Working Bibliography of Cuckoos and Turacos of the World
by Johannes Erritzoe with contribution by Oscar van Rootselaar
Sponsored by The Danish Ministry of Research and Information Technology, Copenhagen.
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There are 40 genera and 140 species of cuckoos following Howard and Moore. It is a cosmopolitan familie found in all parts of the world ekcept arctic, the southernmost South America and Sahara. One of the more distinctive features of the cuckoos is that many members have brood parasitism, which has made this familie so interesting that it is among the most studied bird families.
This annotated bibliography bring 5,634 references + c. 100 last second entries, which have got a letter after the number. None popular accounts have been included. A sample page from the book is available here.
This bibliography breaks with tradition in a number of ways:
It is the first bird-book bibliography with a CD ROM attached, which make it possible for users with a computer to search all things they may want.
There are a species index and a greographical index for users without access to a computer. In the geographical index all countries of the world are listed also these lacking references to highlight gaps in our knowledge. These countries are provided with a general reference in which at least something about cuckoos or turacos is included.
- Acknowledgements p. 7
- Introduction pp. 9-12
- Scanned books, papers and bibliographies pp. 12-14
- Species index pp. 15-29
- Geographical index pp. 29-50
- Keywords pp. 50-51
- Cuckoo and turacos English names pp. 52-65
- Cuculiformes Bibliography pp. 66-401
- CD ROM with Acrobat Reader
This bibliography of over 5600 entries covers the 40 genera (140 species) of Cuckoos and the six genera (20 species) of Turacos and will be welcomed by those studying these species. Species, country or keywords are added to entries where the title is not sufficiently explicit. A list of vernacular names with their current scientific equivalents according to Howard and Moore is included along with species and geographical indices, a list of key words and literature consulted. In addition the CD ROM enables easier extraction of information.
Ibis 143 (1) 2001: 163
Die Literatur über Kuckucke und Turacos ist sehr umfangreich, und so war es für den Autor keine leichte Aufgabe, eine solche Bibliographie zusammenzustellen. Zusammengetragen hat er über 5700 Literaturstellen, die über einen Artindex und einen geographischen Index zugänglich sind. Auf der CD ROM ist diese Bibliographie als *.pdf-file nutzbar.
Journal für Ornithologie 142 (1) 2001: 106.
This book provides a list of references on cuckoos and turacos numbered and ordered by author’s name and year of publication. The list is also provided on a CD-ROM to facilitate searches. The electronic reference list is accessed through Adobe Acrobat, which is available free on the Internet. Some references, primarily those for which the title is not sufficiently informative as to subject matter, are accompanied by comments, such as the name of the studied species, geographical region concerned, and key words. This information is very useful for defining the scope of searches using the CD-ROM…Finally, when only references published before 1996 were included in the comparison [from the reviewer's own database and diverse publications], only one reference was not found in the book (99.6%, n = 225)…. However, it can also be said that based on the comparisons presented here, most of the references on cuckoos and turacos are included in this book. Although some references, largely those from the most recent years, could not be included, this book is potentially a good tool for students and researchers looking for literature on these families, especially for finding references published in journals not included in general reference databases such as Current Contents, Biopsis, and ISI.
The Condor 103 (1) 2001.
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