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Published in Great Plains Research 3:2 (August 1993). Copyright © 1993 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


It has been nearly 30 years since the last of several excellent compendia of Kansas birds was published. Birds in Kansas continues this tradition and raises it to a new level of excellence for Kansas. Readers expecting a Kansas version of Robert's The Birds of Minnesota will be disappointed, but very few others can complain.

Birds of Kansas, Volume II is the final volume and contains an explanation of species accounts and accounts for the passerines. Volume I, published in 1989, contains introductory, historical, and physiographical chapters, an explanation of the species accounts, and accounts for non-passerines.

Each species account contains common and scientific names and a map showing occurrence and breeding distribution within Kansas. In addition, many accounts are accompanied by a photograph of the species. The bulk of each account contains information on the species' status in the Kansas, period of occurrence, breeding information, habits, habitats, field marks, and even food preferences.