The study by Zuccon & Ericson, which was the only one that analysed Blue-fronted Robin, found this species to be sister to the whistling thrushes, supporting the previously ... The other chats/robins do not form a monophyletic group.
Author: Peter Clement
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This authoritative handbook, part of the Helm Identification Guides series, looks in detail at the world's 170 species of robins and chats. This large family of small passerines was formerly considered to be part of the thrush family (Turdidae), but is now usually treated as a separate family, Muscicapidae, together with the Old World flycatchers. The vast majority of species are Eurasian or African, with only a handful of species straying into the New World or Australasia. The Australian Robins, although superficially similar, have long been regarded as a separate family. Robins and chats are a diverse family comprising both highly colourful and visible species, such as the robin-chats of Africa, as well as some of the most skulking and elusive birds, such as the shortwings of Asia. Many chats, such as the well-known Nightingale, are renowned songsters, and a good number are highly sought-after by world listers for their extreme rarity or simply because they are hard to see. This book discusses the identification and habits of these birds on a species-by-species basis, bringing together the very latest research with accurate range maps, more than 600 stunning colour photographs that illustrate age and racial plumage differences, and 64 superb colour plates by the internationally renowned artist, Chris Rose. This authoritative and sumptuous book will be an essential purchase for all chat enthusiasts, and will become the standard reference on the subject for many years to come.
Ravens (see crows) Robins (including robin-chats and scrub-robins) As the name implies, scrubrobins tend to feed in the lower strata or on the ground in arid underbrush. The males sing conspicuously from perches just above the ground.
Author: Trevor Carnaby
Publisher: Jacana Media
Revealing fascinating insights into the mysterious lives of birds native to the mother continent, this remarkable guide exhibits the many vibrantly colorful species found in the South African bush. Providing an in-depth discourse on all aspects of bird life--detailing their myriad forms, survival strategies in a harsh landscape, breeding and feeding behaviors, movements, migrations, preferred habitat, unique behavioral patterns, and vocalizations--this comprehensive manual also expertly advises on how to easily and accurately identify each individual species. Populated with more than 900 brilliantly vivid photographs and exhaustively researched to fill the gap in existing literature and field guides, this essential reference will delight nature lovers, tourists, birdwatchers, and bush lovers alike.
Robins and Chats , Nightingales and Redstarts are wanting , but their places are taken by the Blue - Birds ( Sialia ) and other forms . The bill in the Turdide varies considerably in shape , being sometimes flattened and beset with many ...
2 RUFOUS BUSH CHAT Cercotrichas galactotes familiaris Page 446 Fairly common palearctic migrant in dry bush and scrub, Nov.–early April. Pumps tail like scrub robin. Pale grey-brown, with largely rufous rump and tail, ...
Author: Dale A. Zimmerman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This field guide is an abridged edition of the very successful Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania written by the same authors. It covers all 1089 bird species known from the region, including vagrants. This book combines the format and detailed treatment of the larger version with the convenience of a field guide. All the species are illustrated with full details of all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Concise text describes identification, status, range, habits and voice with range maps for nearly every species. This authoritative book will not only be an indispensable guide to the visiting birder, but also a vital tool for those engaged in work to conserve and study the avifauna of these countries.
a THRUSHES , ROBINS AND RELATIVES The Turdidae is a diverse group of colourful medium - to - small insectivores , of which ... The robin - chats ( genus Cossypha ) typically have bright orange underparts , brownish or blueish upperparts ...
Author: Philip Briggs
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
This new visitor's guide provides a colorful overview of the region's variety of large mammals together with an insight into their habits and habitats.
Author: Christopher M. PerrinsPublish On: 1987-01-01
CHATS , ROBINS CHATS AND ROBINS part of family Turdidae 304 species in Hopping p . 47 ; the world . Migration p . 237 . This enormous family includes several important groups , including the chats , the smaller relations of the true ...
Author: Christopher M. Perrins
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Identifies 429 species, describes the life, physical structure, and behavior of birds, and discusses breeding, feeding, migration, nests, eggs, and territories.
451 Oenanthe isabellina Isabelline Wheatear* 855/439 Family: TURDIDAE thrushes, robins, chats, etc A locally very common Palearctic migrant overwintering, and on spring and autumn passage inland, recorded from 24 August to undated in ...
Author: John Ash
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Somalia, with seven endemic species, is one of the most important bird areas in Africa; it is also one of the least well-known. Birds of Somalia provides an atlas of 654 maps showing the distribution of all the species known from the country. Each species account details the species' preferred habitat, its relative abundance, and details of migration, breeding season and clutch size. Much of the ornithological content of the book is based on personal experience. About 70% of the observations on the maps were provided by the authors and they claim to have seen all but one of the 654 birds on the Somali list. Besides adding over 50 first time records to it, they were also responsible for finding and adding to science one new species and four new subspecies of birds in Somalia. Chapters summarise the available knowledge on bird migration and breeding seasons within Somalia. The records are astonishing when it is considered that they come from such a little-known country. The results of the rather limited amount of ringing carried out in the country are also summarised, and the recoveries of ringed birds are of extreme interest. Christopher Hemming contributes what amounts to a major treatise on the soils and vegetation of Somalia, Carlo Violani and Fausto Barbagli provide a historical review of ornithology and ornithologists, Professor Celia Nyamweru describes the geology, and Peter Robertson gives an up-to-date perspective on the state of bird and habitat conservation and the issues involved. A magnificent series of coloured plates by Martin Woodcock is included which depict 25 little-known birds special to the region, including the new species and races. There is also a selection of habitat photographs and excellent maps showing the topography, geology and vegetation of the country. There are further lists detailing hybrids, doubtful records, species offshore and borderline and unacceptable records. Of much interest and value to many, including museum workers and those not directly involved in ornithology, will be the gazetteer of localities throughout Somalia. Its value is greatly enhanced by being cross referenced in Somali (with the old and new spellings), English and Italian. Lastly, a full bibliography lists more than 550 titles.