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Books about Woodcreepers
This page lists books that are totally or partially about Woodcreepers. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.
The Woodcreepers are a subfamily of over 50 species of Neotropical birds.
The majority of the species are called Woodcreepers but the subfamily also includes Scythebills and Xenops
Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos
Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and David Christie
845 pages, 81 colour plates, 470 colour photos, 672 distribution maps.
This volume covers broadbills, asities, pitas, ovenbirds, woodcreepers, typical antbirds, ground-antbirds, gnateaters and tapaculos.
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The Birds of South America, Volume 2, The Suboscine Passerines
Robert S. Ridgely & Guy Tudor
University of Texas Press
"The Birds of South America, projected to be a four-volume work, thus fills a critical void. Starting from a museum approach, the authors have examined specimens of each subspecies, comparing them visually and trying to discern the patterns in their plumage variation, both intra- and inter-specifically. They take a new look at bird systematics, reassessing relationships in light of new information. Perhaps most important, they combine this review and analysis with extensive field observations to give an accurate, incisive portrait of the birds in nature. At a time when rapid development is devastating millions of acres of tropical habitat in South America, this record of an endangered resource becomes crucial. If the birds and other plants and animals of South America are to be saved, they must first be known and appreciated."The Birds of South America" is a major step in that direction. Volume II includes: the Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Gnatcatchers, and Tapaculos; Tyrant Flycatchers; and Manakins and Cotingas.
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The Birds of the Republic of Panama, Part 3: Passeriformes: Dendrocolaptidae (Woodcreepers) to Oxyruncidae (Sharpbills)
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Catalogue Of The Passeriformes or Perching Birds In The Collection Of The British MuseumTracheophonae or the families Dendrocolaptidae, Formicariidae, Conopophagidae, and Pteroptochidae
Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XV
Philip Lutley Sclater
20 colour plates: J. Smit, P. Smit
Printed By Order Of The Trustees
Sold by: Longman & Co.; B. Quaritch; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and at the British Museum (Natural History)
From the introduction:
"As announced in the introduction to the fourteenth volume, the present yolume of the 'Catalogue of Birds' is devoted entirely to the Tracheophonine Passeres, that is to those Passerines in which the organ of voice is formed by a special modification of the lower end of the trachea, as more fully described below. According to Garrod's arrangement, which is followed here, the Tracheophonae form a subdivision of the Mesomyodae, although, from my own point of view, it would seem better to separate the Passeres into four suborders of equivalent value, of which the Tracheophonae should be considered the lowest and most abnormal. This, however, is not a point of material consequence. Whichever view is taken, the Tracheophonae remain as an independent group of Passeres absolutely distinguished from their fellows by the peculiar modification of their trachea, although, with external characters only to rely upon, it is in some cases difficult to separate them from corresponding forms of the Oscines and Oligomyodcv. So far as has been hitherto made out, the Tracheophonine structure prevails only in four families of Passerine Birds, all of which are absolutely restricted to the Neotropical Region. In the Neotropical Region, however, Trctcheophonae are abundant and widely spread, except in the Antillean Subregion, where they do not occur."
A review of the genus Dendrocincla Gray
Volume 10, pages 488-497
Proceedings of the United States National Museum
"Probably no group of birds presents greater difficulties to the student than the great Neotropical family Dendrocolaptidae, embracing nearly 300 plainly colored species, among which an essentially similar style of coloration is often repeated in widely different genera, while the various species, sometimes numerous, within one genus are usually distinguished by characters which are obvious only on actual comparison of specimens. The vague descriptions of many authors renders it almost a hopeless task to attempt to identify their species from the descriptions alone; and type specimens, when they are in existence, are scattered through the museums in various countries, many of them being thus practically inaccessible."