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The Birds of London

The Birds of London

by Andrew Self


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The parks, reservoirs, rooftops and gardens of London – here defined as the area within 20 miles of St Paul's Cathedral – have a surprisingly rich avifauna, including a healthy population of one of Britain's rarest breeders, the Black Redstart. The region also has a remarkable list of rarities – in recent years Canary Wharf has proven to be a magnet for vagrants, while one of the very few British records of Tengmalm's Owl hails from Plaistow – an unfortunate bird stoned to death by local urchins in 1877.

Some species, like the Peregrine Falcon, Black-headed Gull and Ring-necked Parakeet, have seen their fortunes soar over recent decades; others, such as House Sparrow, have suffered a population collapse. While as recently as a century ago, the London area had breeding populations of birds such as Wryneck and Red-backed Shrike, which are now nationally extinct. The status, distribution and history of every species on the regional list is discussed in rich detail in this book, the first comprehensive avifauna for the London area ever published.

The County Avifauna series provides detailed information on the range and status of bird species at county level. Areas covered in the series so far include Norfolk, Suffolk, Dorset, the Shetland Islands, Leicestershire and Rutland, Essex and Gwent. Each title covers all species on the county list, with a breakdown of rarity records, and there are introductory sections describing the area's ecology, its ornithological history, as well as a review of the best sites to visit.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408194041
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/24/2014
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Andrew Self is an author and photographer from London. The former editor of the London Bird Report, Andrew has been London Bird Recorder since 2000 and a member of the London Rarities Committee since 1997. He has birded extensively around the world as well as recording the birdlife of his local patch, Brent Reservoir.

Table of Contents

Chronological highlights
Calendar of notable birds
Habitats and geography
Important naturalists and ornithologists in London
Green spaces in London
Species accounts: Wildfowl, Gamebirds, Divers, Seabirds, Cormorants, Herons, Storks and ibises, Grebes, Raptors,
Rails and crakes, Crane, Bustard, Waders, Skuas, Gulls, Terns, Auks, Sandgrouse, Pigeons, Parrot, Cuckoos, Owls, Nightjars, Swifts, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Woodpeckers, Oriole, Shrikes, Crows, Crests, Tits, Parrotbill. Larks, Swallows and martins, Warblers, Waxwing, Nuthatch, Treecreepers, Wren, Starlings, Dipper, Thrushes, Chats and flycatchers, Accentors, Sparrows, Wagtails, Pipits, Finches, Buntings
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