224 pages, 200 col photos, 100 dist maps
Contains entries on 100 of the most remarkable avian species across the world, illustrated with stunning photographs of each. Entries describe the natural history and significance of the featured species, with summary information including Size (and Wingspan, where applicable); Distribution; Habitat; Classification; Population & Conservation status; and the reason for inclusion. Whilst many of the species would be on any bird enthusiast's wish list, the list has been fiercely debated by two renowned birding authors, using various criteria to arrive at a top 100.
Some species are endangered and therefore a must to see and conserve; others are quite common but have a particular plumage or behaviour that makes them exceptional; and others have a legendary status amongst birdwatchers and the layman, such as the dancing Red-crowned Cranes and the spectacular Gyr Falcon.
Foreword; Introduction; The 100 Birds; Further Reading; Resources; Index; Ticklist.
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David Chandler has been watching birds for more than 25 years over three continents. He has worked for the RSPB and BirdLife International and is now a freelance writer and Environmental Educator. He is co-author of the RSPB Children's Guide to Birdwatching. He lives in Histon, Cambridge with his family. Dominic Couzens is a full time writer on birds and wildlife, contributing to a number of magazines, including Bird Watching, BBC Wildlife and the RSPB's Birds magazine, and has written many books, including the best-selling The Secret Lives of Garden Birds and My Family and 50 Other Animals. He lives in Frendown, Dorset with his family. His website is www.birdwords.co.uk. Foreword-writer Nick Baker is a naturalist, television presenter and author; his TV credits include the Really Wild Show; Under the Skin, Watchout, Nick's Quest and Nick Baker's Weird Creatures. He is a regular contributor to Radio 4's The Natural History Programme and writes for an impressive array of publications including the RSPB's Bird and Birdlife Magazines; BBC Wildlife Magazine and Wildlife Watch; his books include The Natural History Almanac, Amateur Naturalist, and Nick Baker's British Wildlife.