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Birds of the Photo ArkArtist/Author: Strycker, Noah (Author), Joel Sartore (Photographer,
For avian enthusiasts, from armchair observers to dedicated life-listers, this brilliant book from acclaimed National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore celebrates the beauty of all birds, great and small. This elegantly packaged celebration of birds from around the world unites incredible animal portraits from Joel Sartore’s distinguished National Geographic Photo Ark project with inspiring text by up-and-coming birder Noah Strycker. It includes hundreds of species, from tiny finches to charismatic eagles; brilliant toucans, intricate birds of paradise, and perennial favourites such as parrots, hummingbirds, and owls also make colourful appearances.
Urban Ornithology: 150 Years of Birds in New York CityArtist/Author: Buckley, P.A., Walter Sedwitz, William J. Norse and John Kieran
Urban Ornithology is the first quantitative historical analysis of any New York City natural area’s birdlife – Van Cortlandt Park and the adjacent Northwest Bronx – and spans the century and a half from 1872 to 2016. Only Manhattan’s Central and Brooklyn’s Prospect Parks have preliminary species lists, not revised since 1967, and the last book examining the birdlife of the entire New York City area is now more than fifty years old. The present book also updates the avifaunas of those two parks, the Bronx, and other New York City boroughs.
Urban Ornithology treats the 301 bird species known to have occurred within its study area, plus fifty potential additions. Its 123 breeding species are tracked from 1872, only twenty years after Audubon’s death in Manhattan, supplemented by quantitative breeding bird censuses from 1937 to 2015. Gains and losses of breeding species are discussed in light of an expanding New York City inexorably extinguishing unique habitats. The many tradeoffs inherent in managing an urban park area for mass recreation while conserving its natural resources are examined throughout.
Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North AmericaArtist/Author: Dunne, Pete, Kevin T Karlson
A visually stunning, comprehensive resource on North America’s birds of prey.
Always a popular group of birds, raptors symbolize freedom and fierceness, and in Pete Dunne’s definitive guide, these traits are portrayed in hundreds of stunning color photographs showing raptors up close, in flight, and in action fighting, hunting, and nesting. These gorgeous photographs enhance the comprehensive, authoritative text, which goes far beyond identification to cover raptor ecology, behavior, conservation, and much more. In returning to his forte and his first love, Pete Dunne has crafted a benchmark book on raptors: the first place to turn for any question about these highly popular birds, whether it’s what they eat, where they live, or how they behave. Pete Dunne forged a bond with nature as a child and has been studying hawks for more than forty years. He has written fifteen books and countless magazine and newspaper columns. He was the founding director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and now serves as New Jersey Audubon’s Birding Ambassador. He lives in Mauricetown, New Jersey. Kevin Karlson is an accomplished birder, tour leader, and wildlife photographer.
Field Guide to Birds of North QueenslandArtist/Author: Gregory Phil; Matsui Jun
Birdwatchers travel to North Queensland from all over the world in search of specialities such as Southern Cassowary, Eclectus Parrot, Golden Bowerbird, Magnificent Riflebird and Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher. This comprehensive field guide to the birds of the region covers more than 400 species found in the rainforests and other key habitats which are at the epicentre of Australia’s avian biodiversity. Each species is illustrated with usually three or four of Jun Matsui’s stunning photographs, showing different plumages according to age, sex or season. Phil Gregory’s text – approximately 150 words per species – describes key identification features, habitat, distribution, voice and status. The book is aimed at Queensland birdwatchers and also at the many visitors to the region. It includes all the latest taxonomy, such as recently ‘split’ species never previously described or illustrated in a field guide, which will appeal in particular to keen birders. In short it is the best and only guide of its kind on the market.
Birds of Japan and North-east Asia: A Photographic GuideArtist/Author: Shimba, Tadao
Eastern Asia is blessed with a rich and spectacular avifauna, and all 520 regularly occurring species are featured in this spectacular and lavish new photographic guide to the region, covering Japan, northern China, North and South Korea and the Russian Far East.
The concise text focuses on key identification criteria, and is accompanied by an accurate distribution map for every species. The accompanying photographs, contributed by a range of Japan’s top bird photographers, form a stunning series that will allow both field identification and rich enjoyment at home afterwards. This beautiful book is a must-have for anyone interested in the birds of Asia.
The Status of Birds in Britain and IrelandArtist/Author: Parkin, David, Alan Knox
The Status of Birds in Britain and Ireland was written to update the British Ornithologists’ Union’s last full Checklist published under the same title as far back as 1971. Since then there have been remarkable changes in both distribution and abundance of the region’s birds. Some species have become extinct as breeding birds, whereas others have colonised and even become quite common; many of our most familiar birds have suffered critical declines with changes in land use and climate. Dozens of new species have occurred as vagrants, and many previous vagrants now occur much more frequently.
Furthermore, there has been a major revolution in bird taxonomy. The Status of Birds in Britain and Ireland summarises all these changes and gives an up-to-date account of the status of the birds in Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The book has been written by two former Chairmen of the British Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee, and long-serving members of the BOU Taxonomic Sub-Committee. It was compiled with the close cooperation of former colleagues in the BOU Records Committee and TSC, as well as key figures in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, to ensure it reflects the ‘official’ position in all the countries covered.
