Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. — 498 p.The only one-volume comprehensive survey of the family Anatidae available in English, this book combines lavish illustration with information on the natural history, distribution and status, and identification of all the species. After an introductory discussion of the thirteen tribes of Anatidae, separate accounts follow for each of the nearly 150 recognized species. These include scientific and vernacular names (in French, German, and Spanish as well as English), descriptions of the distribution of all recognized subspecies, selected weights and measurements, and identification criteria for both sexes and various age classes. The “Natural History” section of each species account considers habitats, foods, social behavior, and reproductive biology. Finally, a short discussion of the species’ present population status and current evidence about its evolutionary relationships are presented. A glossary of technical terms and derivations of vernacular names and a reference list of more than three hundred sources supplement the text. A large number of illustrations — more than 170 line drawings and 132 distribution maps — were prepared especially for this volume, which also includes 59 color plates. Every species is illustrated in line drawings or photographs or both. For this 2010 revised edition, the author has prepared an extensive supplement — The World’s Waterfowl in the 21st Century — discussing revisions to the taxonomy, changing status and distributions of species, and thirty years of laboratory and field studies by ornithology experts worldwide.
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