The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife: Birds and Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Continent and the Southern Ocean (Second Edition)

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Overview

This is a fully updated new edition of the award-winning Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife, the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to the birds and marine mammals of the vast and beautiful Antarctic region. Covering Antarctica, the southern ocean, and the subantarctic islands, this unique guide illustrates all of the region's breeding birds and mammals with some 920 color photographs and illustrations, including 300 new photographs. It features 128 color distribution maps and up-to-date species accounts that expertly detail abundance, seasonal status, and conservation prospects. The volume also covers numerous nonbreeding species, migrants, and vagrants, and the sections on albatrosses and petrels have been fully revised to make them current with the latest taxonomic knowledge.

Regional chapters describe all of the subantarctic islands, in addition to most of the regularly visited sites in Antarctica, and are accompanied by maps and photographs of each area. These chapters present detailed information on geography, climate, geology, general ecology, and flora. They also address conservation efforts—past, present, and planned. The book concludes with practical information about visiting the area, including details on the best landing sites and notes on seasonal weather conditions.

This is an indispensable companion for any trip to the far south, as well as an informative volume for anyone interested in the Antarctic region's remarkable, occasionally strange, and frequently beautiful animals.

  • Features 35 color plates and some 920 color photographs
  • Illustrates and maps the distribution of all of the region's breeding birds and marine mammals
  • Includes information on many nonbreeders, migrants, and vagrants
  • Features expert text reflecting recent advances in taxonomy
  • Covers all of the subantarctic islands as well as Antarctica's regularly visited sites
  • Offers travel tips, including weather considerations and landing sites
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Editorial Reviews

Quarterly Review of Biology
Praise for the first edition: This book contains more of the natural history of the Great White Continent in a single volume than any other book you are likely to find. . . . [It] goes well beyond describing the mammals and birds, offering a general treatise on the natural history of Antarctica.
— Charles F. Wurster
Wildlife Activist
Praise for the first edition: With the growth of interest in ecotourism, conservation, and research in Antarctica and the Southern Oceans comes a demand for an accurate, comprehensive guide to the area's wildlife, and this is it! . . . The plates . . . are among the best I have ever seen in any guide. . . . This is without a doubt the most authoritative guide to the region's wildlife.
Polar Times
Praise for the first edition: The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife is a remarkable book, probably the most complete general work on the topic ever produced, with more than 500 color photographs, 35 color plates and a 381-item bibliography. But these numbers tell only part of the story. The photographs are, almost without exception, simply terrific, representing the best work of 52 different photographers, each shot chosen for its beauty or its ability to show a particular aspect of the animal's identifying characteristics. . . . [An] amazing and valuable book.
— Jeff Rubin
British Antarctic Survey
Praise for the first edition: This is an ambitious, single-volume guide to the wildlife of the Antarctic, subantarctic, and associated regions in the Southern Ocean. It is very comprehensive, with details of all of the relevant bird and mammal species likely to be encountered. It will prove invaluable for both visitors—either tourists or scientists—and those with a fascination for this region.
— Keith Reid
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Winner of the 2002 Best Bird Book of the Year, Birdwatch
Winner of the 2002 Best Bird Book - Oceans and Islands, Worldtwitch

Praise for the first edition: "This book contains more of the natural history of the Great White Continent in a single volume than any other book you are likely to find. . . . [It] goes well beyond describing the mammals and birds, offering a general treatise on the natural history of Antarctica."—Charles F. Wurster, Quarterly Review of Biology

Praise for the first edition: "With the growth of interest in ecotourism, conservation, and research in Antarctica and the Southern Oceans comes a demand for an accurate, comprehensive guide to the area's wildlife, and this is it! . . . The plates . . . are among the best I have ever seen in any guide. . . . This is without a doubt the most authoritative guide to the region's wildlife."Wildlife Activist

Praise for the first edition: "The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife is a remarkable book, probably the most complete general work on the topic ever produced, with more than 500 color photographs, 35 color plates and a 381-item bibliography. But these numbers tell only part of the story. The photographs are, almost without exception, simply terrific, representing the best work of 52 different photographers, each shot chosen for its beauty or its ability to show a particular aspect of the animal's identifying characteristics. . . . [An] amazing and valuable book."—Jeff Rubin, Polar Times

Praise for the first edition: This is an ambitious, single-volume guide to the wildlife of the Antarctic, subantarctic, and associated regions in the Southern Ocean. It is very comprehensive, with details of all of the relevant bird and mammal species likely to be encountered. It will prove invaluable for both visitors—either tourists or scientists—and those with a fascination for this region."—Keith Reid, British Antarctic Survey

Wildlife Activist

Praise for the first edition: "With the growth of interest in ecotourism, conservation, and research in Antarctica and the Southern Oceans comes a demand for an accurate, comprehensive guide to the area's wildlife, and this is it! . . . The plates . . . are among the best I have ever seen in any guide. . . . This is without a doubt the most authoritative guide to the region's wildlife.

