The Classifying Animals series welcomes you to the world of classification, in which about 2 million different organisms have been identified and sorted into groups. This appealing and attractive book looks at the class of birds, and the orders, families and species within it. Find out about the characteristics that distinguish the birds in different groups and compare the differences in their life cycles. Discover the various ways in which birds have adapted to life in different climates and habitats on land, in the air and in water.
What are Birds? Ratites (Struthioniformes) Penguins (Sphenisciformes) Albatrosses and Petrels (Procellariiformes) Pelicans (Pelecaniformes) Herons (Ciconiiformes) Waterfowl and Screamers (Anseriformes) Birds of Prey (Falconiformes) Gamebirds (Galliformes) Owls (Strigiformes) Cranes, Coots and Moorhens (Gruiformes) Wading Birds (Charadriiformes) Parrots (Psittaciformes) Hummingbirds and Swifts (Apodiformes) Kingfishers (Coraciiformes) Woodpeckers (Piciformes) Perching Birds (Passeriformes) Under Threat Bird Classification Glossary Further Information Index
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Sarah Wilkes is a consultant ecologist who has worked with conservation organisations for many years. She has written a number of books on natural history and environmental topics and has travelled the world in search of wildlife. She is particularly concerned with the conservation of some of the world's most threatened animal species.