This multivolume series by Norbert Bahr provides an overview of the systematics and taxonomy of all bird species and subspecies of the world based on current knowledge. All bird species and subspecies on the planet are listed according to the latest classification. In addition to the English and scientific names, the German species names are given forthe first time in a list as comprehensive and with an information content equal to that of Peters. The first volume covers the order Charadriiformes, including the families Alcidae, Burhinidae, Charadriidae, Chionidae, Dromadidae, Glareolidae, Haematopodidae, Ibidorhynchidae, Jacanidae, Laridae, Pedionomidae, Pluvialidae, Pluvianellidae, Pluvianidae, Recurvirostridae, Rostratulidae, Rynchopidae, Scolopacidae, Stercorariidae, Sternidae, Thinocoridae and Turnicidae. Besides scientific names, their authorship and dates of publication, it gives original names and original citations, as well as type localities for all taxa. It further contains often-used synonyms, German and English species names, short distributional informations, and Indices.