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World of Birds

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The World of Birds

Jonathan Elphick  

Colour photographs, Maps, Illustrations
612 pages, 280 x 216 mm
Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING


    Hardback New - September 2014
ISBN: 9781486302925 - AU $ 89.95

 

 Explore the wonders of the avian world with this ultimate reference book. The World of Birds is a comprehensive guide to every aspect of bird life and a concise survey of the world’s orders and families. Highly respected ornithologist and wildlife expert, Jonathan Elphick, begins by defining the distinguishing features of birds before going on to describe their evolution since the age of the dinosaurs.

With the aid of fact boxes and clear photographs, he then explores in greater detail each of the significant elements of bird life: bird biology including anatomy, walking and swimming, plumage, calls and songs; flight techniques and styles; food and feeding; bird lifestyles and social relationships; breeding, growth and development; bird geography and habitats; and the mysteries of migration. He also considers human attitudes towards birds through the ages.

This beautiful volume has been published in a limited print-run partnership with the Natural History Museum, London and CSIRO Publishing. It will be a timeless reference and perfect gift for bird watchers.

 

 
  • Written by highly regarded ornithologist and natural history expert
  • Definitive guide to every aspect of bird life
  • Sumptuously illustrated throughout with photographs, maps and diagrams
 

 Preface
Early birds
Anatomy and physiology
Flight
Food and feeding
Bird society and populations
Breeding
Where do birds live?
Migration
Birds and humans
The bird families
Glossary
Further information
Index
 

 Natural history enthusiasts
Ornithologists
Amateur bird watchers
 

 Jonathan Elphick, BSc, FZS, FLS, is a highly regarded wildlife writer, editor, consultant, lecturer and broadcaster, specialising in ornithology. During a career spanning over 40 years, he has worked on many books, including spending twelve years as specialist researcher on Birds Britannica and Birds & People. He has also written a variety of titles, such as the bestseller Birdsong, Birds: The Art of Ornithology and the award-winning Birdwatcher’s Handbook, and was a contributing editor on Natural History Museum Atlas of Bird Migration. 

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