The Encyclopedia of Birds
is the definitive single-volume guide to the birds of the world. Written by a team of renowned biologists and conservationists, it offers accessible coverage of every family - their form and function, distribution, diet, social behaviour, and breeding biology - giving special attention to environmental and conservation issues.
's clear, readable text is supplemented by a wealth of photographs showing the wide diversity of birds in their natural habitat, as well as beautifully detailed illustrations depicting representative species in each family. In addition 'Factfile' panels throughout the book, with distribution maps and scale drawings, put key data at the reader's fingertips, ensuring that this comprehensive reference work will appeal to amateur birdwatchers and student and professional ornithologists alike.
- A major reference work that examines comprehensively the characteristics, behaviour, ecology, and evolution of birds
- Worldwide coverage of all bird families
- Written by a team of distinguished zoologists under the guidance of an internationally renowned expert, Christopher Perrins
- Combines unsurpassed, up-to-date scholarship with a wide appeal to a general readership
- Features stunning photographs of birds in their natural habitats, supplemented by full-colour artworks
- Special features cover a wide range of behavioural and conservation topics
Part I: Ostriches to Button Quails
Part II: Plovers to Woodpeckers
Part III: The Passerines
Four colour illustrations throughout; hundreds of photographs, artworks, and maps
Essential for zoologists and ornithologists, this book will also serve as an invaluable point of reference for amateur natural historians, students and teachers of biology and animal science, and the home reference market.