List of Recent Holarctic Bird Species

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List of Recent Holarctic Bird Species
Voous List Cover.jpg
Author Karel H. Voous
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher British Ornithologists' Union
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 0-907446-13-2
OCLC 45863099

List of Recent Holarctic Bird Species is a 1977 book by Karel H. Voous, published by the British Ornithologists' Union. It contains a list of 1,921 bird species recorded from the Holarctic zoogeographic region. It was widely adopted by ornithologists in Europe as a standard baseline list. It was originally published in two parts in the BOU's journal Ibis: that covering the non-passerines in 1973, and the passerine part in 1977. The list has been reprinted twice, in 1980 and 1991. It contains a foreword by Sir Hugh Elliott.

Geographical scope[edit]

In the western Palearctic region, the list adopts the same geographical limits as those used by the editors of the handbook The Birds of the Western Palearctic.[1] The whole of the Arabian peninsula and Iran are also included; further east, Voous followed the boundaries used by Hartert (1903–1923) [2] and Vaurie (1959, 1965).[3] In the Nearctic region, the list covers all of the continental U.S. and Canada, the Bahama Islands, plus the non-tropical parts of Mexico (defined as the states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Querétaro, México, Distrito Federal, Coahuila and Nuevo León).[4]



Voous, K. H. (1977) List of Recent Holarctic Bird Species British Ornithologists' Union ISBN 0-907446-13-2