Handbook of the Birds of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa

Handbook of the Birds of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa : Volumes I-VII Set

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This beautifully illustrated and authoritative eight-volume reference work is the most comprehensive guide to the birds of the Western Paleartic available. Taking into account the great advances made in ornithology since the publication of the seminal Handbook of British Birds (1941)--which for many years provided the foundation on which the field was built--the eight volumes together will contain descriptions of over 760 species of birds, of which about 600 are breeding species. Each breeding species is described in detail in sections devoted to field characteristics, habitat, distribution, mortality and longevity, population (with maps showing breeding and wintering areas), social pattern and behavior, breeding, food, voice, plumages, moults, measurements, weights, structure, and geographical variation. Regular migration and accidental species are treated under these headings where relevant. Each volume also contains specially-commissioned color plates of each species which show the full range of normal plumage together with more distant flight views. In addition, color plates of eggs, black-and-white illustrations, and many text-figures showing display postures, voice sonograms and melograms, and annual cycles, are included. All of these features combine to make the Handbook an indispensable reference work for both the professional scientist and the ever-growing body of amateur ornithologists.show more

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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 362 x 444 x 318mm | 17,491g
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195210670
  • 9780195210675