Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey : Stunning Photographs of the World's Great Hunting Birds

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Birds of Prey - or raptors - are some of the most captivating bird species in the world. Think of eagles and condors, vultures, hawks and kites, but also owls and ospreys. Think of the peregrine falcon, which, reaching speeds of up to 320km/h (200mph), is the world's fastest animal - when diving.
From the New World Caracaras to the Oriental Hobby, the Northern Goshawk to the Swamp Harrier to the European Merlin, Birds of Prey explores the fascinating lifecycles, habitats, diets and, where applicable, migratory patterns, of more than 100 species from all around the world.
They primarily hunt and feed on vertebrates that are large relative to the hunter. They have keen eyesight, being able to spot their prey from great distances, and strong feet equipped with talons for grasping or killing prey, and powerful, curved beaks for tearing flesh. In addition to hunting live prey, most also eat carrion, at least occasionally, and vultures and condors eat carrion as their main food source.
With full captions explaining how the species hunt and feed, nest and rear their young, Birds of Prey is a brilliant examination in 240 outstanding colour photographs.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 233 x 303 x 22mm | 1,400g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 240 photos; 240 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1838860959
  • 9781838860950
  • 2,154,977

Table of contents

Introduction

1. EAGLES AND KITES
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Sea eagles
Booted eagle
Harpy eagles
Snake eagles
American harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja)
African Hawk-Eagle
African Fish-Eagle
The Javan hawk-eagle (Nisaetus bartelsi)
New Guinea Harpy Eagle
Philippine Serpent Eagle
Andaman Serpent-Eagle
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Cuban Kite
Yellow-billed kite (Milvus aegyptius)
African Swallow-Tailed Kite
Black-shouldered kite

2. HAWKS AND HARRIERS
Western osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Northern Goshawk
Rufous Crab-Hawk
Northern Harrier
Snail Kite
Northern Harrier
Western Marsh Harrier
Collared sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)
Rufous-necked sparrowhawk (Accipiter erythrauchen)
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)
Swamp harrier

3. VULTURES
California condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
Andean Condor
Turkey Vulture
Beard vulture
King vulture
Ruppell's vulture
Griffon Vulture
Egyptian Vulture

4. FALCONS AND KESTRELS
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Spot-Winged Falconet
Orange-Breasted Falcon
New Zealand falcon, NZ
Madagascar Kestrel
Pygmy Falcon
Nankeen kestrel
Caracara

5. OWLS
Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus)
Central American Pygmy Owl
Cuban Pygmy Owl
Colombian Screech Owl
Boreal Owl
Cape Eagle Owl (Bubo capensis)
Congo Bay Owl
Sulawesi Golden Owl
Ural Owl
Owlet Morepork
Burrowing owl

6. IN THE NEST
A selection of nests in many locations:
on the ground, cliffs, up trees
Eggs
Brooding
Chicks being fed
Fledgelings
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About Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson is a leading natural history writer based in the United Kingdom. As an author and contributor he has worked on more than 60 books. A zoology graduate from the University of Bristol, he has also worked as a zookeeper and in safari parks in Zimbabwe.
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