This first volume covers the following families: ostrich; rheas; cassowaries; emu; kiwis; tinamous; penguins; divers; grebes; albatrosses; petrels & shearwaters; storm- and diving-petrels; tropicbirds; pelicans; gannets & boobies; cormorants; darters; frigatebirds; herons; hamerkop; storks; shoebill; ibises and spoonbills; flamingos; screamers; ducks, geese & swans.
"There are many titles currently available that claim to cover all the birds of the globe: treat these as nothing more than inferior effigies and go out and buy the real thing."
- Hugh Harrop, Birding World
"If perfection does not exist upon Earth, this volume comes very close to it."
- Paul Geroudet, Nos Oiseaux
Volume 1: Ostrich to Ducks, 1992 Volume 2: New World Vultures to Guineafowl, 1994 Volume 3: Hoatzin to Auks, 1996 Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos, 1997 Volume 5: Barn-owls to Hummingbirds, 1999 Volume 6: Mousebirds to Hornbills, 2001 Volume 7: Jacamars to Woodpeckers, 2002Volume 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos, 2003Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails, 2004Volume 10: Cuckoo-shrikes to Thrushes, 2005Volume 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers, 2006Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees, 2007Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes, 2008Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows, 2009Volume 15: Weavers to New World Warblers, 2010Volume 16: Cardinals to New World Blackbirds, 2011
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