The World of Birds

The World of Birds : Over 300 Species

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From the penguins of the Antarctic to the flamboyant inhabitants of the Amazon rainforests, The World of Birds includes fascinating examples from all of the world's major bird families.

The entries are grouped by order, then within each order by family (and, where necessary, within each family by subfamilies); each family section contains examples of the key species, which are illustrated with beautifully detailed, full-colour artworks. For easy reference, each entry includes a table of information on scientific name, order and family, features, habitat, distribution, diet and breeding. There is also fascinating text explaining the major characteristics of the featured bird.

Presented in a pocket-book size, the book is handy for taking with you when birdwatching. With excellent colour artworks, an at-a-glance table of information and authoritative text, Birds will appeal to anyone interested in the natural world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 125 x 167 x 27.94mm | 530g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • 300 artworks; 300 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782743235
  • 9781782743231
  • 1,267,268

Table of contents

Introduction 6

Struthioniformes (Ratites) 14
Sphenisciformes (Penguins) 20
Podicipediformes (Grebes) 30
Procellariiformes (Albatrosses and Petrels) 32
Pelecaniformes (Pelicans and Relatives) 38
Ciconiiformes (Herons and Relatives) 46
Phoenicopteriformes (Flamingos) 56
Anseriformes (Waterfowl) 58
Falconiformes (Birds of Prey) 70
Galliformes (Game Birds) 88
Gruiformes (Cranes and Relatives) 97
Charadriiformes (Waders, Gulls and Auks) 108
Columbiformes (Pigeons and Relatives) 132
Psittaciformes (Parrots) 142
Cuculiformes (Cuckoos and Relatives) 152
Strigiformes (Owls) 160
Caprimulgiformes (Frogmouths and Nightjars) 166
Apodiformes (Swifts and Hummingbirds) 172
Coliiformes (Mousebirds) 180
Trogoniformes (Trogons) 181
Coraciiformes (Kingfishers and Relatives) 186
Piciformes (Woodpeckers and Relatives) 196
Passeriformes (Perching Birds) 211

Index 314
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About Michael Wright

Michael Wright is a Natural Sciences graduate from Cambridge University and a member of the Association of British Science Writers. He has authored, edited, and contributed to many books in the field of wildlife, natural history, health and the environment, including: Reader's Digest Facts at Your Fingertips, Scientific American How Things Work Today; Reader's Digest Book of Amazing Facts; and Britain's Wildlife, Plants and Flowers.
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