Raptors of the World

Raptors of the World

by James Ferguson-Lees, Philip Burton, Kim Franklin
     
 

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In this guide to birds of prey, Ferguson-Lees, an author affiliated with the Royal Society for Bird Preservation, and avid bird-watcher Christie describe all 313 species. The 112 color plates illustrate about 2,000 perched and flying birds and their adult, juvenile and selected immature plumages, as well as main geographical races and color morphs. The text highlights… See more details below

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In this guide to birds of prey, Ferguson-Lees, an author affiliated with the Royal Society for Bird Preservation, and avid bird-watcher Christie describe all 313 species. The 112 color plates illustrate about 2,000 perched and flying birds and their adult, juvenile and selected immature plumages, as well as main geographical races and color morphs. The text highlights the plumages shown and summarizes length, wingspan, male-to-female proportion, shape, flight, and habitat. Individual accounts detail distribution and movements, habitat, characters (perched and in flight, and including confusion species), voice, food, sociosexual behavior, breeding, population, geographical variation, and measurements. The book also contains many line drawings and distribution maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Library Journal
Prepared with the same grace that raptors possess, this is an impressive opus. As the first major entry in the publisher's "Helm Identification" series in many years, it is of course intended for identification. But even Ferguson-Lees, deputy director of the Royal Society for Bird Preservation, and Christie, assistant editor of British Birds, realize that given its heft this volume may be used more as a reference than as a field guide. To narrow identification choices, birders can carry a smaller guide suited to their current locale, such as David Allen Sibley's recent The Sibley Guide to Birds (LJ 11/1/00), and then consult this work later for further help. All 313 species of diurnal raptors (excluded are the nocturnal owls) are illustrated in color and black and white, perched and in flight. As with any field guide, information is provided for identification, including brief descriptive text next to the color plate, illustrations of juvenile and adult plumage, and a range map. Reference text about each species describes distribution (with a larger map), movements, habitat, field characters, perched and flight characteristics, confusion species, voice, food, sociosexual behavior, breeding, population, variations, size measurements, and references. An index and a colossal 50-page bibliography conclude the work. The plate color is good, and the images are clear. A required purchase for every ornithology collection, academic or public, this book is highly recommended.DNancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
World Birdwatch
An astounding milestone in the history of ornithology.
TLS
This is a major addition to the ornithologist's library.
— Christopher Perrins
Wildlife Activist
The book is a must for anyone who is interested in raptors not found just in North America.
— Frederic H. Brock
TLS - Christopher Perrins
This is a major addition to the ornithologist's library.
Wildlife Activist - Frederic H. Brock
The book is a must for anyone who is interested in raptors not found just in North America.
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"An astounding milestone in the history of ornithology."--World Birdwatch

"This is a major addition to the ornithologist's library."--Christopher Perrins, TLS

"The book is a must for anyone who is interested in raptors not found just in North America."--Frederic H. Brock, Wildlife Activist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618127627
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
None
Pages:
872
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 9.56(h) x 2.45(d)

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