Multi-ethnic Bird guide of the subantarctic forests of South America.

Multi-ethnic Bird guide of the subantarctic forests of South America. Ricardo Rozzi.
Multi-ethnic Bird guide of the subantarctic forests of South America.

Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2010. Octavo, laminated boards, colour photographs, maps.

In this unique book Ricardo Rozzi and his collaborators present a cultural ethnography and an illustrated guide to the forest birds of southern Chile and Argentina. Included are entries on fifty bird species, among them the Magellanic woodpecker, Rufous-legged owl, Ringed kingfisher, Buff-necked ibis, Giant hummingbird, and Andean condor. Each bird is named in Yahgan, Mapudungun, Spanish, English, and scientific nomenclature, followed by a description, full colour photographs, the bird's distribution map, habitat and lifestyle, and its history in the region. Each entry is augmented further with indigenous accounts of the bird in history and folklore. The book includes two CDs with recordings of birdcalls and their names in four languages, followed by numerous narratives of Yahgan and Mapuche stories about the birds translated directly from interviews which elders of both communities.

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