Rails of the World.
A Monograph on the Family Rallidæ.
406 Seiten, 40 Farbtafeln, 17 Verbreitungskarten.
David R. Godine Publisher, Boston.
Among the least known and most elusive of any major bird species, rails manage to colonize remote islands, impenetrable jungles and desolate shorelines in almost all regions of the world. Particularly interesting is their enigmatic evolution; once having arrived at a suitable habitat, they often lose their power of sustained flight and, over the centuries, their instinct for migration. With the rapid disappearance of their habitats and their vulnerability to predation, this book serves the very important function of establishing scholarship on the rail family.