Recent LiteratureMolt in Neotropical Birds: Life History and Aging Criteria Erik I. Johnson, Jared D. Wolfe. 2018. Studies in Avian Biology, A Publication of the American Ornithological Society, Volume 51, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. xii + 400 pages, > 950 photographs, > 75 figures and graphs, and > 175 tables and data summaries. ISBN 9781498716116. $144 (Hardcover).

Recent LiteratureMolt in Neotropical Birds: Life History and Aging Criteria Erik I. Johnson,... When I first unpackaged Molt in Neotropical Birds, I was a bit puzzled by the cover photograph. It shows a representatively exotic and clandestine‐looking Amazonian species, a Collared Puffbird (Bucco capensis) as I later learned from page 119, with intricate orange, rufous, and black plumage and a large, bright orange bill. However, it appeared to be in the hand and not happy about it, looking a bit disheveled, only partially framed, and obliquely staring at the photographer, displaying both an annoyed and an amusingly evil look to its partially cloaked, orange‐yellow eye. Wouldn't having one of its wings nicely spread, so emblematic of bird molt study these days, been preferable? However, immediately afterwards, I asked myself what any of the ± 10 of us in the world who are passionate about bird molt would ask: “What the heck are the molt strategies of this creature?” Crickets. Well, I guess I will just have to turn to page 119 to find out. It then hit me that perhaps the cover image perfectly epitomized this work's essence and fundamental necessity. The look in that eye: a bit annoyed that we will learn something about its molt patterns as they apply to Neotropical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Field Ornithology Wiley

Recent LiteratureMolt in Neotropical Birds: Life History and Aging Criteria Erik I. Johnson, Jared D. Wolfe. 2018. Studies in Avian Biology, A Publication of the American Ornithological Society, Volume 51, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. xii + 400 pages, > 950 photographs, > 75 figures and graphs, and > 175 tables and data summaries. ISBN 9781498716116. $144 (Hardcover).

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When I first unpackaged Molt in Neotropical Birds, I was a bit puzzled by the cover photograph. It shows a representatively exotic and clandestine‐looking Amazonian species, a Collared Puffbird (Bucco capensis) as I later learned from page 119, with intricate orange, rufous, and black plumage and a large, bright orange bill. However, it appeared to be in the hand and not happy about it, looking a bit disheveled, only partially framed, and obliquely staring at the photographer, displaying both an annoyed and an amusingly evil look to its partially cloaked, orange‐yellow eye. Wouldn't having one of its wings nicely spread, so emblematic of bird molt study these days, been preferable? However, immediately afterwards, I asked myself what any of the ± 10 of us in the world who are passionate about bird molt would ask: “What the heck are the molt strategies of this creature?” Crickets. Well, I guess I will just have to turn to page 119 to find out. It then hit me that perhaps the cover image perfectly epitomized this work's essence and fundamental necessity. The look in that eye: a bit annoyed that we will learn something about its molt patterns as they apply to Neotropical

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Journal of Field OrnithologyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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