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RSPB Handbook of British Birds

Field / Identification Guide
Released to coincide with the RSPB's 125th anniversary, this new edition includes a history of the Society and a timeline of its key events
All colour distribution maps now fully revised using data from the recently published Bird Atlas 2007-11, with information on breeding, wintering and migration
Includes over 1200 superb colour illustrations, as well as a new visual index to bird families on the inside covers
Detailed text covers identification, moult patterns, habitat, range, voice, food and feeding, breeding ecology, distribution, seasonal movements and conservation

By: Peter Holden (Author), Tim Cleeves (Author), Hilary Burn (Illustrator), Martin Elliott (Illustrator), Alan Harris (Illustrator), Peter Hayman (Illustrator), Laurel Tucker (Illustrator), Dan Zetterström (Illustrator), Mike Clarke (Foreword By)

320 pages, colour & b/w photos, 1200+ colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

Bloomsbury Publishing

Paperback | Feb 2014 | Edition: 4 | #210303 | ISBN-13: 9781472906472
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NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€11 approx

About this book

This is a revised and updated fourth edition of the bestselling RSPB Handbook of British Birds. This unique guide provides a 'biography' of each of the 280 commonest British bird species. It covers all aspects of field identification, using illustrations from the highly acclaimed Handbook of Bird Identification to show all common plumage forms. The text also covers behaviour, breeding biology, population, status, longevity and any other interesting facts about the species concerned. A detailed distribution map is provided for each species. The rarities section, featuring 26 additional species, has been updated and features two species new to this edition. Six comparison artwork spreads are included to help identify difficult to identify species – such as ducks, waders, warblers, raptors and gulls – alongside one another. The RSPB Handbook of British Birds provides a complete, single source of basic information to our most familiar birds.

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RSPB Handbook of British Birds

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NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€11 approx


- Acknowledgements
- Foreword by the RSPB Chief Executive
- A Brief History of the RSPB
- Using this Book
- Species Accounts
- Rarities
- Bibliography
- Index

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Peter Holden was formerly the head of the junior arm of the RSPB. He is the author of several bird books aimed at younger birders and beginners. Tim Cleeves also worked for the RSPB and is the co-author of Birds New to Britain.

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