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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 world of birds.Artist/Author: Elphick, Jonathan.
A beautifully illustrated guide to every aspect of bird life and a complete survey of the worlds orders and families of birds. Highly respected ornithologist and wildlife expert, Jonathan Elphick, begins by defining the distinguishing features of birds before going on to describe their evolution since the age of the dinosaurs. With the aid of fact boxes and clear photographs, he then explores in greater detail each of the significant elements of bird life: bird biology including anatomy, walking and swimming, plumage, calls and songs; flight techniques and styles; food and feeding; bird lifestyles and social relationships; breeding, growth and development; bird geography and habitats; and the mysteries of migration. He also considers human attitudes towards birds through the ages.
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.
Extraordinary birds: essays and plates of rare book selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library.Artist/Author: Sweet, Paul.
Following the success of “Natural Histories,” this is the next compendium in this well-received series that marries art and thought-provoking science. American Museum of Natural History ornithologist Paul Sweet takes readers on a migratory journey across the globe, introducing them to unique and exquisite birds, as well as to groundbreaking avian studies from the past 500 years. Featuring 40 frameable prints and an equal number of fascinating, in-depth essays, this stunning collection gives bird lovers a precious look at illustrated ornithological monographs from the museum’s rare book collections.
Handbook of the birds of the world [HBW], special volume: new species and global index.Artist/Author: del Hoyo, Josep, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal and David A. Christie, editors.
The Handbook of the Birds of the World Series started in 1992 with volume 1, ending in 2011 with the publication of volume 16. Since then, a number of species genuinely new to Science have been described, and therefore are not featured in the 16 volumes of HBW. This Special Volume covers and illustrates these new species, more than 60 in total with texts, plates and distribution maps in typical HBW format.
The volume also includes a global index to the collection, an indispensable and useful tool which will enable users to quickly find the specific species they are looking for in the more than 12,500 pages of the 16 volumes. Other volumes in the series are available.
Nature guide birds of the world.Artist/Author: Burnie, David.
Part of a new generation of compact natural history guides, “Birds of the World” is packed full of stunning images that reveal intricate details and unique characteristics of the species featured. Expertly written and including examples from across the globe, these guides will give you knowledge of the natural world at your fingertips. With a detailed introduction all about bird classification, anatomy, migration, habitats and flight, “Nature Guide Birds of the World” is the ideal bird identification guide.
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.