from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the biogeographic region that includes Europe, the northwest coast of Africa, and Asia north of the Himalaya Mountains, especially with respect to distribution of animals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. One of the major ecozones of the world, covering Europe, the old USSR territories, part of North Africa, and North Asia including the Himalaya foothills.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging to a region of the earth's surface which includes all Europe to the Azores, Iceland, and all temperate Asia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the northern part of the Old World, or northern sections of the eastern hemisphere: distinguished from Nearctic.
- [lowercase] Of or pertaining to the fauna and flora of the Palearctic region.
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When I worked many years ago on this subject, I doubted much whether the now-called Palearctic and Nearctic regions ought to be separated; and I determined if I made another region that it should be Madagascar.
If you are looking to find an enormous amount of information about bird skulls and anatomy of species from the Western Palearctic and other areas from all over the world, BirdSkulls is for you.
The sixteen goose populations that nest in the Arctic and overwinter in the western Palearctic.
In the western Palearctic, the king eider has been delineated into two broadly distributed breeding populations in North America, in the western and eastern Arctic, on the basis of banding (ringing) data  and of isotopic signatures of their diet while on wintering grounds .
In North America, this was likely to have been followed by a second expansion that began in warmer periods about 80 000 years ago from Alaska eastward across the Palearctic to establish populations in the eastern Canadian Arctic and West Greenland.
The goose species of the western Palearctic region provide good examples of migratory species that have been the subject of considerable research and conservation action .
I love the moth names and I love The Birds of the Western Palearctic for “vermiculation”—a word I have only encountered in these and other similar pages of defeat.
The Birds of the Western Palearctic sounds a typically cautious note, recording a flushed female woodcock “calling and apparently struggling to prop young between feet with depressed tail.”
This is how the great handbook of European birds, The Birds of the Western Palearctic, attempts to capture a nightjar in words—one bird sits still among all these feathers:
The Birds of the Western Palearctic goes on in this vein for another 160 lines at least.
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