2nd Edition

CRC Handbook of Avian Body Masses

By John B. Dunning, Jr. Copyright 2008

    See what’s new in the Second Edition:

    ·         Number of species included is increased from 6300 to over 8700, about 85% of the world’s birds

    ·         Better data for many of the species included in the first edition — an exhaustive compilation of new data published from 1992 through 2007

    ·         More comprehensive coverage of Latin America, Japan, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and more coverage of research published in non-English language journals

    In 1992 the CRC Handbook of Avian Body Masses broke new ground by providing a compilation of body masses for 6300 species, about two-thirds of the world’s species. The handbook instantly became the gold standard, cited in hundreds of scientific studies and a prominent fixture on the shelves of many ornithologists. Keeping the format that made the first edition so popular, the second edition features dramatic changes both in species coverage and the data quality.

    The new edition compiles the results of new samples that have been published for many of the birds included in the first edition, and data found for about 2400 new species, increasing the coverage to over 8700 species, about 85% of the world’s birds. The order of species and families has been revised in the text to fit with the latest publications in avian taxonomy and systematics. The second edition includes an accompanying CD-ROM with a searchable electronic database.

    Body Masses of Birds of the World
    Body Masses and Composition of Migrant Birds in the Eastern United States
    Literature Cited Index


    John B. Dunning Jr.

    "… contains a vastly increased dataset. Not only does it include more than 2400 additional species, but many of the data for species that were included in the first edition have also been updated, increased or improved in some other way. … a mine of information for many research workers. It now includes data on some 88% of the world’s species – a fantastic achievement both by the author and by ornithologists in general."

    —Christopher Perrins, in The International Journal of Avian Science (2010)