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Rare Birds of North America
Steve N. G. Howell, Ian Lewington & Will Russell

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
How to Use This Book xi
Abbreviations and Terminology xv
Geographic Terms xvii
INTRODUCTION
WHAT IS A 'RARE BIRD'-AND WHEN AND WHENCE? 1
MIGRATION AND VAGRANCY IN BIRDS 4
MIGRATION 4
VAGRANCY 6
Drift 7
Misorientation 10
Overshooting 14
Dispersal 14
Association 16
Disorientation 16
False Vagrancy 16
WHERE DO NORTH AMERICAN VAGRANTS COME FROM? 16
OLD WORLD SPECIES 16
East Asia 19
Western Eurasia-Africa 22
NEW WORLD SPECIES 24
Mainland 24
Island 29
PELAGIC SPECIES 30
Temperate Southern Hemisphere 30
Subtropical and Equatorial 30
TOPOGRAPHY, MOLT, AND AGING 32
BIRD TOPOGRAPHY 32
MOLTS AND PLUMAGES 32
MOLT AND AGING 35
Waterfowl 36
Pelagic Seabirds 38
Gulls and Terns 39
Shorebirds 39
Wading Birds 39
Raptors and Owls 40
Larger Landbirds 40
Aerial Landbirds 40
Songbirds 41
SPECIES ACCOUNTS
WATERFOWL 44
OLD WORLD 44
NEW WORLD 65
SUNGREBES 70
ALCIDS 71
PELAGIC SEABIRDS 74
PETRELS 74
ALBATROSSES 92
STORM-PETRELS 104
TROPICBIRDS 111
FRIGATEBIRDS 112
BOOBIES 117
GULLS AND TERNS 124
SHOREBIRDS 141
OLD WORLD 141
Plovers 142
Oystercatchers 151
Stilts 152
Sandpipers 154
Pratincoles 189
NEW WORLD 190
Thick-knees 190
Plovers 191
WADING BIRDS 194
OLD WORLD 194
Herons 194
Cranes 203
Rails 206
NEW WORLD 210
Herons 210
Storks 211
Rails 213
Jacanas 215
RAPTORS AND OWLS 217
OLD WORLD 217
NEW WORLD 230
LARGER LANDBIRDS 237
OLD WORLD 237
Nightjars 237
Pigeons 238
Cuckoos 240
Hoopoes 243
Woodpeckers 244
Corvids 246
NEW WORLD 248
Pigeons 248
Cuckoos 251
Trogons 252
Kingfishers 254
AERIAL LANDBIRDS 255
OLD WORLD 255
Swifts 255
Swallows 259
NEW WORLD 260
Hummingbirds 261
Swifts 272
Swallows 274
SONGBIRDS 278
OLD WORLD 278
Old World Flycatchers 279
Shrikes 286
Accentors 288
Chats and Thrushes 289
Old World Warblers 303
Wagtails and Pipits 315
Larks 322
Old World Buntings 323
Finches 334
NEW WORLD 342
Tyrant-flycatchers and allies 343
Mimids 362
Thrushes 365
Silkies (Silky-flycatchers) 373
Wrens 374
Vireos 375
Wood-warblers 377
Grassquits 385
Tanagers 388
New World Grosbeaks and Allies 393
New World Orioles 398
Appendices
Appendix A. Species New to North America, Fall 2011-Summer 2012 403
Appendix B: Species of Hypothetical Occurrence 404
Appendix C: Birds New to North America, 1950-2011 408
Literature Cited 411
Index 425

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