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Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America

Field / Identification Guide
96 full-colour plates covering all plumages and variations, both in flight and standing
43 species, including their subspecies, described in detail
Over 800 previously unpublished photographs taken by some of the world's leading bird photographers
Detailed text focuses on identification, moult, status and distribution
Colour distribution maps for all species

Series: Helm Identification Guide Series

By: Klaus Malling Olsen (Author), Hans Larsson (Illustrator)

608 pages, 96 plates with colour illustrations; 823 colour photos, colour distribution maps, tables

Christopher Helm

Hardback | Sep 2004 | #147067 | ISBN: 0713670878
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £49.99 $64/€60 approx
Hardback | Aug 2003 | #120339 | ISBN: 0713643773
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About this book

The standard text on the identification of the northern hemisphere's gulls, Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America covers the plumage variation through age and subspecies of all 80 species in the region. With exhaustive coverage, detailed maps, and superb plates and photos, Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America remains the definitive work on these birds, which represent the trickiest of all ID challenges.

"A monumental effort by the authors and takes a worthy 'podium finish' in this year's award (the BB/BTO Best Bird Book of the Year 2005)."
– British Birds (Feb 2006)

"(This book) has taken gull identification to a very advanced level and argues for some controversial species splits."
– Wildlife and Countryside (Dec 2005)

"This book represents a significant contribution to the field of gull identification, and merits a spot on the bookshelf of every gull enthusiast. It greatly expands the coverage of earlier classics such as the works of Dwight and Grant, both in terms of geographic scope, and in attention to subspecific variation and the complexities posed by hybridization. The author is to be congratulated for providing a level of quantification not seen in earlier works, as well as for providing an impressive level of detail on distribution and population trends. Hans Larsson's plates demonstrate an impressive ability to capture subtleties of shape and intricacies of plumage that are vital in the identification of such a complex group of birds. The combination of photos with well-executed paintings is a most effective approach to illustrating this group of birds."
– Kevin J. Zimmer, author of Birding in the American West


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