Encyclopedia of Birds

Encyclopedia of Birds

by Joseph Forshaw
     
 

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Humans have long been captivated by birds; they have been featured prominently in art, mythology, and folklore as symbols of wisdom and truth, strength and power, beauty and death. Humans are perhaps most in awe of birds' ability to fly. Flight has enabled them to colonize virtually every habitat. Birds also display a great diversity of color and form. They are united… See more details below

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Humans have long been captivated by birds; they have been featured prominently in art, mythology, and folklore as symbols of wisdom and truth, strength and power, beauty and death. Humans are perhaps most in awe of birds' ability to fly. Flight has enabled them to colonize virtually every habitat. Birds also display a great diversity of color and form. They are united by the possession of feathers—the defining characteristic of birds.
Many species are threatened by habitat destruction and extinction, and their survival is dependent on our appreciation and understanding and the preservation of their habitats. This beautifully illustrated book, with more than 200 magnificent color photographs and 150 original paintings, maps, and diagrams, presents an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of the natural history of birds. The authoritative text has been written by the world's leading ornithologists and includes the most recent scientific findings in a stimulating presentation.

Key Features
* Magnificently illustrated in full color
* Includes hundreds of color photographs and meticulously researched diagrams and maps
* Written by an international team of world recognized authorities

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Editorial Reviews

Birdwatch
The description of this book as a "comprehensive illustrated guide" appears at first glance to be a better title for it, but at closer inspection reveals a wealth of information within its 250 pages. The text contains a surprising amount of information, giving a thorough summary of each group, covering themes like conservation or habitat preferences, as well as detsailing a selection of species. The authors of each section comprise some of the best in their fields and the whole book has an authoritative air about it. As the most up-to-date volume of its kind, this book should appeal to new birdwatchers, but neither would it be out of place on the shelf of a more committed birder.
Charles E. Keller
A new encyclopedia treatise with a somewhat different twist in that it provides new conservation information on each order, using symbols to denote the three levels of threat - critically endangered, endangered, and vulnerable. The authoritative text has been written by the world's leading ornithologists and presents the most recent scientific findings in an interesting and stimulating way. A nice book for the coffee table. —Indiana Audubon Quarterly
Choice
As an introduction to the major bird taxa of the world, this is a fine, attractive book.
Christopher Lever
...a splendid introduction to the aerial world of birds. —Zoological Journal Of The Linnean Society
Earthlife Web
...makes an excellent gift to someone young or old as a means of introducing them to the beauty and fascination of birds.
Joan Garner
Encyclopedia of Birds is an excellent reference resource for any library shelf. Its colorful photographs and drawings and well-presented text will surely assist any student in preparing a report on birds. Get this book; it is well worth the price. —Academic Reference Books Annual
T. Ennis
...a very good and clear introduction for the novice and the more casual reader. One of the great joys in this book is the wealth of colour photographs. It is a useful quick reference and easy to understand guide to a number of aspects of ornithology which otherwise might not be easily sourced. —Avian Pathology
Booknews
This new edition presents an up-to-date survey of the natural history of birds. It features new conservation on each order of birds, highlighting the three levels of threat<-->critically endangered, endangered, and vulnerable. Statistics regarding the number of families, genera, and species within each of the orders and the number of endangered species, as well as the species distributions maps, have been amended to reflect the most recent data. Leading ornithologists provide text that includes the latest taxonomic classifications. Contains 200-plus beautiful color photographs and 150 maps, illustrations, and diagrams. Edited by Forshaw, a research associate in the Department of Ornithology at the Australian Museum. Oversize: 9.75x12.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780831727857
Publisher:
Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/15/1991

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