Based on a classic work first published in 1985, this encyclopedia has a claim to be the definitive single-volume guide to the birds of the world. Written by a team of renowned biologists and conservationists, it offers accessible coverage of every family - their form and function, distribution, diet, social behaviour, and breeding biology - giving special attention to environmental and conservation issues.
Its clear, readable text is supplemented by a wealth of photographs showing the wide diversity of birds in their natural habitat, as well as beautifully detailed illustrations depicting representative species in each family. In addition 'Factfile' panels throughout the book, with distribution maps and scale drawings, put key data at the reader's fingertips, ensuring that this comprehensive reference work will appeal to amateur birdwatchers and student and professional ornithologists alike.
This is a fantastic, thorough and easy to read encyclopedia, useful for anyone who wants a complete reference-in-one. BTO News The new book has taken a different approach altogether A completely new and updated reference book ... weighty and attractive this book has been greatly enlarged, the contents completely re-written and the layout totally changed. BTO News The new book has taken a different approach altogether by focusing on the families. Each family has its own section with a very interesting essay on features, behaviour and lifestyles lavishly illustrated with photographs and paintings. BTO News A splendidly illustrated reference guide ... stunning photography ... a wonderfully browsable companion. The Scotsman A magnificent new book ... beautifully illustrated. Derwent May, The Times ... the information is fascinating, and the illustrations lavish, a beautiful book in every sense. Nick Chang, Focus
PART I - OSTRICHES TO BUTTON QUAILS; PART II - PLOVERS TO WOODPECKERS; PART III - THE PASSERINES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; PICTURE CREDITS; GLOSSARY; INDEX
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