All Shops

Go to British Wildlife

6 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £25 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Field Guides & Natural History  Ornithology  Non-Passerines  Seabirds, Shorebirds & Wildfowl

Pelicans, Cormorants and their Relatives The Pelecaniformes

Field / Identification Guide Flora / Fauna
By: J Bryan Nelson, John Busby, Andrew Mackay and Bas Teunis
661 pages, 12 col plates, 159 b/w illus, 62 maps
Pelicans, Cormorants and their Relatives
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • Pelicans, Cormorants and their Relatives ISBN: 9780198577270 Hardback Dec 2006 Temporarily out of stock: order now to get this when available
    £175.00
    #132925
Selected version: £175.00
About this book Contents Customer reviews Related titles
Images Additional images
Pelicans, Cormorants and their RelativesPelicans, Cormorants and their RelativesPelicans, Cormorants and their RelativesPelicans, Cormorants and their RelativesPelicans, Cormorants and their RelativesPelicans, Cormorants and their Relatives

About this book

One of the jewels in the excellent OUP 'Bird Families of the World' series.

From the publisher's announcement:

The pelecaniformes are a large and important group of seabirds, containing many spectacular species. This book addresses the breeding biology of the six pelecaniform families, which comprise the closely-related core groups (pelicans, cormorants/shags, darters, gannets/boobies) and their more distant relatives, the frigate birds and tropic birds. Many fundamental questions can be addressed through the pelecaniformes: Why do they breed in colonies? What are the links between their feeding methods and their reproduction? What part does territorial and pairing behaviour play in their life-cycles? These and scores of comparable issues, including those related to man, are woven here into a richly interpretative text.

The author's approach to the subject is threefold. First, the pelecaniformes are placed within the framework of four discrete disciplines, with chapters on evolutionary relationships, comparative behaviour, ecology, and the birds' relationship with humans. Secondly, each of the six families is discussed, elucidating the range of taxonomy, behaviour, and ecology within each. Finally, we progress to specific level, using the same structure as for the family accounts. In this way, each of the 60-odd species can be understood not just as discrete units, but as part of their family and order. The book is unique in its coverage of the entire order and in its combination of facts and interpretation.

Pelicans, Cormorants, and their Allies will enable readers not only to identify the many spectacular species which make up this large and important group of seabirds, but also to understand their breeding biology.

Contents

List of colour plates; List of abbreviations; Plan of the book; Introduction; PART I: GENERAL CHAPTERS; 1. Evolutionary relationships; 2. Breeding biology; 3. Behaviour; 4. The pelecaniformes and man; 5. General family accounts; PART II: SPECIES ACCOUNTS; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

Customer Reviews

Field / Identification Guide Flora / Fauna
By: J Bryan Nelson, John Busby, Andrew Mackay and Bas Teunis
661 pages, 12 col plates, 159 b/w illus, 62 maps
Media reviews

...marine ornithologists will want to consult it to find out more about a fascinating group of birds...IBIS (2006), 148, 830-843. "the book narrows into the species accounts, which are reference entries packed with details, well complemented by maps and diagrams, and particularly valuable in the way they lead in to a comprehensive listing of the literature." Scottish Birds News ...illustrated to a very high standard. The text is both informative and easy to read as it uses a slightly larger font size than in some handbooks. Jean Torrance, Scottish Bird News The reputation of these guides, as being the scientific bedrock for ornithologists, is well deserved... this will no doubt be part of the ornithological landscape for the next generation. Fatbirder, February 2006.

Current promotions
Handbook of the mammals of the world batsJohns Hopkins University PressBritish WildlifeOrder your free copy of our 2018 equipment catalogue