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Collins Birds of the World The Most Complete Guide to Every Bird Family in the World - Albatrosses to Wrens

Flora / Fauna Out of Print
By: Les Beletsky
513 pages, colour illus
Publisher: HarperCollins
Collins Birds of the World
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  • Collins Birds of the World ISBN: 9780007242368 Hardback Mar 2007 Out of Print #160648
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This stunning book captures the grace and beauty of the world's birds. In more than 500 pages, ornithologist Les Beletsky has gathered over 1,600 original paintings that reveal the form, posture, and plumage of every single bird Family found in the world, featuring illustrations of more than 1,300 avian species that are characteristic of the Families. The detailed paintings are by eleven of the world's leading bird artists, with many being published here for the first time. Beletsky's detailed, readable, descriptions are paired with these vivid images to show the diversity of the world's approximately 200 bird families.

Garden bird-watchers, avid twitchers, and professional ornithologists alike will find in these pages everything from the everyday to the exotic, from diminutive hummingbirds to massive ostriches, from Antarctic penguins to tropical parrots. Comprehensive, authoritative, and beautifully illustrated, Birds of the World will amaze and inspire everyone with an interest in this remarkable part of the world's fauna.

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LES BELETSKY, PH.D., is an ornithologist and the series editor of the Audubon Travellers' Wildlife Guides. He is a visiting scholar at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, USA
Flora / Fauna Out of Print
By: Les Beletsky
513 pages, colour illus
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Expert naturalist Les Beletsky and a team of first-rate artists have produced a bird world overview that is as accurate and informative as it is beautiful. KENN KAUFMAN, author of the Field Guide to Advanced Birding
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