512 pages, 1800 colour photos, colour illustrations and colour distribution maps
This is a comprehensive visual encyclopedia of the birds of America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Polar regions, with expert analysis of size, shape, plumage, habitat, breeding, nests, eggs and food. The extensive illustrated directory includes puffins, terns, egrets, sunbirds, touracos, buzzards, blackbirds, waxbills, lovebirds, hawk-headed parrots, Eurasian spoonbills, double-wattled cassowaries and many more. It is fully illustrated throughout with over 1800 detailed artworks and photographs, including distribution maps. A natural history section describes the different habitats, the evolution of birds, and how they use flight, habitat, predatory instincts and migration to survive in their environment, as well as offering tips on birdwatching.
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David Alderton's lifelong interest in birds has seen him travel to every continent to study them in a wide range of habitats. He has also been involved with birds in the conservation sphere, promoting ways in which species can be encouraged to breed in suburban gardens. As a writer, David is well known internationally for his articles and books about birds for readers of all ages. He often broadcasts on avian topics, and is a consultant to the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, based in Washington, DC.