272 pages, 250 colour illustrations
Eric Dempsey and Michael O'Clery's award-winning The Complete Guide to Ireland's Birds has been continuously in print for almost twenty years. Since the publication of the second edition, many new species have been recorded in Ireland while others have now been afforded full species status. The Complete Field Guide to Ireland's Birds reflects these most recent changes to Ireland's birdlife. It contains a large number of new plates, maps and an updated text, together with other new features. It fully describes and illustrates almost 370 species, detailing key identification features, voice and diet, habitat and status in Ireland, and the latest distribution maps for each. In addition, over 100 of Ireland's rarest species are also described. Presented in a new, smaller format, it can be easily fitted into a pocket or a rucksack and is ideal for use in the field.
Preface How to use this book Introduction 1. A History of Irish Birdwatching 2. Irish Breeding Birds 3. Irish Races 4. The Importance of Irish Seabird Colonies 5. Migration 6. American Vagrants 7. Seabird Migration 8. The Importance of Ireland in Winter 9. Bird Habitats in Ireland Main Species Accounts Rare Species Accounts List of Birds requiring documentation Useful Addresses, Websites and Phone Numbers Bibliography Special Index 1. English 2. Latin 3. Irish
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Eric Dempsey has published widely throughout the world and is internationally known as one of Ireland's leading ornithologists. He broadcasts frequently on RTE1 on Derek Mooney's popular 'Mooney Goes Wild' show and is a features writer for the wildlife magazine Wild Ireland. Artist Michael O'Clery is established as one of Ireland's best known wildlife artists with paintings and illustrations appearing regularly in a variety of books and journals worldwide. His work is now in prestigious private collections in Ireland, Europe, Australia and the United States.