This is the first comprehensive guide to these closely related families. The book covers all 75 wrens, 34 thrashers and 5 dippers, almost all of which are New World species. The wrens (Troglodytidae) in particular display great diversity, occupying almost every kind of habitat in the Americas. The family probably originates in Central America where the greatest number of species is to be found. The thrashers (Mimidae) include the mockingbirds, catbirds and tremblers. The dippers (Cinclidae) are river specialists although, unusually, they exhibit no obvious features for an aquatic existence.
David Brewer is co-author of Where to watch birds in Central America and the Caribbean, also published by Christopher Helm. A chemist by profession, he has travelled extensively in Central and South America and now lives in Canada. Barry Kent Mackay is a well known Canadian bird artist. His work has appeared widely in books and magazines.