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The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World [Hardcover]

James F. Clements
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June 1 2007 Clements Checklist of Birds of the World

Birds have long held a unique dual role as a model group for scientists and as the focus of birders' passionate quests. Despite centuries of observation, each year brings the discovery and description of several entirely new avian species and hundreds of other taxonomic "splits" or "lumps" based on DNA data. In this arena of continual and increasing taxonomic change,The Clements Checklistpresents the most up-to-date and most widely endorsed compendium of the more than 9800 species of birds recognized by the scientific and birding communities.

This completely revised sixth edition is current as of January 1, 2007, and incorporates hundreds of updates since the last edition. In taxonomic sequence, it provides the scientific and English name of each species and a description of the worldwide range of each species and subspecies.

The most established resource on the taxonomy and biogeography of birds for the world birding community,The Clements Checklistis the official world checklist of the American Birding Association (ABA) and is used as the authoritative reference in the birding competitions and listing activities of this preeminent North American organization for serious birders.

Features ofThe Clements Checklistinclude:

*comprehensive indexes with all taxa listed by English and scientific names;

*tables and maps showing the world distribution of total bird species and endemics by geographic area, which will be of special interest to conservationists; and

*space to record the location and date of individual sightings, providing the user with a personalized ornithological journal.

The checklist is being continually updated by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. These updates are being posted to the Lab's website evey three months and will eventually be incorporated into the next edition ofThe Clements Checklist.

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'Whether you want to maintain your own world list or be able to access an authoritative reference to all of the world's birds, the new Clements is an essential acquisition.' Birdwatch (September 2007) 'Birders now go all over teh wrold to add new birds to their list, and this checlist is especially intended for them.' TiMG (August 2007) '..most user-friendly layout of all the current world checklists..' Birding World (December 2007) '..this fully updated sixth edition, is probably the most- favoured checklist of birdwatchers around the globe.' '..each edition of this superb checklist [is] a must-have for the serious world birder.' Lancaster & Morecombe Newspapers (November 2007) 'J.F. Clements...undertook establishing a practical list, usable by ornithologists. A remarkable piece of work, including it's weight (2.3 kg).' Alauda (2009) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

John W. Fitzpatrick is the Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Checklist review July 16 2013
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This is a very welcome addition to my "birding" library and is exactly what I have been looking for. It is both for the advanced and the pretty amateur birder like me.

A large book, it has space for individual notes and comments as well.

It is pretty expensive at $60+ but I received a sale item and a large discount which made it very affordable.

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4.0 out of 5 stars fabulous book with small faults Sept. 30 2007
By Lutz Arndt - Published on Amazon.com
I will divide in what I find good and not so good of this book .
the size ,with 28,5 & 22 cm it's a lot bigger than the Howard + Moore and Sibley + Monroe books , which leaves a lot of space to make your notes inside the book ,like I do ,
very good binding and of course the complete listing of all the bird species and subspecies .
Not so good :
the splitting into species goes in my opinion a little to far ,especially by the Australian species .
Bad :
some species of the checklist are also listed as subspecies by species from which they were split ,with a little proofreading this could have been avoided .
For the price amazon is asking ,this book is a must if you want a checklist of the birds of the world .
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3.0 out of 5 stars A big list, not much more July 3 2007
By P. Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
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Clements is the bible of bird taxonomy, but this book is basically just a list of every species with sublists of each subspecies, and very basic information as to where that subspecies is located. I was disappointed that there is no summary of changes from this 6th edition from the prior edition, although I assume this information will eventually be available on-line somewhere. This is a book that lots of very serious birders know they want, and they should get it. But if you don't know exactly what this book is already and know that you want it, you probably don't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate March 17 2013
By Andrew Paterson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must in any birder's library, especially those who are interested in taxonomic and distributional developments, and (I suppose) twitchers/listers (which I am not) who like to keep track of all their little ticks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Specialty for birders' life list Jan. 27 2014
By David B. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a specialty book for birders who want a current listing all of the known birds of the world. It's a way to maintain a life list of bird species. Also, it's continuously updated by Cornel University's Laboratory of Ornithology over the internet. It's not a book to be read but to be used to maintain a list birds you've seen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 7 2013
By Will Kennerley - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must-have for my any serious birder and it does a fantastic job of showing the great diversity of life in the avian world
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