Birds: A Visual Guide

Birds: A Visual Guide

by Joanna Burger
     
 

A 300-page encyclopedic guide to the birds of the world -- from flamingos to owls to penguins.

With hundreds of color photographs and precise illustrations, along with explanatory annotations, Birds examines all aspects of avian life evolutionary beginnings, biology, behavior. This comprehensive reference provides up-to-date information on the

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A 300-page encyclopedic guide to the birds of the world -- from flamingos to owls to penguins.

With hundreds of color photographs and precise illustrations, along with explanatory annotations, Birds examines all aspects of avian life evolutionary beginnings, biology, behavior. This comprehensive reference provides up-to-date information on the conservation status of various species at risk. It also describes how birds have adapted, and how they continue to cope with such inhospitable habitats as tropical rainforests, arid deserts and the frigid Antarctic continent. Readers will find detailed information about the remarkable phenomenon of avian migration across continents and oceans, which covers the mechanics of flight and the structure of feathers. The historical role of birds in literature and the arts is also included.

"FactFiles," found throughout this book, provide quick access to essential facts on each bird species. Birders will welcome this profusely and beautifully illustrated book -- with its expert information -- as an ideal reference and resource guide.

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Editorial Reviews

Outdoor Photographer - Kim Castelberry
Packed with more than 500 striking color photographs and illustrations, this encyclopedic guide leaves no stone unturned in examining avian life.
California Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review - James A. Cox
Hundreds of color photos, illustrations, and diagrams pack Birds: A Visual Guide, making it an eye-catching encyclopedic reference for anyone interested in birds of the world. General-interest lending [libraries] seeking suitable display books with eye-catching covers and presentations will want this.
American Reference Books Annual - Jonathan F. Husband
A very attractive volume. The text is accurate, readable and accessible to laypeople... hundreds of color photographs.
Booklist - Nancy Bent
Succeeds admirably as a primer on birds... the text considers all aspects of birds' lives... Beautifully illustrated.
Science Books and Films
The subtitle is important here: This is a highly visual book with hundreds of high-quality color photos. In glorious, intriguing full-color photos and drawings, birds are shown in various aspects of their biology, behavior, variety, and impact on human life. The variety, number and quality of these pictures may lead you astray from the excellent, solid science found in the text. And the combination of beauty and fact is what makes the book especially worthwhile.
Science Books & Films
Best Books for Children, 2007, Zoological Sciences
Halifax Chronicle Herald - Jodi Delong
Although its pages are packed with stunningly lovely photographs of birds, its more than just a book of eye candy... thoughtful and informative.
Wildlife Conservation
Enlightening, lovely-to-look-at reference and resource... You'll also find up-to-the-date information on the conservation status of species at risk and learn lots of interesting tidbits.
Science News
Explores the extraordinary diversity of birds... rich, full-color photos... in-depth information about specific birds detailing several species in each category.
The Advocate - Greg Langley
A beautiful and informative book filled with startling images ... This is not just a pretty coffee table book, it's one you can use and your children can use and enjoy too.
Bloomsbury Review - Christy Honnen
Informative and visually appealing ... The photographs by themselves make this a wonderful book for anyone interested in birds or simply in nature... substantive ... an excellent book for the beginner birder.
Ottawa Citizen
The book will open eyes to the glamorous, yet endangered, world of birds.
Globe and Mail
[Globe and Mail 2006 Holiday Gift Book selection] A careful mix of the popular and scientific, greatly aided by more than 650 colour photographs and illustrations, Birds deal with the usual stuff ... but is also full of odd information.
Victoria Times-Colonist - Richard Watts
A very thumb-able coffee table book for anyone interested in avian fauna.
Edmonton Journal - Richard Helm
Lovely to look at and makes a point of mixing the scientific and the popular, weaving among the 650 color photos and illustrations all manner of interesting tidbits.
The Science Teacher (NSTA Recommends) - Richard Lord
If a teacher could have only one bird book in the classroom, Birds: A Visual Guide is the book to choose.... This is an outstanding volume.... Valuable as a reference book ... it is fascinating just to read through.... The book would be appropriate for students from middle school through college.
The Record (Sherbrooke QC) - Mike Gillespie
Opens the eyes to the glamourous, endangered world of birds.
Choice - Tim McKimmie
The photographs are remarkable, high quality, and often stunningly beautiful.... Informed, timely and well written.... This volume will be useful for its photography and as a reference work. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates, general readers, and professionals/practitioners.
Green Teacher
Besides more than half of the page space being taken up by photos, Birds is not just a coffee table picture book, but a comprehensive reference complete with annotated anatomical illustrations, maps, and microscopic photos of feathers and bone.... Students carrying out research with find this book to be both useful and easy to navigate. The detailed information and breathtaking photographs will fascinate seasoned bird lovers and budding ornithologists the world over.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554071777
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Series:
Visual Guides Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Burger is a professor of biology at Rutgers University who teaches courses on animal behavior, ecology and ecological risk. The author of several books, she is an international birder involved in environmental research.

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