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Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America

Field / Identification GuideFlora / Fauna
This addition to the series summarises current knowledge of all 83 breeding species of geese, swans and ducks found in the northern hemisphere

Series: Helm Identification Guide Series

By: Sébastien Reeber(Author)

656 pages, 72 plates with colour illustrations; 650 colour photos, 80 colour distribution maps, b/w illustrations

Christopher Helm

Hardback | Nov 2015 | #222485 | ISBN-13: 9781472912343
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £34.99 $45 / €40 approx

About this book

Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America is a comprehensive reference summarising current knowledge on the identification of the different species and subspecies of ducks, geese and swans in Europe, Asia and North America – in essence the Holarctic zoogeographical region. The detailed species accounts cover taxonomy, specific and subspecific identification features, determination of age and sex, geographic variation, measurements, voice, moult and hybridisation. In addition, the current status of each species is treated with up-to-date information on distribution, population size, habitat and life-cycle. The text is complemented by 650 colour photos, almost all taken in the wild, and 72 colour plates painted by the author and featuring over 920 individual artworks. Together, these represent most of the plumages of each of the 84 species treated in Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America, as well as more than 100 hybrids that are observed more or less regularly in the wild. The photos are provided with captions that focus on the most important features, and the plates are accompanied by succinct caption text and distribution maps.

This new identification guide provides an unrivalled level of detail and a wealth of information and illustrations. It will be an essential reference for anyone interested in the ducks, geese and swans of Eurasia and North America.

Please note that this book is published in the US by Princeton University Press under the title Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide.

"[...] So will this book overtake Waterfowl: An Identification Guide as the prime guide to the family for birders? In North America, I think the answer has to be a resounding “yes.” The level of detail Reeber provides on plumages goes far beyond any other resource I have seen. But the fact that half of the world’s wildfowl species are excluded means that the older book will remain essential. As a book reviewer, I am always wary of works that have been created entirely by one individual. On this occasion, such caution is misplaced. This is a tremendous piece of work that raises the bar for those who plan to follow a similar path in the future."
– Keith Betton, Birding 48 (2): 68-69

"[Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America] compiles an impressive amount of information and illustrates an extraordinary number of figures. Reeber should be congratulated for compiling such a deep and rich resource on the subject. This guide is a significant contribution to the ornithological community."
– Jessie Barry, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

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