The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds

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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated reference to the world's birds. Accessibly written by renowned biologists and conservationists, and illustrated in color throughout, the book provides authoritative and systematic accounts of every bird family, covering form and function, distribution, diet, social behavior, breeding biology, and conservation and status. More than 1,000 superb color photos reveal the enormous diversity of birds in their natural habitats, from arctic ...

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Overview

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated reference to the world's birds. Accessibly written by renowned biologists and conservationists, and illustrated in color throughout, the book provides authoritative and systematic accounts of every bird family, covering form and function, distribution, diet, social behavior, breeding biology, and conservation and status. More than 1,000 superb color photos reveal the enormous diversity of birds in their natural habitats, from arctic tundra to tropical rain forest, and a wealth of beautifully detailed color and line illustrations depict representative species from each family and highlight characteristic behaviors. The main articles are complemented by detailed coverage of special topics, such as how ibises and spoonbills feed by touch, how pigeons find their way home, and how crows store food. And throughout the book, numerous "Factfile" panels with color distribution maps and scale drawings provide at-a-glance overviews of key data. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is the definitive one-volume reference—an essential guide for amateur bird enthusiasts and professional ornithologists alike.

  • Covers all the bird families of the world
  • Describes form and function, distribution, diet, social behavior, breeding biology, and conservation and status
  • Features more than 1,000 spectacular color photos and illustrations
  • Includes "Factfile" panels with color distribution maps and scale drawings for at-a-glance reference
  • Explores special topics in depth
  • Written by leading biologists and conservationists
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Editorial Reviews

Wing and a Song
The encyclopedia is a gem, one I have only begun to explore.
— Judy S. Jottings
National Parks Magazine - Scott Kirkwood
Packed with photos, illustrations, and lively text that comfortably bridges the gap between a child's reference tool and a doctoral thesis.
Foreword Magazine - Teresa Scollon
Complete, beautiful, accessible, and a bargain to boot—The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is everything one might want in a reference book. . . . It makes a point of distilling current field re-search into accessible articles written in an engaging style.
Wilson Journal of Ornithology - Robert B. Payne
Written in a clear and entertaining manner. It is a good browse on the diversity of birds. . . . The photographs are well worth the cost of the book. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in birds.
Englewood Review of Books - Chris Smith
Essential for the library of any birder. . . . Since its scope is international, this book will be particularly valuable to the birder who travels to foreign corners of the world. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is full of excellent color photography and illustrations and, the entry for each bird is complete with brief writings that distinguish the habits of that particular bird. . . . The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is well-worthy of its noble Princeton name and is an essential reference for the birder, and especially one who travels the globe in hopes of sighting new birds.
Wing and a Song - Judy S. Jottings
The encyclopedia is a gem, one I have only begun to explore.
From the Publisher
"Packed with photos, illustrations, and lively text that comfortably bridges the gap between a child's reference tool and a doctoral thesis."—Scott Kirkwood, National Parks Magazine

"Complete, beautiful, accessible, and a bargain to boot—The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is everything one might want in a reference book. . . . It makes a point of distilling current field re-search into accessible articles written in an engaging style."—Teresa Scollon, Foreword Magazine

"Written in a clear and entertaining manner. It is a good browse on the diversity of birds. . . . The photographs are well worth the cost of the book. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in birds."—Robert B. Payne, Wilson Journal of Ornithology

"Essential for the library of any birder. . . . Since its scope is international, this book will be particularly valuable to the birder who travels to foreign corners of the world. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is full of excellent color photography and illustrations and, the entry for each bird is complete with brief writings that distinguish the habits of that particular bird. . . . The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is well-worthy of its noble Princeton name and is an essential reference for the birder, and especially one who travels the globe in hopes of sighting new birds."—Chris Smith, Englewood Review of Books

"The text is informative, the best aspect of this book is the abundance of illustrations. Unlike many bird references, it combines both photographs and paintings to take full advantage of each medium."DC Birding Blog

"The encyclopedia is a gem, one I have only begun to explore."—Judy S. Jottings, Wing and a Song

National Parks Magazine
Packed with photos, illustrations, and lively text that comfortably bridges the gap between a child's reference tool and a doctoral thesis.
— Scott Kirkwood
Foreword Magazine
Complete, beautiful, accessible, and a bargain to boot—The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is everything one might want in a reference book. . . . It makes a point of distilling current field re-search into accessible articles written in an engaging style.
— Teresa Scollon
Wilson Journal of Ornithology
Written in a clear and entertaining manner. It is a good browse on the diversity of birds. . . . The photographs are well worth the cost of the book. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in birds.
— Robert B. Payne
Englewood Review of Books
Essential for the library of any birder. . . . Since its scope is international, this book will be particularly valuable to the birder who travels to foreign corners of the world. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is full of excellent color photography and illustrations and, the entry for each bird is complete with brief writings that distinguish the habits of that particular bird. . . . The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds is well-worthy of its noble Princeton name and is an essential reference for the birder, and especially one who travels the globe in hopes of sighting new birds.
— Chris Smith
DC Birding Blog
The text is informative, the best aspect of this book is the abundance of illustrations. Unlike many bird references, it combines both photographs and paintings to take full advantage of each medium.
Library Journal

This is an updated paperback edition of the Firefly Encyclopedia of Birds(LJ10/1/03), published in the UK by Oxford University Press as Encyclopedia of Birds(previously, New Encyclopedia of Birds). Perrins (Oxford, fellow of the Royal Soc.) combines the work of 150 contributors and more than 1000 great color photographs, maps, and other illustrations to produce a stunning book that informs both amateurs and experts. Coverage includes form and function, distribution, diet, breeding biology, and conservation and environment. Any updating is subtle, as no titles in the bibliography are more recent than 2003. A notice in small print states: "You must not circulate this book in any other binding or cover and you must impose this same condition on any acquirer," an attempt to thwart the costsaving strategy of rebinding paperback copies with lessexpensivethanhardcover editions. Whether this statement is legally binding is not for this reviewer to say. BOTTOM LINEThe repackaging of this work under slightly varying titles by different publishers is a real disservice; this book is a gem and deserves to be known by one title. Highly recommended for all libraries as well as all coffee tables not holding the earlier hardcover editions. [Also released this month: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Mammals. ISBN 9780691140698
—Teresa R. Faust

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691140704
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 624,108
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Christopher Perrins is a distinguished ornithologist, the author of many popular and scholarly books on birds, and a fellow of the Royal Society. A former professor of ornithology at the University of Oxford and former director of the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, he is currently a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.
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