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Bird

by BirdLife International, David Burnie, Ben Hoare
     
 

Unrivaled in scope for a single-volume reference work, this visual guide to every bird order and family profiles more than 1,500 species, photographed in their native environment by photographers around the globe. Authoritative, comprehensive, and completely up to date, this is a must-have reference for anyone with even a passing interest in the world's birds.See more details below

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Unrivaled in scope for a single-volume reference work, this visual guide to every bird order and family profiles more than 1,500 species, photographed in their native environment by photographers around the globe. Authoritative, comprehensive, and completely up to date, this is a must-have reference for anyone with even a passing interest in the world's birds.

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By now, the DK design formula should be familiar to librarians: its striking combination of copious graphics, elegant typography, and concise text has been seen recently in the reference blockbusters Animal, Earth, Ocean, and Rainforest. Prepare to add Birdto this list. It is accurately billed as the "definitive visual guide," perhaps an oblique nod to its closest competitor, the Firefly Encyclopedia of Birds(2003), which has been called "the ultimate bird reference." Burnie (Animal) has divided the book into three chapters: the first gives an overview of the physiology and behavior of the class Aves, the second examines the habitats of birds worldwide, and the third surveys 1200 of the world's 10,000 species. The text, though clearly subordinate to the illustrations, treats complex topics with clarity. From flyleaf to fore edge, the visuals are astounding. In fact, to call this book's style "active" rather understates the matter: beaks, feet, wings, or tails poke out of picture frames, into margins, and across page gutters; photographs show birds soaring, swimming, diving, feeding, mating, and perching-in many cases highlighting a species' particular behavioral trait. Several dazzling, two-page, full-color bleeds depict individual birds in extreme close-up or flocks from a distance. An enclosed CD with bird calls and songs adds yet another dimension to a glorious work.
—Robert Eagan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756631536
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
10/02/2007
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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