Field Guide to Birds of Armenia, A
By Martin S. Adamian, Daniel Klem
This book contains simple and practical descriptions of 349 species of birds. A special effort is made to include those features that will most effectively help a beginner identify each species. Also included are traits known to be unique or characteristic of a species in Armenia. High quality illustrations containing one or more figures of each species are on the page directly across from the respective species descriptions. Following the species descriptions and illustrations are detailed distribution maps showing where each species occurs within the borders of the Republic. Except for the proper English common names of birds, which primarily were taken from one international standard (Sable and Morn 1990, 1993), the English text throughout the guide follows the spelling convention used in the United States where the editorial work was completed.
Both the illustrations and the distribution maps are more sophisticated and advanced than what some might think appropriate for a person having only a beginning interest in birds. The rationale for high quality illustrations is to offer the most aesthetic and realistic images. Additionally, lines are drawn on the illustrations; they point to the most defining part of most figures to more effectively aid a beginner in making a species identification. The distribution maps were prepared to show where one is most likely to see a particular species of bird, to estimate the chance of seeing a bird at these locations, given our current knowledge of its abundance, and to document for the first time a representative sample of confirmed records for each species. With experience, the illustrations and distribution maps are expected to grow in value, and stimulate additional study of Armenian birds.
Species of special concern in the Republic are identified as having an Endangered, Threatened, or Undetermined status to further direct the attention of interested individuals, organizations, and government agencies to their need for protection. Learning more about these special birds should have priority for avian conservation in Armenia.
During the preparation of this book, information was gathered from published and unpublished literature, museum records, and extensive field work between 1992 and 1995.
American University of Armenia (English edition: 1997, Armenian edition: 2000, Map 1999)