This book is the first to describe systematically all of the species of birds known to have bred or to breed at present in the Great Plains, a major ecological unit that encompasses all or part of part of eleven states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. Although the original Great Plains ecosystem—the grassland biome—has been greatly altered by modem agriculture, remnants still exist in national and state parks, grasslands, and refuges, as well as in rural cemeteries, railroad rights-of-way, and small nature reserves. These areas support populations of nearly all the original and introduced birdlife—approximately 320 species—of the Great Plains.

This “Revised Edition” (2009) contains new range maps for many species, a new essay “Three Decades of Change in Great Plains Birds,” and an updated bibliography of breeding bird surveys and state, regional, national, and species references.

The top (first) PDF file contains the entire book (25 Mb); subsequent files contain individual chapters or bird families.

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Birds of the Great Plains: Breeding Species and Their Distribution: New Expanded Edition (2009), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Frontmatter, Contents, Preface, Introduction, Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Three Decades of Change in Great Plains Birds: A 2009 Supplement to The Birds of the Great Plains: Breeding Species and Their Distribution, Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Gaviidae (Loons), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Podicipedidae (Grebes), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Pelecanidae (Pelicans), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Anhingidae (Anhingas), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Ardeidae (Herons and Bitterns), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Anatidae (Swans, Geese, and Ducks), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Cathartidae (American Vultures), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Harriers), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Pandionidae (Ospreys), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Falconidae (Caracaras and Falcons), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Tetraonidae (Grouse and Ptarmigan), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Phasianidae (Quails, Pheasants, and Partridges), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Meleagrididae (Turkeys), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Gruidae (Cranes), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Charadriidae (Plovers, Turnstones, and Surfbirds), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Scolopacidae (Woodcocks, Snipes, and Sandpipers), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Recurvirostridae (Avocets and Stilts), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Phalaropodidae (Phalaropes), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Laridae (Gulls and Terns), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Cuculidae (Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Tytonidae (Barn Owls), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Strigidae (Typical Owls), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Caprimulgidae (Goatsuckers), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Apodidae (Swifts), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Trochilidae (Hummingbirds), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Alcedinidae (Kingfishers), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Picidae (Woodpeckers), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Alaudidae (Larks), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Hirundinidae (Swallows), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Corvidae (Jays, Magpies, and Crows), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Paridae (Titmice, Verdins, and Bushtits), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Sittidae (Nuthatches), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Certhiidae (Creepers), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family CincIidae (Dippers), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Troglodytidae (Wrens), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Turdidae (Thrushes, Bluebirds, and Solitaires), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Sylviidae (Gnatcatchers and Kinglets), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Bombycillidae (Waxwings), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Laniidae (Shrikes), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Color Photo Section, Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Sturnidae (Starlings), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Vireonidae (Vireos), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Parulidae (Wood Warblers), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Ploceidae (Old World Sparrows and Weaver Finches), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Icteridae (Meadowlarks, Blackbirds, and Orioles), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Thraupidae (Tanagers), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Family Fringillidae (Grosbeaks, Finches, Sparrows, and Buntings), Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Appendix A -- A Guide to Bird-watching Localities in the Great Plains, Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Appendix B -- Abundance and Breeding Status of Birds at Selected Parks and Refuges in the Great Plains, Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: References, Paul A. Johnsgard

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Birds of the Great Plains: Index, Paul A. Johnsgard