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New World Blackbirds: The Icterids (Helm Identification Guides) Hardcover – 26 Feb 1999


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (26 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713643331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713643336
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Garbanzo on 26 April 2013
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I don't often post reviews but the only other review is so absurd that it gives a very distorted idea of the merits of this book.

My interest in the Helm Identification series is mostly in terms of illustrations and this is one of the better books in the series - the depicted birds are beautiful, life-like, accurate and consistent as they are done by a single very talented artist.

Text is of the usual high standard and taxonomy was up to date at the time of publication although, of course, the relationships of several genera have been reassessed.

Yes, you are not going to find Turdus merula here, but fortunately the series edition 'Thrushes' - also one of the stand out books in this series - has Eurasian blackbirds well catered for.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 8 April 2012
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New World...what exactly?! New World Blackbirds???!!!

Read my European lips, there aint no such thing as New World Blackbirds. There's only one card-carrying, RSPB-recognized Blackbird, and it sure doesn't live anywhere near Old Missouri. I'm talking about good ol' Turdus merula merula, the EUROPEAN, COMMON, STRICTLY OLD WORLD Blackbird, a.k.a. The National Bird of Sweden (and then some).

The New World "Blackbirds" are actually Icterids, a notorious bunch of avian impostors, interlopers and provocateurs!!!

I mean, please come on. "New World Orioles"? They're not really orioles. "Meadowlarks"? They're not really larks. "Cowbirds"? They're not really cows. Should I continue? Or do you get my brownie point?

Just because you emigrated to some God-forsaken land beyond the Pillars of Hercules, doesn't give you the right to claim that a bunch of sub-passerine phoneys are blackbirds. I repeat: there simply is no such thing at your end of the Holarctic panhandle. This book is about Icterids, and nothing else. The only authentic Blackbird in known existence, resides outside *my* window, and don't you ever forget that!!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
not just for reference...this is also great reading!! 22 May 1999
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book very easy to read, the information just flowed from the pages. My interest in Blackbirds has been sparked and I'm eagerly awaiting the next book by this great team of authors. Mr. Burke's illustrations were uncanny and Mr Jaramillo's writting clearly reflects a vast knowledge of the Icterids. I highly recommend this book.
Great Blackbird Reference Book! 9 Sept. 2012
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"New World Blackbirds" is a great reference book. Not only for common blackbirds but for all the new world orioles.
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New World...what exactly?! 2 April 2012
By Ashtar Command - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
New World...what exactly?! New World Blackbirds???!!!

Read my European lips, there aint no such thing as New World Blackbirds. There's only one card-carrying, RSPB-recognized Blackbird, and it sure doesn't live anywhere near Old Missouri. I'm talking about good ol' Turdus merula merula, the EUROPEAN, COMMON, STRICTLY OLD WORLD Blackbird, a.k.a. The National Bird of Sweden (and then some).

The New World "Blackbirds" are actually Icterids, a notorious bunch of avian impostors, interlopers and provocateurs!!!

I mean, please come on. "New World Orioles"? They're not really orioles. "Meadowlarks"? They're not really larks. "Cowbirds"? They're not really cows. Should I continue? Or do you get my brownie point?

Just because you emigrated to some God-forsaken land beyond the Pillars of Hercules, doesn't give you the right to claim that a bunch of sub-passerine phoneys are blackbirds. I repeat: there simply is no such thing at your end of the Holarctic panhandle. This book is about Icterids, and nothing else. The only authentic Blackbird in known existence, resides outside *my* window, and don't you ever forget that!!!

You see, I'm a liberal.
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