Quarterly Review of Biology

Praise for the first edition: "This book contains more of the natural history of the Great White Continent in a single volume than any other book you are likely to find. . . . [It] goes well beyond describing the mammals and birds, offering a general treatise on the natural history of Antarctica.
— Charles F. Wurster

Polar Times

Praise for the first edition: "The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife is a remarkable book, probably the most complete general work on the topic ever produced, with more than 500 color photographs, 35 color plates and a 381-item bibliography. But these numbers tell only part of the story. The photographs are, almost without exception, simply terrific, representing the best work of 52 different photographers, each shot chosen for its beauty or its ability to show a particular aspect of the animal's identifying characteristics. . . . [An] amazing and valuable book.
— Jeff Rubin

British Antarctic Survey

Praise for the first edition: "This is an ambitious, single-volume guide to the wildlife of the Antarctic, subantarctic, and associated regions in the Southern Ocean. It is very comprehensive, with details of all of the relevant bird and mammal species likely to be encountered. It will prove invaluable for both visitors—either tourists or scientists—and those with a fascination for this region.
— Keith Reid

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691136660
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/14/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Hadoram Shirihai is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books, including "The Birds of Israel, Sylvia Warblers", and "Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World" (all Princeton).
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Table of Contents

List of colour plates     4
Preface     5
Referees for this book     5
Acknowledgements     6
Background to the research work     6
Layout of the Book     7
The Maps     7
Synopsis of the region     8
The Antarctic and Subantarctic Environments: The Southern Ocean     8
Geological History     12
Geography and Climate     13
Sea Environment     19
Habitats and Vegetation     21
Avifauna     23
Marine Mammals     25
Conservation in the Region     28
Checklist of Birds and Marine Mammals of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean     31
History of Antarctic Exploration     35
Species Accounts     42
Birds     42
Penguins     42
Great albatrosses     82
Small and medium albatrosses     109
Sooty albatrosses, giant petrels and other distinct petrels     133
Gadfly petrels     149
Procellaria petrels and shearwaters     172
Blue Petrel and prions     191
Storm-petrels and diving-petrels     206
Cormorants and shags of the SouthernOcean     222
Gannets     239
Large skuas     242
Stercorarius skuas     252
Gulls and terns     257
Endemic and indigenous species of subantarctic islands in the S Indian and S Atlantic Oceans and the Falklands     273
Endemic and indigenous non-passerines of New Zealand's subantarctic islands     309
Endemic and indigenous passerines of New Zealand's subantarctic islands     325
Marine Mammals     332
Seals     332
Cetaceans     355
Regional descriptions (with tables of breeding species)     415
Subantarctic islands off South America (and Checklist of Falkland Islands birds)     415
South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea     436
South Altantic Islands     452
Subantarctic islands in the Indian Ocean     464
Subantarctic islands south of New Zealand     482
The Ross Sea     509
East Antarctica     517
Peter Oy     522
Other Regions and Islands     522
Islands off southern Chile and southern Argentina     523
Tasmania Group     525
Gateways to the Antarctic: pelagic and other birds and marine mammals in southern South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand     526
Ushuaia, the Beagle Channel and sea area south of Tierra del Fuego     526
Seabird and whale viewing off South Africa     528
Observing Southern Ocean seabirds off Australia     530
Seabird and sea mammal viewing around New Zealand     532
Bibliography     535
Organizations and Contacts in the Region     538
Biographies     539
Index     540
List of colour plates
King and Antarctic penguins     43
Crested penguins     63
Northern penguins     77
Great albatrosses     83
Small and medium albatrosses     111
Sooty albatrosses, giant petrels and other distinct petrels     135
Gadfly petrels     151
Procellaria petrels and shearwaters     173
Blue Petrel and prions     193
Storm-petrels and diving-petrels     207
Cormorants and shags of the Southern Ocean     223
Cormorants and shags of New Zealand's subantarctic islands     233
Gannets     241
Large skuas     243
Stercorarius skuas     253
Gulls and terns     259
Endemic and indigenous non- and near-passerines of subantarctic islands in the S Indian and S Atlantic Oceans and the Falklands     274
Endemic and indigenous passerines of the S Atlantic Ocean and the Falklands     299
Endemic and indigenous non-passerines of New Zealand's subantarctic islands     311
Endemic and indigenous near-passerines of New Zealand's subantarctic islands     321
Endemic and indigenous passerines of New Zealand's subantarctic islands     327
Fur seals     333
Sea lions     343
Phocid or 'true' seals     347
Coastal dolphins and porpoises     359
Oceanic and coastal dolphins     365
Dark animals with similar, prominent dorsal fins     375
Small beaked whales     383
Large beaked whales and small baleen whales     393
Large rorquals and robust-bodied whales     405
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