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The Speciation and Biogeography of Birds

by Ian Newton
London: Academic Press, 2003. 656 pages.

"This book is about the formation and diversity of bird species, their geographical distributions and their migration patterns," Ian Newton explains in his introduction. "It is an attempt at a fresh synthesis which draws from recent developments in the biological sciences, as well as in the earth sciences of geology and climatology." The reviewer for Trends in Ecology and Evolution described the book as "a readable, balanced and comprehensive review that will become a standard textbook for courses in avian biogeography," adding, "I believe that this book will be warmly welcomed by bird biologists and enthusiasts alike."