Handbook of the Birds of the World; Volume 1 Ostrich to Ducks

Handbook of the Birds of the World; Volume 1 Ostrich to Ducks

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This first volume covers the following families: ostrich; rheas; cassowaries; emu; kiwis; tinamous; penguins; divers; grebes; albatrosses; petrels & shearwaters; storm- and diving-petrels; tropicbirds; pelicans; gannets & boobies; cormorants; darters; frigatebirds; herons; hamerkop; storks; shoebill; ibises and spoonbills; flamingos; screamers; ducks, geese & swans.

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This introductory chapter is illustrated with detailed plates to complement the text, and deals with such diverse aspects as evolutionary history, anatomy, physiology, migration, and systematics.

Each chapter covers a different family, headed by a summary box. Photographs illustrate more unusual features, such as courtship behaviour, thermoregulation or feeding techniques. Each chapter is subdivided into sections: systematics; morphological aspects; habitat; general habits; voice; food and feeding; breeding; movements; relationship with man; status and conservation; and a general bibliography.

The species account lists names in French, German and Spanish, in addition to scientific and English names. Each species features: its own distribution map indicating resident, breeding and non-breeding ranges; its official status, according to BirdLife International; and the threats facing each species.

ISBN 9788487334108
Format Hardback
Language English
Author Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal
Page Count 696
Published 1992
Illustrations Colour Photographs, Colour Plates, Maps

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