Finches and Sparrows: An Identification Guide

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Although some of the most familiar and colourful birds in the world are finches and sparrows, no comprehensive single-volume treatment of these families has appeared. Finches and Sparrows, another volume in an award-winning series, is an identification guide to the world's true finches and sparrows. For the first time all 290 species in the families Fringillidae, Estrildidae and Passeridae are described and illustrated in colour. The 73 detailed colour plates by Alan Harris and John Davis illustrate every ...
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Overview

Although some of the most familiar and colourful birds in the world are finches and sparrows, no comprehensive single-volume treatment of these families has appeared. Finches and Sparrows, another volume in an award-winning series, is an identification guide to the world's true finches and sparrows. For the first time all 290 species in the families Fringillidae, Estrildidae and Passeridae are described and illustrated in colour. The 73 detailed colour plates by Alan Harris and John Davis illustrate every species, many races and most sex and age variations, almost 950 portraits in all. Over 280 colour maps accompany the plates and show breeding and wintering ranges for all species. The text focuses on identification with a full and detailed description of each species and, where relevant, its recognised races. Further sections on voice, status, behaviour and distribution, movements, and measurements complete the most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment available. The text is complemented with line drawings depicting wing patterns, bill and head shapes and other plumage details. Finches and Sparrows is a landmark publication filling a yawning gap in the literature; it will help anyone identify unfamiliar species in the field and, although it is not primarily intended for cagebird enthusiasts, will also be an invaluable source of reference for those wishing to know more about the species encountered in captivity. For birdwatchers, conservationists and professional ornithologists it will be the standard reference for many years to come.
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1994

"This is an exceptionally well-illustrated book, solidly produced, and chock-full of information for the serious birder's library or coffee table. It is a book to dip into or drool over while fancying beautiful and interesting birds in faraway places which we can hope to visit one day."Audubon Naturalist News

"This is a major identification reference work covering a confusing and difficult group of species. It is a book that every ornithologist and serious birder will want to own. Most highly recommended."Wildlife Activist

"The illustrations are attractive and useful for identification of all 290 finches. In many cases these are the best available color plates for the species."Quarterly Review of Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691034249
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Pages: 514
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Acknowledgements

How to Use this Book

General Notes on Finches and Sparrows and their Relationships

How to Identify Finches and Sparrows

Colour Plates

Systematic Section

FRINGILLIDAE: Fringillinae

FRINGILLIDAE: Carduelinae

ESTRILDIDAE

PASSERIDAE

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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