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Owls of the World

Owls of the World

Author: Claus König, Friedhelm Weick, Jan-Hendrik Becking
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408108844
Pages: 528
Year: 2009-01-01
Owls are enduringly popular birds, but due to their nocturnal habits most species are difficult to see well. The plumages of many species are cryptic and difficult to separate by plumage alone. This problem is compounded by the different morphs that many adopt. This book fully describes every known species and subspecies of owl, as well as presenting the latest evidence on owl taxonomy, based on DNA work and vocalisations. Because voice is vital in owl identification, much emphasis is placed on it in the book and sonograms are provided for many species. A CD of owl vocalisations will accompany the book.
Owls of the World - A Photographic Guide

Owls of the World - A Photographic Guide

Author: Heimo Mikkola
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472945611
Pages: 536
Year: 2017-06-15
Having trouble separating your scops from your screech owls, Tengmalm's from Tawny Owl or Collared and Spotted Owlets? Then this is the book for you. Owls of the World is the ultimate photographic resource dedicated to the identification of these charismatic, largely nocturnal birds of prey. This book contains lavish and spectacular photography from dozens of the world's finest natural history photographers, covering all of the world's 268 species of owls; particular attention is given to subspecific differences, sexing and ageing. The photos are accompanied by concise text on the identification, habitat, food, distribution and voice of these birds, along with accurate range maps. In this second edition, recent changes to owl taxonomy are incorporated with full descriptions (and images) of a number of new species, plus a several new photographs to improve this book's amazing photographic coverage still further. This is the definitive work on owl identification – no birder's bookshelf should be without it!
Owls

Owls

Author: Claus König, Friedhelm Weick, J. H. Becking
Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers, Incorporated
ISBN:
Pages: 462
Year: 1999
"Many species of owls are difficult to separate by plumage alone; this problem is compunded by the different morphs they adopt. This book fully describes every known species of owl, as well as presenting the latest evidence on owl taxonomy based on DNA evidence and vocalizations. Because voice is vital in owl identification a great deal of emphasis is placed on it."
Woodpeckers of the World

Woodpeckers of the World

Author: Gerard Gorman
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408147173
Pages: 448
Year: 2014-06-19
Woodpeckers remain one of the most popular families of birds, and they are certainly one of the more unusual. Their legendary ability to excavate holes in wood is well known, and they are uniquely adapted for living in trees - though a few species have become more adapted to ground-dwelling. The family ranges from the tiny piculets of tropical forests to the mighty Imperial Woodpecker of Mexico, sadly now extinct. In between there is a considerable variety of species, all of a roughly similar shape and design, inhabiting forests and woodlands through the world except Australasia and Antarctica. Covering 239 species, this book is the first definitive photographic guide to woodpeckers. Detailed text looks in detail at the biology of the birds, with particular emphasis on field identification, along with voice, habitat, status, racial variation and distribution. The text is accompanied by a series of high-quality photographs – more than 750 images, carefully selected to highlight identification criteria. Each species entry is completed by an accurate colour range map. A sister to Owls of the World in the Helm Photographic Guides series, Woodpeckers of the World is an informative, fact-filled and beautifully illustrated guide to a group beloved by all birders.
African Raptors

African Raptors

Author: Bill Clark, Rob Davies
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147292570X
Pages: 384
Year: 2018-08-09
The most comprehensive guide to African raptors ever published. Africa has the most diverse range of raptors of any continent, with almost a third of the world's species occurring in the region. This comprehensive new book treats all of these species in impressive detail, with emphasis on their field identification. A full range of plumages is illustrated for each species, with artwork by raptor specialist Rob Davies. The authoritative text treats the identification of both perched and in-flight birds, and covers all major races, ages, plumages and morphs. These texts are accompanied by up-to-date distribution maps and a range of fabulous colour photographs from some of the world's leading bird photographers, again covering as broad a range of ages and subspecies as possible. This new Helm Identification Guide will be an essential reference for all birders and ornithologists with an interest in raptors.
Mr. Croc's Silly Sock

Mr. Croc's Silly Sock

Author:
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 1404827307
Pages: 52
Year: 2006-07-01
While chasing a runaway sock, a forgetful crocodile pauses to admire his handsome reflection.
Owls of the World

Owls of the World

Author: James R. Duncan
Publisher: Firefly Books
ISBN: 1552978451
Pages: 319
Year: 2003
Describes 205 species of owls and explores the nature of owls, their place in mythology and culture, and protection efforts.
Starlings and Mynas

Starlings and Mynas

Author: Adrian Craig, Chris Feare
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408135221
Pages: 272
Year: 2010-09-30
A comprehensive illustrated guide to the Old World family of birds in the HELM IDENTIFICATION series. The Indo-Malayan and Afro-tropical varieties are covered, along with the New World immigrants, and the text together with drawings, maps and photographs show aspects of bird behaviour, distribution and natural history.
Parrots

Parrots

Author: Mike Parr, Tony Juniper
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408135752
Pages: 584
Year: 2010-07-30
This is the first book created primarily for the field identification of parrots, one of the most familiar and colorful groups of birds. From the mighty. macaws to the diminutive pygmy parrots, the 350 species of parrots include cockatoos, parakeets, lovebirds, and Budgerigar. Most are brightly colored or even gaudy, but a few are drab, and some are nocturnal and flightess. Parrots, found throughout most of the warmer regions of the world, occur in greatest numbers in Australasian and South America. This book includes 88 superb color illustrations of every species and most identifiable subspecies of parrot, as well as range maps of their locations. It offers many firsthand insights into the ecology of each species, vocalizations, life cycle characteristics, and geographical variation. It also provides up-to-date information on the conservation status of those species of parrots that are threatened or endangered.
The Helm Guide to Bird Identification

