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Raptors of the World

Field / Identification GuideOut of Print
The ultimate raptor ID guide

Series: Helm Identification Guide Series

By: James Ferguson-Lees, David Christie, Philip Burton, Kim Franklin and David Mead

992 pages, 112 colour plates, b/w illus, 300 colour distribution maps

Christopher Helm

Hardback | Sep 2001 | #5601 | ISBN: 0713680261
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About this book

One of the most eagerly awaited identification guides, covering all the world's 313 species.

Each species is illustrated by adult, juvenile and selected immature plumages, as well as main geographical races and colour morphs: in all, over 2000 perched and flying birds, some with typical prey, on 112 colour plates. Facing texts highlight the plumage shown and summarise length, wingspan, male-to-female proportion, shape, and flight; also habitat, which in turn relates to the colour distribution maps. Plates 1-3 illustrate representatives, in flight, of all 78 genera, grouped by size and zoogeographical regions. The individual accounts which follow the colour plates are hugely detailed and the result of years of research and observation. They cover distribution and movements; habitat; characters (perched and in flight, and including confusions); voice; food; socio-sexual; breeding, population; variation; measurements; references. The text is enhanced with line drawings illustrating specific points about identification and behaviour.

A landmark volume that sets a new standard for raptor identification.

Covering every species of raptor on the planet, this book is perfect for anyone with an interest in birds of prey. Birdwatch (March 2006)


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