The Status only includes records accepted by the committees responsible for each of the countries, follows the new taxonomy of the BOU, and uses English names approved by the International Ornithological Congress’s working group on English names, as also adopted by the BOU. As such, The Status of Birds in Britain and Ireland is the only key text reflecting the ‘official’ status of birds throughout Britain and Ireland, as followed by bodies such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the British Trust for Ornithology, the Joint Nature Conservation Council, BirdWatch Ireland, the BOU itself, and many others.
Your Backyard Birds: Understanding the Behaviours, Habits and Needs of our Brilliant BirdsArtist/Author: Cleary, Dr Gráinne
The remarkable relationships between our often cheeky birds and humans in Australian backyards all over the country are revealed with humour and charm. An ideal gift for any bird lover. A beautiful, inspiring and heartwarming book about our human relationships with the birds who share our backyards.
‘Do you ever wonder what birds are talking about as they fly by you? The sounds and songs of birds constantly surround us as we go about our lives. But what are they talking about? Or are they even talking or just mindlessly squawking and chirping? Why are so many urban birds so loud? Is there a message in what the birds are telling each other?’
Observing and interacting with all the different birds who visit Australian backyards leads naturally to questions about their behaviours, habits and needs. Why are they visiting? What do they want from us?
For a bird, life in Australia means having mates: others who you can trust and work with to locate food and water, which can disappear as suddenly as it appears. As the humans who plant the gardens they live in and visit, what can we learn from Australia’s often-cheeky birds?
With a foreword by science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams AM, and chapters dedicated to discovering extraordinary information about Australia’s innovative birds, Your Backyard Birds is a delightful and compelling read. With real stories from bird-loving citizen scientists, this fascinating book features new insights about the lives of our avian friends.
Your Backyard Birds, written by a wildlife ecologist who is passionate about the vital role of citizen scientists, provides a fresh and lively perspective on human interaction with birds.
Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their BehaviorArtist/Author: Lederer, Roger
When we see a bird flying from branch to branch happily chirping, it is easy to imagine they lead a simple life of freedom, flight, and feathers. What we don’t see is the arduous, life-threatening challenges they face at every moment.
In Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs ornithologist Roger Lederer guides the reader through the myriad, and often almost miraculous, things that birds do every day to merely stay alive. Like the goldfinch, who manages extreme weather changes by doubling the density of their plumage in winter. Or urban birds who navigate traffic through a keen understanding of posted speed limits. In engaging and accessible prose, Lederer shares how and why birds use their sensory abilities to see ultraviolet, find food without seeing it, fly thousands of miles without stopping, change their songs in noisy cities, navigate by smell, and much more.
Roger Lederer has studied bird behavior for more than thirty years. In Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs he shares this knowledge in an entertaining and eye-opening way that will be widely embraced by birders and nature lovers.
Birds of Paradise: paradisaeidaeArtist/Author: Frith, Clifford B (Author), Bruce M Beehler(Author), William T Cooper(Illustrator), Sir David Attenborough(Foreword)
This is the first comprehensive, up-to-date monograph on the behaviour, biology, ecology, biogeography and natural history of the most ornate and dramatic group of birds on earth. Following the other volumes in the series the illustrations are first-rate. The 15 colour plates, by the artist William Cooper, depict all 42 species, while the line drawings illustrate many behavioural traits never before recorded.
Ornithology: Foundation, Analysis, and ApplicationArtist/Author: Morrison, Michael L, Amanda D Rodewald, Gary Voelker, Melanie R Colón, Jonathan F Prather (Editors)
Aves, the birds, is the wildlife group that people most frequently encounter. With over 10,000 species worldwide, these animals are part of our everyday experience. They are also the focus of intense research, and their management and conservation is a subject of considerable effort throughout the world. But what are the defining attributes that make a bird a bird?
Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, Ornithology provides a solid modern foundation for understanding the life and development of birds. Written by renowned experts from around the globe, this comprehensive textbook draws on the latest research to create an innovative learning experience. Moving beyond bones, muscle, and feathers, it provides the core information needed to “build” the bird, linking anatomy and physiology with ecology and behaviour.
As it reviews the major orders of birds, Ornithology: Foundation, Analysis, and Application highlights their wide diversity and critically evaluates ornithological concepts and theories. Incorporating brief biographies of leaders in the field, the text describes their contributions in the context of key historical events in bird science. Each chapter ends with a summary of the material covered, a discussion of potential management and conservation applications, and suggested study questions that will stimulate thought and discussion.
Australian Birds of Prey in Flight: A Photographic GuideArtist/Author: Seaton, Richard, Mat Gilfedder, Stephen Debus
Identify the eagles, hawks, kites and falcons flying high above you with this photographic guide.
Birds of prey spend most of their time in flight and, when viewed from the ground, they are notoriously hard to identify. Australian Birds of Prey in Flight is a photographic guide to the eagles, hawks, kites and falcons flying high above you. Individual species profiles describe distinguishing features and the text is supported by detailed images showing the birds at six different angles and poses, using photographs from many of Australia’s leading bird photographers. Annotated multi-species comparison plates highlight key features that can help differentiate birds of prey in flight.
This book will be of value to anyone who wants to learn more about Australia’s birds of prey, and will provide a useful reference for identifying soaring birds in the field, and also while trying to identify images from your own camera.
The Complete Guide to Australian BirdsArtist/Author: Adams, George