The Helm Guide to Bird Identification

Author: Keith Vinicombe, Alan Harris, Laurel Tucker
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408130351
Pages: 400
Year: 2014-05-22
An essential field guide companion covering species pairs or groups that are difficult to identify.
Robins and Chats

Robins and Chats

Author: Peter Clement
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408155966
Pages: 688
Year: 2016-01-28
This authoritative handbook, part of the Helm Identification Guides series, looks in detail at the world's 170 species of robins and chats. This large family of small passerines was formerly considered to be part of the thrush family (Turdidae), but is now usually treated as a separate family, Muscicapidae, together with the Old World flycatchers. The vast majority of species are Eurasian or African, with only a handful of species straying into the New World or Australasia. The Australian Robins, although superficially similar, have long been regarded as a separate family. Robins and chats are a diverse family comprising both highly colourful and visible species, such as the robin-chats of Africa, as well as some of the most skulking and elusive birds, such as the shortwings of Asia. Many chats, such as the well-known Nightingale, are renowned songsters, and a good number are highly sought-after by world listers for their extreme rarity or simply because they are hard to see. This book discusses the identification and habits of these birds on a species-by-species basis, bringing together the very latest research with accurate range maps, more than 600 stunning colour photographs that illustrate age and racial plumage differences, and 64 superb colour plates by the internationally renowned artist, Chris Rose. This authoritative and sumptuous book will be an essential purchase for all chat enthusiasts, and will become the standard reference on the subject for many years to come.
RSPB British Birds of Prey

RSPB British Birds of Prey

Author: Marianne Taylor
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472932250
Pages: 224
Year: 2016-04-07
This book is a celebration of British raptors, with 200 stunning colour photographs. An authoritative text examines the biology and ecology of each species, following their fortunes as British breeding birds from historical times to the present day. This book will serve as a showcase of these fabulous birds and highlight the diverse work of the RSPB in ensuring their survival.
Birds of Venezuela

Birds of Venezuela

Author: David Ascanio, Gustavo Rodriguez, Robin Restall
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147292567X
Pages: 592
Year: 2017-02-23
Covering the sixth largest avifauna in the world, this important new guide is essential for anyone exploring the diverse habitats of this beautiful South American country. Birds of Venezuela - complete with authoritative text and superb colour plates - will ensure that this top birding destination is made accessible to all. This field guide has 248 colour plates illustrating more than 1,400 species, covering racial, sexual and seasonal plumage variations. Accompanying text is placed on facing pages for easy reference providing key information, voice and status of all species and subspecies found in the region, including Venezuela's 45 endemic species. Detailed colour distribution maps are provided for every species.
Owls

Owls

Author: Marianne Taylor
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062413899
Pages: 256
Year: 2016-11-22
Discover the fascinating and mysterious world of owls with this stunning full-color, encyclopedic visual guide that explores all 225 known species, packed with maps, photographs, illustrations, informative scientific details, and a bonus 35½" x 12" accordion poster illustrated with the true-to-size wing span of the largest owl, overlayed with the wing span of the smallest owl and several owls in-between. Humans have long been fascinated by owls. From prehistoric cave paintings to popular modern children’s stories, these magnificent predators have been seen as harbingers of good fortune and impending disaster, as icons of fear and wisdom, and as the powerful sidekicks of magic-makers, including the beloved Harry Potter. Scientists have faced tremendous challenges trying to document the lives of these solitary, nocturnal, and highly elusive creatures. New species are still being discovered, as are new insights into the habits of even the most familiar varieties. Visually spectacular and authoritative, Owls includes full descriptions and maps of key viewing locations for all 225 owl species in the world, and is illustrated with drawings and stunning full-color images from some of the leading wildlife photographers from around the world which capture these birds’ breathtaking beauty and power. The book also features a special section on the art of hiding—a highly honed skill set of the owl. Throughout, Marianne Taylor provides a wealth of detail on each type of bird’s hunting and breeding behavior, habitat, and conservation. Inside, are dozens of fun facts, such as: Only nineteen of the 225 known species of owls are found in North America; Owls can be found on all continents except Antarctica; Owls, like humans, have binocular vision; Owls cannot turn their eyes, but are able to rotate their heads up to 270 degrees; Owls are carnivorous and are known to eat rodents, small mammals, nocturnal insects, fish, and other birds. Lavishly illustrated and educational, this breathtaking volume is essential for readers interested in natural science, devout birders, professional ornithologists, and all owl lovers.
Woodpeckers of the World

Woodpeckers of the World

Author: Gerard Gorman
Publisher: Firefly Books Limited
ISBN: 177085309X
Pages: 528
Year: 2014-05-24
"Covers all 239 species of woodpeckers. Concise text looks at identification, vocalizations, drumming, habitat, range, food and feeding, taxonomy and confusion species. It is complemented by up-to-date range maps and more than 750 color photographs. The photographic coverage includes most plumages and considerable subspecific variation, making this the definitive work on woodpecker identification."--Back cover.