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Birds of British Columbia, Volume 1
Nonpasserines - Introduction, Loons through Waterfowl
Wayne Campbell   Neil K. Dawe   Ian McTaggart-Cowan   John M. Cooper   Gary W. Kaiser   Michael C.E. McNall  

531 Pages


About the Book

This is the first volume in a 4-volume set, which is the culmination of two decades of research and writing. For the first time, the natural history, migration patterns, habitat requirements, reproductive biology, and distribution of the province's birdlife are combined in one publication.

This is a reprint of the original volume published in 1990 by the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Canadian Wildlife Service. No changes or updates in content have been made from the original edition.

About the Author(s)

R. Wayne Campbell
Senior Research Scientist (Retired)
British Columbia Wildlife Branch
Director, WBT Wildlife Data Centre
Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia

Neil K. Dawe
Senior Wildlife Technician
Canadian Wildlife Service

Ian McTaggart-Cowan
Dean Emeritus (Graduate Studies)
University of British Columbia

John M. Cooper
Wildlife Biologist
Manning, Cooper and Associates

Gary W. Kaiser
Marine Bird Ecologist (Retired)
Canadian Wildlife Service

Andrew C. Stewart
Wildlife Habitat Specialist
British Columbia Resources Inventory Branch

Michael C.E. McNall
Ornithology Collections Manager
Royal British Columbia Museum

Table of Contents


General Introduction
Ornithological History
The Environment
Methods, Terms and Abbreviations

Species Accounts
Checklist of B.C. Birds
Regular Species
Gaiidae: Loons
Podicipedidae: Grebes
Diomedeidae: Albatrosses
Procellariidae: Fulmars and Shearwaters
Hydrobatidae: Storm-Petrels
Pelecanidae: Pelicans
Phalacrocoracidae: Cormorants
Ardeidae: Bitterns and Herons
Anatidae: Swans, Geese, and Ducks
Casual, Accidental, Extirpated, and Extinct Birds
Hypothetical Birds

References Cited
About the Authors


To me birds have always been an indication of the state of the natural regions of our planet -- like the canary in the coal mine phenomenon. If more people paid attention to the detail of the state of our bird life, we would be much more likely to show wisdom and stewardship towards our environment. The work in this book provides an excellent benchmark which should contribute to the welfare of British Columbia.
- Robert Bateman

These books will tell amateurs the secrets that until now only scientists have known. (It) will become, without question, the most authoritative, comprehensive book ever written about the birds of B.C. It is more like a bible than a book.
- Mark Hume, The Vancouver Sun

Sample Chapter

A sample chapter of this title is not available at this time. For further information, please email

Related Topics

Natural History > Ornithology
Natural History
BC Studies
BC Studies > Natural History

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