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Checklist of the Birds of the Canary Islands / Lista de las Aves de las Islas Canarias

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 13:59 -- abc_admin
Eduardo Garcia del Rey / Sociedad Omitologica Canaria, 2001. 30 pp. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Publicaciones Turquesa S.L Paperback. No price available.
p 162

This is an up-to-date checklist of all bird species recorded and their present status on each of the seven Canary Islands, and the main islets of Graciosa, Alegranza, Montana Clara and Lobos. It provides for the first time a comprehensive official list compiled by Sociedad Ornitologica Canaria (SOC). Only those species and subspecies accepted by CR-SEO (Spanish Rarities Committee), plus a few additional species awaiting acceptance, are included. There is a brief introduction, both in Spanish and English, outlining sources for the nomenclature adopted and references from which the checklist was compiled. Following each reference explanatory notes present the rationale for omission of some species from the current list. The tabulated checklist is clearly laid out and is useful as a quick reference to species / subspecies present on each island. However, two species, Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea and Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris, are confusingly annotated, ie while indicated as summer visitors (defined as 'migratory species present mostly during the breeding period in spring and summer') this status is given in parenthesis ( ) indicating 'a breeding species absent from the archipelago in the summer'. Other than this, a few minor typographical errors in the text and one main reference not cited in the bibliography, it is a neat professionally presented publication with an excellent colour photo of a Laurel Pigeon Columba junoniae on the cover. Worth acquiring, if visiting the islands, to maintain one's list, and proceeds from sales go to SOC to promote biodiversity conservation on the Canaries archipelago.

Dave A. Showler

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