The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain and Europe

The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain and Europe

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This authoritative guide is unparalleled in scope and depth. More than 3,500 brilliant color illustrations show each bird from up to twelve different angles, clearly and accurately presenting all distinguishing features of male and female, juvenile and adult birds. The engaging text is easily accessible yet detailed enough to satisfy even the most experienced birdwatcher. Each entry includes both common and scientific names for the bird. A succinct summary facilitates instant identification of the species and is followed by detailed discussions about habitat, feeding, displays and calls, breeding, migration, and length. A separate box offers "when to see" and "where found" information, indicating the time of year and where in Britain and Europe the species can be seen. For quick reference, icons accompanying each entry indicate the status of the species in Britain (resident, rare vagrant, etc.) and its preferred habitat. Finally, the captions accompanying the illustrations suggest features to check if a bird cannot be quickly identified. This thorough guide is color coded to allow instant access to the right bird. For its level of detail, convenience, and incomparable illustrations, The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain and Europe is an essential addition to any birder's library.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 217.9 x 308.9 x 23.9mm | 1,601.2g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 1588340880
  • 9781588340887
  • 1,835,233

About Peter Hayman

Peter Hayman is widely acclaimed for his uniquely meticulous approach to bird illustration. He has contributed to many books including Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa (1995). Rob Hume has been the editor of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' award-winning Birds magazine since 1989.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 How to use this book Chapter 3 The parts of a bird Chapter 4 How this book was created Chapter 5 How to identify birds Chapter 6 The living bird Chapter 7 The families of birds Chapter 8 Bird habitats of Europe Chapter 9 What you need to watch birds Chapter 10 Useful contacts Part 11 Divers and Grebes Part 12 Shearwaters, Cormorants, and Gannets Part 13 Herons and Pelicans Part 14 Wildfowl Part 15 Birds of Prey Part 16 Gamebirds, Crakes, and Rails Part 17 Waders Part 18 Gulls, Terns, and Auks Part 19 Sandgrouse, Pigeons, and Cuckoos Part 20 Owls Part 21 Swifts, Woodpeckers, and allies Part 22 Larks, Swallows, and Pipits Part 23 Wrens and allies Part 24 Thrushes and Chats Part 25 Warblers and Flycatchers Part 26 Tits, Treecreepers, and Nuthatches Part 27 Shrikes, Starlings, and Crows Part 28 Sparrows, Finches, and Buntings Part 29 Glossaryshow more

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