Birds of British Columbia, Volume 1
531 pages, 9 x 12
500 full-colour illustrations
Release Date:01 Oct 2007

Birds of British Columbia, Volume 1

Nonpasserines - Introduction, Loons through Waterfowl

UBC Press

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.

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 BC. It is more like a bible than a book. Mark Hume, The Vancouver Sun
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
R. Wayne Campbell was a senior research scientist (retired) and the British Columbia Wildlife Branch Director at the WBT Wildlife Data Centre, Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia. Neil K. Dawe is a senior wildlife technician at the Canadian Wildlife Service. Ian McTaggart-Cowan is a dean emeritus (Graduate Studies) at the University of British Columbia. John M. Cooper is a wildlife biologist at Manning, Cooper and Associates. Gary W. Kaiser was a marine bird ecologist (retired) for the Canadian Wildlife Service. Andrew C. Stewart is a wildlife habitat specialist for the British Columbia Resources Inventory Branch. Michael C.E. McNall is the ornithology collections manager at the Royal British Columbia Museum.


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



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