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Wake-robin: a collection of essays about the birds.Artist/Author: Burroughs, John.
At the turn of the 20th century, John Burroughs ranked among America’s most popular authors. The distinguished naturalist possessed a special gift for sharing his close observations in an engaging style that combines scientific accuracy with a grand poetic expression. This 1871 collection of essays, his first on nature, focuses on one of his favourite topics, birds, particularly those of the Adirondack and Washington, D.C. regions.
Remarkable BirdsArtist/Author: Avery, Mark
In this beautifully presented volume, over 60 birds are introduced, organized thematically into eight sections, covering all aspects of our relationship with birds. ‘Songbirds’ celebrates the greatest bird virtuosi, such as the Nightingale, while ‘Birds of Prey’ include majestic hunters such as the Harpy Eagle, which catches prey as large as monkeys and sloths. ‘Feathered Travellers’ describes astounding journeys made by birds – even some tiny Hummingbirds migrate huge distances. ‘The Love Life of Birds’ can rival any soap opera and involves the most brilliant displays, notably the Birds of Paradise, with their extravagant feathers and dances. ‘Avian Cities’ explores species such as the Flamingo that live in spectacular large colonies. ‘Useful to Us’ examines the ways we find birds of value, such as the Turkey, but also the Canary. ‘Threatened and Extinct’ describes some no longer living and others that are currently on the brink. Birds have also had great mystical significance, both for good and evil, and ‘Revered and Adored’ considers such species as the Sacred Ibis, believed by the ancient Egyptians to represent the god Thoth.
For anyone interested in the natural world and the wonderful variety of birds around us, this beautifully illustrated book is a visual treat that will inspire, inform and delight.
The Eponym Dictionary of BirdsArtist/Author: Beolens, Bo, Michael Watkins and Michael Grayson.
Birdwatchers often come across bird names that include a person’s name, either in the vernacular (English) name or latinised in the scientific nomenclature. Such names are properly called eponyms, and few people will not have been curious as to who some of these people were (or are). Names such as Darwin, Wallace, Audubon, and Gould are well known to most people. Keener birders will have yearned to see Pallas’s Warbler, Hume’s Owl, Brunnich’s Guillemot or Stephanie’s Astrapia. But few people today will have even heard of Albertina’s Myna, Barraband’s Parrot, Guerin’s Helmetcrest or Savigny’s Eagle Owl. This extraordinary new work lists more than 4,000 eponymous names covering 10,000 genera, species and subspecies of birds. Every taxon with an eponymous vernacular or scientific name (whether in current usage or not) is listed, followed by a concise biography of the person concerned. These entries vary in length from a few lines to several paragraphs, depending on the availability of information or the importance of the individual’s legacy.
The text is punctuated with intriguing or little-known facts, unearthed in the course of the authors’ extensive research. Ornithologists will find this an invaluable reference, especially to sort out birds named after people with identical surnames or in situations where only a person’s forenames are used. But all birders will find much of interest in this fascinating volume, a book to dip into time and time again whenever their curiosity is aroused.
Handbook of the Birds of the World [HBW], Special Volume: New Species and Global IndexArtist/Author: del Hoyo, Josep, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal and David A. Christie, editors.
Lynx’s commitment with the Handbook of the Birds of the World Series has been to cover in detail and illustrate every species of bird in the world. This task has taken from 1992, with the publication of Volume 1, to 2011 with the publication of Volume 16, covering the last families of birds. However, a number of species genuinely new to science have been described since the publication of their respective volumes, and therefore are not featured in the 16 volumes of HBW. The Special Volume covers and illustrates all of these species, some 68, with texts, plates and distribution maps in the classic HBW format.
Also, in response to the many requests from subscribers over the years, the Special Volume will include a comprehensive, global index to the collection, a useful tool which will enable users swiftly to find the species they are searching for in the more than 12,500 pages of the 16 volumes.
An unexpected addition to this volume is a section including the original scientific descriptions of some 12–17 species (final number pending peer-review process), all totally new to science. These descriptions are the combined work of a number of renowned Amazonian ornithologists, and highlight the massive importance of the world’s largest area of tropical forest.
The inclusion of all these scientific descriptions in the Special Volume is of some additional significance because to find so many species described simultaneously, in the same paper, one has to go back well over a century. From the initial projected list for the volume of 53 species, this volume presents an overall total of 80–85 new species, including those described directly in the volume.
Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird NamesArtist/Author: Jobling, James A.
Many scientific bird names describe a bird’s habits, habitat, distribution or a plumage feature, while others are named after their discoverers or in honour of prominent ornithologists. This extraordinary work of reference lists the generic and specific name for almost every species of bird in the world and gives its meaning and derivation. In the case of eponyms brief biographical details are provided for each of the personalities commemorated in the scientific names. This fascinating book is an outstanding source of information which will both educate and inform, and may even help to understand birds better.
The ornithologist’s dictionary or ornithological and related technical terms for layman and expert.Artist/Author: Erritzoe, Johannes et al.
An invaluable reference resource written in succinct language and with a user-friendly layout, this dictionary is ideal for both amateur and professional ornithologists.
The more than 5,000 definitions of words and terms of interest to ornithologists are brief and to the point, at the same time as being comprehensive and clear. A practical, portable and easily manageable volume that every ornithologist will want always to keep close to hand.