The Herons

The Herons

by James A. Kushlan, James Hancock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198549814

ISBN-13: 9780198549819

Pub. Date: 12/01/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Herons and their close relatives, the egrets and bitterns, comprise sixty species in total and are found all over the world except in polar regions, and are a strikingly beautiful part of the wetlands they inhabit. They are particularly abundant and popular in South West USA, especially Florida. Herons are a diverse group, easily recognized by their long legs,

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Herons and their close relatives, the egrets and bitterns, comprise sixty species in total and are found all over the world except in polar regions, and are a strikingly beautiful part of the wetlands they inhabit. They are particularly abundant and popular in South West USA, especially Florida. Herons are a diverse group, easily recognized by their long legs, necks and bills. Many species are notable for their sociality as they feed, roost, and nest together in single or mixed species assemblages. The authors have extensive experience of research and observation of these birds and this book provides an up to date comprehensive review of the herons of the world. Covering their biology, distribution, description, systematics, breeding, feeding, and conservation, James Hancock and James Kushlan have distilled their lifetimes' research on the heron into one volume. This volume is complemented by beautiful color paintings especially painted for the book, color photographs, and distribution maps.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198549819
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Series:
Bird Families of the World Series, #14
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Colour plates
Plan of the book and notes on the species accounts
Topographical diagram of a heron
Part I General Chapters
1. Introduction to the herons
2. Systematics and evolution
3. Feeding ecology
4. Nesting biology
5. Herons and people
6. Conservation
Part II Species accounts
Plates
Colour photographs
References
Index

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