The Yukon is a land of remarkable wilderness, diverse ecosystems, and profound beauty. It is also home to a diverse and unique assemblage of birds. As of 2002, 288 bird species have been documented in the Yukon, with 223 occurring regularly. Birds occupy an amazing range of habitats, from the most barren mountain peaks to lush valley bottom forests, and are an integral part of the cultural heritage of Yukon First Nations people. The vast areas of natural habitat with limited road access can make the study of birds challenging, but are key in defining the nature of birding in the Yukon.Birds of the Yukon Territory is the result of a decade-long project initiated to gather and share what is known about the Yukon's birdlife. Lavishly illustrated with more than 400 colour photographs and 223 hand-drawn bird illustrations, the book presents a wealth of information on bird distribution, migration and breeding chronology, nesting behaviour, habitat use, and conservation concerns. Two hundred and eighty-eight species of birds are documented, including 223 regular species, and 65 casual and accidental species. In compiling this meticulously researched volume, the authors consulted over 166,000 records in a database created by the Canadian Wildlife Service, with information dating back to 1861. Sections on birds in Aboriginal culture and history, and bird names in the Yukon First Nations and Inuvialuit languages, enhance the book, as do the numerous easily interpreted charts and graphs. Destined to become a basic reference work on the avifauna of the North, Birds of the Yukon Territory is a must-have for bird enthusiasts and anyone interested in the natural history of the Yukon and the North.
The editors all live in the Yukon Territory and are avid birders and members of the Yukon Bird Club. Pamela H. Sinclair, Wendy A. Nixon, and Nancy L. Hughes are biologists at the Canadian Wildlife Service in Whitehorse. Cameron D. Eckert is Conservation Biologist for the Parks and Protected Areas Branch of the Yukon Department of Environment.
Introduction Yukon Birdlife The Yukon Environment The History of Bird Study in the Yukon Birds in Aboriginal Culture and History Yukon Birds through the Seasons Bird Conservation in the Yukon Birds of the Yukon Database and Methodology Organization of the Species Accounts Regular Species Order Gaviiformes Family Gaviidae: Loons Order Podicipediformes Family Podicipedidae: Grebes Order Pelecaniformes Family Phalacrocoracidae: Cormorants Order Ciconiiformes Family Ardeidae: Herons Order Anseriformes Family Anatidae: Geese, Swans, and Ducks Order Falconiformes Family Accipitridae: Osprey, Hawks, and Eagles Family Falconidae: Falcons Order Galliformes Family Phasianidae: Grouse Order Gruiformes Family Rallidae: Rails and Coots Family Gruidae: Cranes Order Charadriiformes Family Charadriidae: Plovers Family Scolopacidae: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies Family Laridae: Skuas, Gulls, and Terns Family Alcidae: Auks and Murres Order Columbiformes Family Columbidae: Pigeons and Doves Order Strigiformes Family Strigidae: Owls Order Caprimulgiformes Family Caprimulgidae: Goatsuckers Order Apodiformes Family Trochilidae: Hummingbirds Order Coraciiformes Family Alcedinidae: Kingfishers Order Piciformes Family Picidae: Woodpeckers Order Passeriformes Family Tyrannidae: Flycatchers Family Laniidae: Shrikes Family Vireoniidae: Vireos Family Corvidae: Crows and Jays Family Alaudidae: Larks Family Hirundinidae: Swallows Family Paridae: Chickadees Family Sittidae: Nuthatches Family Troglodytidae: Wrens Family Cinclidae: Dippers Family Regulidae: Kinglets Family Turdidae: Thrushes Family Sturnidae: Starlings Family Motacillidae: Pipits and Wagtails Family Bombycillidae: Waxwings Family Parulidae: Wood Warblers Family Thraupidae: Tanagers Family Emberizidae: Sparrows Family Cardinalidae: Grosbeaks Family Icteridae: Blackbirds Family Fringillidae: Finches Casual and Accidental Species Hypothetical and Exotic Species Appendices A. List of Yukon Birds B. Yukon First Nations and Inuvialuit Bird ames C. Plants and Animals Mentioned in the Text D. Place Names Mentioned in the Text E. The North American Breeding Bird Survey in the Yukon F. The Christmas Bird Count in the Yukon G. The Cooperative Roadside Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey in Southern Yukon H. The Alaska-Yukon Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey I. The Yukon/Northern British Columbia Trumpeter Swan Survey J. The North American Peregrine Falcon Survey Literature Cited About the Authors Authors and Artists of the Regular Species Accounts Contributors Index