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Toucans, Barbets and Honeyguides

Field / Identification GuideFlora / Fauna

Series: Bird Families of the World Volume: 8

By: Lester L Short, Jennifer FM Horne and Albert Earl Gilbert

526 pages, 36 col plates, col photos, illus, maps

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Nov 2001 | #101743 | ISBN: 0198546661
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About this book

This book covers in unmatched detail the life history, relationships, biology and conservation of all the world's toucans, barbets and honeyguides. These number 133 species, found in tropical regions around the world. The toucans are especially well-known, on account of their dramatic bills and their association with the Amazon rainforest. The authors have been working with these birds for over 20 years, and their knowledge and expertise in these groups is unrivalled. Much of the information in this book has never been previously published. The colour plates, painted by Albert Earl Gilbert, are probably the best paintings of these birds ever produced.

"A stunning new volume that features the artistry of Albert Earl Gilbert. Unique characteristics of each of the 133 species is emphasized. His rendition of the various species compliments the excellent text and is sure to please everyone interested in ornithology and nature.-- Indiana Audubon Society


List of colour plates; List of abbreviations; Plan of the book and notes on the species accounts; Topographical diagram of a toucanet; Part 1: General Chapters; 1. Barbets, toucans and honeyguides - the birds, their relationships and evolution; 2. Distribution and habitats; 3. Foods and feeding behaviour; 4. Movements, drinking, roosting, display, sociality and interspecific behaviour; 5. Breeding behaviour: preliminaries to nesting; 6. Breeding and aspects of life cycle; 7. Honeyguides; Part 2: Species Accounts; References; Glossary; Index

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