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By: Osao Ujihara(Author), Michiaki Ujihara(Author)
304 pages, plates with colour illustrations; 639 colour photos, colour distribution maps
Language: Japanese witn English and scientific nomenclature
Produced by father-and-son duo Osao and Michiaki Ujihara, well known amongst gull enthusiasts for their website on the identification of Siberian and Pacific gulls, this is a pocket-sized guide to the ducks of Japan. All 43 duck species reported in Japan are covered, plus three expected species. The guide features short texts, less than two pages per species, and include a few lines on status, followed by a brief outline of each plumage. Nearly three-quarters of the book is devoted to accurate illustrations (Osao has drawn the dabbling ducks and Michiaki the diving ducks) detailing every feather. For almost every species at least eight large drawings showing the various plumages is given, and a half page is devoted to birds in flight. In addition, there are 2–3 pages of photographs, with 10–20 images, for each of the main species. A further section with a series of 35 photographs is devoted to gynandromorphy, where the plumage of some females includes male characters. Two chapters deal with hybridisation and include 60 illustrations and 46 photographs.
Summary in Japanese:
"The [...] illustrations [...] are extremely accurate, detailing every feather, yet also realistic and elegant: perhaps the most beautiful plates ever for a guide on waterfowl. [...] While the text is in Japanese, each species is introduced by its scientific and English names, and the legend for each illustration includes, in addition to male and female symbols, an abbreviation denoting the plumage referred to (e.g. ‘br.’ for breeding, ‘ec.’ for eclipse.). So this book will certainly be of interest to birders in the west, particularly for the outstanding artwork and as a complement to Reeber’s recent Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America."
– Pierre Yésou, British Birds
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