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Philip's Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe

Field / Identification Guide

By: Lars Svensson and Hakan Delin

320 pages, Over 1000 col illus, distribution maps


Paperback | Jun 2007 | #165691 | ISBN-13: 9780540089697
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NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€11 approx

About this book

A rapid identification guide to more than 500 species of resident and regular migrant birds in compact, pocket-sized format for use in the field.

It covers the regions from Iceland, Ireland and Britain in the West to the Ural Mountains, Black Sea and Western Turkey. It provides detailed information to enable easy identification of the species.

The birds are arranged in the new standard sequence of orders and families, starting with waterfowl and ending with passerines. A full-colour illustration is provided for each of the featured species, and includes the indication of important distinguishing features, plus a descriptive text and distribution map. The text provides concise, detailed information to enable easy identification of the species. Standard data includes common English name, scientific name, size, habitat, plumage, characteristic flight pattern and behaviour, song and call. The illustrations show the adult male of each species in breeding plumage, and in winter plumage if different. Female, immature and juvenile plumages are also shown if their plumage differs from the adult male. Birds often seen in flight are also shown on the wing. The guide excludes the rare vagrants shown in other guides, whose inclusion can cause confusion in the field.

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Lars Svensson is one of Europe's leading ornithologists, and a member of the taxonomic sub-committee of the British Ornithologists' Union. He is the author of the best-selling Collins Bird Guide (GBP 25.00) which is widely regarded as the definitive reference guide for European birders - though far too large to use in the field. He lives in Sweden.

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