Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



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"Book Review," from Nebraska Bird Review (March 1984) 52(1).


Copyright 1984, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


Cranes of the World, Paul A. Johnsgard, 258 pp. 8 1/2 x 11, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, bibliography, indexed, hardbound, $37.50.

The Sandhill Crane, the Whooping Crane, and the Eurasian (Common) Crane, in that order, receive the most attention in the species accounts in this book, reflecting the relative amounts of information available in the literature. Luckily, those are the three cranes which have been recorded in Nebraska (and North America), and so are of most interest to us. The book discusses cranes in general under the following headings: Classification and Evolution, Individualistic and Social Behavior, Vocalizations, Ecology and Population Dynamics, Comparative Reproductive Biology, Aviculture and Hybridization, Endangered Species and Conservation, Cranes in Myth and Legend, Origins of Scientific and Vernacular Names of Cranes, and Key to the Species and Subspecies of Cranes of the World.