the wild exist, including species not seen since their original discovery. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, confusion species, vocalizations, distribution, habitat and altitudinal range, breeding season and sites, egg type and clutch size, downy chick, status, and Red List category. This easy-to-use photographic guide also includes a color distribution map for every species as well as sections on plumage, taxonomy, and more.
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those with any interest in nightjars! Tropical birders will also find it useful. Although the text is concise, the photographs highlight this book!

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