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Gatherings of Angels: Migrating Birds and Their Ecology

Edited By: Kenneth P Able

193 pages, 52 col plates, 21 b/w illus, 13 maps

Cornell University Press

Paperback | Oct 2003 | #142647 | ISBN: 0801484014
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NHBS Price: £18.95 $25/€22 approx
Hardback | Apr 1999 | #93483 | ISBN: 0801433622
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Offers first-hand accounts by leading experts in avian migration who convey not only the biology but also a sense of the beauty and excitement that attend this most extraordinary of natural spectacles. Chapters concentrate on different species or groups of birds and the localities essential to their survival, and discussions centre on the timing of migrant travel, the routes followed, and the concentration of birds in stop-over sites.

"[...] The writings contained in this book were uniformly informative, and most of them were a true joy to read. If you’re looking for a general survey on migration, or are interested in any of the specific birds covered, then this book is recommended. However, there are some shortcomings. As you may have noticed, the book focuses on American birds. Most of the concepts can be generalized so as to be applicable to migrants everywhere, but it would have been nice to hear specifically about some birds from different places. Also, while it presents a detailed look at some particular birds, the general topic of migration is very lightly covered. If you want more than a hurried explanation of why and how birds migrate then you will need to look elsewhere [...]"
- Grant McCreary (16-12-2007), read the full review at The Birder's Library

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