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The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World Hardcover – Jun 1 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates; 6 edition (June 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801445019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801445019
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 4.9 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #543,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book contains the birds' common and scientific names and regional distributions. If offers a comprehensive list of birds living today, organized by taxonomical family. Space is provided for the readers to record the location and date of individual sightings. Also included are a list of extinct species, a country-by-country directory to where the birds live, and references for the various bird families. Forewords by Jared Diamond and Anthony W. White."—Science News

"Two of the great names of bird study: Clements and Cornell. The world of birders will benefit from the fruits of this new collaboration this book is great news for all of us."—Peter Kaestner, the third-ranked birder in the world

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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4dfa72c) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a71360) out of 5 stars fabulous book with small faults Sept. 30 2007
By Lutz Arndt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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 .
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a713b4) out of 5 stars A big list, not much more July 3 2007
By P. Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a71690) out of 5 stars Specialty for birders' life list Jan. 27 2014
By David B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a71588) out of 5 stars The ultimate March 17 2013
By Andrew Paterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a71774) out of 5 stars Fantastic reference book Nov. 22 2007
By James D. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book gave me all the info I needed on the various bird species I was researching. Current species and subspecies nomenclature, range of each subspecies, etc. Couldn't ask for a more precise and complete book.