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The first comprehensive coverage of a subject that has fascinated natural historians for centuries. Avian vagrancy is a phenomenon that has fascinated natural historians for centuries. From Victorian collectors willing to spend fortunes on a rare specimen, to today’s high-octane bird-chasing ‘twitchers’, the enigma of vagrancy has become a lifelong obsession for countless ornithologists worldwide. This book explores both pattern and process in avian vagrancy, drawing on recent research to answer a suite of fundamental questions concerning the occurrence of rare birds: What causes vagrancy? Why do some places attract so many vagrant birds? Why are some species more predisposed to long-range vagrancy than others? The book synthesizes everything that is known about the subject, and draw together different lines of evidence to make the case for vagrancy as a biological phenomenon with important implications for avian ecology and evolution.
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A fascinating read into the different causes of vagrancy, and the instances of vagrancy in different bird families. * BBC Wildlife * An exceptional publication ... If you have an interest in migration and vagrancy you should definitely add it to your bookshelf. * Birdwatch Magazine * Vagrancy in Birds takes you on a journey, following the movement of birds around the world, and showing you why so many end up often in the 'wrong place' ... The mixture of colour pictures really adds to the text, especially in the excellent species accounts which make up most of the book. * Bird Watching, Book of the Month * Incredibly rich ... this remarkable, unique book deserves a place on the shelf of every birder. * Neotropical Birding * This book offers something for all birders and ornithologists, from rarity hunters to conservationists studying habitat loss ... one of the most useful titles of the year. * British Birds * Vagrancy In Birds is a unique book, a scholarly volume of ornithological research that birders will also find fascinating and enjoyable. * Bird Observer * This is a rarity of a book, technical, but enthralling. -- John Lewis-Stempel * Country Life *
Author BiographyAlexander Lees is a Senior Lecturer in Biodiversity at Manchester Metropolitan University, a Lab Associate of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and serves on both the British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee (BOURC) and the Brazilian Ornithological Records Committee (CBRO). Alex has written over one hundred academic papers in addition to many popular ornithology articles, and his research focuses primarily on understanding how birds respond to environmental change, particularly in the Amazon where he has been working for the last 17 years. Alex now lives in the Derbyshire Peak District, arguably not the finest place to find vagrants, but hasn't given up hope yet. James Gilroy is a Lecturer in Ecology at the University of East Anglia. His childhood fascination with bird migration led him into a career studying the long-distance movements of animals, and how these movements are changing in in response to human impacts. Since completing his PhD in the UK, he has worked in many countries around the world, including spending several years at Rutgers University in New Jersey and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Oslo, as well as long spells in the tropics. He remains an obsessive birder and vagrant-hunter (when time allows!), and still pores religiously over weather charts in an effort to predict the arrival of interesting species in his local area.
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