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Fauna of Arabia

Fauna of Arabia

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The continuous series Fauna of Arabia, of which 25 volumes have been published thus far, was founded in 1979 as "Fauna of Saudi Arabia" by the late Willi Büttiker and Walter Wittmer of the Natural History Museum in Basel, Switzerland. Since 2001 it continues as a joint project of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Museum of Nature, Frankfurt, Germany, the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development, and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, both Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Fauna of Arabia is a fully peer-reviewed, international scientific journal, which is published about once a year as a hardcover of 400-700 pages. Original articles in the fields of animal taxonomy and systematics, zoogeography, faunistics, ecology and environmental conservation in the Arabian Peninsula and the Arabian Seas Region are considered for publication. Fauna of Arabia primarily publishes results of the "Zoological Survey of Arabia". Large manuscripts (up to 600 printed pages) and colour illustrations are accepted for publication free of charge. Authors receive an e-print, 25 reprints and a copy of the volume in which their paper appears.

Articles published in Fauna of Arabia are indexed in:
•Biological Abstracts •Biosis Previews •Book Citation Index •Scopus •Zoological Record 

ISBN: 978-3-929907-83-4

The complete series and individual volumes may be obtained from Karger Libri AG, Petersgraben 31, 4009 Basel, Switzerland.
Please contact the for further information, guidelines for authors and submission of manuscripts


The most recent issue is Fauna of Arabia, Volume 25, published 15th July 2010:

 Contents

PREFACE: H. E. Dr Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel

IX
FOREWORD: Editors XI

AUTHOR’S PREFACE

1
INTRODUCTION 4
The Arabian Peninsula 4
Collection of records  6
Data sources 8
Sharing information, “The Phoenix” and the future of ABBA 12
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 14 14
Contributors 16
Institutions 18
CHAPTER 1: ASPECTS OF ARABIAN ORNITHOLOGY 19
Endemism 19
Nomadism 32
Exotic birds in Arabia 37
CHAPTER 2: FACTORS AFFECTING BIRD DISTRIBUTION IN ARABIA 45
Climate and altitude 45
Geology and topography 55
Vegetation 59
Habitats and habitat change 66
Zoogeography 78
CHAPTER 3: REGIONAL BIRD COMMUNITIES AND HABITATS  84
Northern Arabia 84
Central and southern Arabia 86
Sand-seas and arid sand deserts 88
The Tihama 90
The south-west highlands 92
The Gulf coastal lowlands 93
Eastern Arabia 94
The Mahra Region 96
The Socotra Archipelago 98
Coasts and islands 100
CHAPTER 4: CONSERVATION 104
Traditional human exploitation and conservation issues 104
The main conservation issues in Arabia 106
Arabian species of global conservation concern 116
Threatened species and particular problems in Arabia 117
Conservation actions and needs 118
Action by each state to protect bird environments 118
Conservation activities by NGOs and individuals 121
CHAPTER 5: THE BREEDING BIRDS 122
Nomenclature and taxonomy 122
Breeding regimes and seasons 123
Remaining gaps in knowledge 123
The species accounts 124
General literature consulted in the preparation of the species accounts 127
SPECIES ACCOUNTS 129
Struthionidae – Ostrich 129
Numididae – Guineafowl 132
Phasianidae – Partridges and allies 135
Anatidae – Swans, geese and ducks 150
Procellariidae – Petrels and shearwaters 159
Podicipedidae – Grebes 164
Phoenicopteridae – Flamingos 169
Ciconiidae – Storks 172
Threskiornithidae – Ibises and spoonbills 175
Ardeidae – Herons and bitterns 180
Phaethontidae – Tropicbirds 201
Scopidae – Hamerkop 204
Pelecanidae – Pelicans 206
Sulidae – Boobies and gannets 210
Phalacrocoracidae – Cormorants 215
Falconidae – Falcons and allies 222
Accipitridae – Osprey, kites, vultures, hawks and eagles 236
Otididae – Bustards 274
Rallidae – Rails and coots 280
Gruidae – Cranes 292
Turnicidae – Buttonquails 293
Burhinidae – Thick-knees 295
Dromadidae – Crab Plover 300
Recurvirostridae – Stilts and avocets 304
Charadriidae – Plovers 309
Jacanidae – Jacanas 321
Glareolidae – Coursers and pratincoles 323
Laridae – Gulls and terns 328
Pteroclidae – Sandgrouse 362
Columbidae – Pigeons and doves 372
Psittacidae – Parrots and cockatoos 396
Cuculidae – Cuckoos 403
Tytonidae – Barn Owls 411
Strigidae – Typical Owls 413
Caprimulgidae – Nightjars 427
Apodidae – Swifts 433
Coraciidae – Rollers 443
Alcedinidae – Kingfishers 449
Meropidae – Bee-eaters 457
Upupidae – Hoopoe 466
Bucerotidae – Hornbills 469
Picidae – Woodpeckers 471
Malaconotidae – Bush-shrikes and allies 474
Laniidae – Shrikes 476
Oriolidae – Orioles 485
Monarchidae – Paradise flycatchers and allies 487
Corvidae – Crows 489
Hirundinidae – Martins and swallows 499
Alaudidae – Larks 504
Cisticolidae – Cisticolas and allies 531
Pycnonotidae – Bulbuls 541
Sylviidae – Old World warblers 549
Timaliidae – Babblers and allies 573
Zosteropidae – White-eyes 578
Sturnidae – Starlings and allies 582
Turdidae – Thrushes 601
Muscicapidae – Chats and Old World flycatchers 604
Nectariniidae – Sunbirds 629
Passeridae – Old World sparrows 639
Ploceidae – Weavers 655
Estrildidae – Waxbills, munias and allies 666
Prunellidae – Accentors 677
Motacillidae – Wagtails and pipits 679
Fringillidae – Finches 685
Emberizidae – Buntings and allies 701
REFERENCES 709
APPENDIX 1: TABULATED DATA ON BREEDING BIRDS 721
APPENDIX 2: GAZETTEER 728
INDEX 738

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