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Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Comprehensive Field Guide: Including West Indian Endemics Residing in CubaArtist/Author: Navarro, Nils Pacheco (Author), Loyda Sánchez (Translated by), James W Wiley (Preface By)
Practical information about 48 species of birds: 26 endemic to Cuba and another 22 endemic to the West Indies and which include the Cuban Archipelago in their distribution. A book designed according to the practical needs of those who do field biology as well as for birdwatchers who simply find pleasure in the careful observation of nature. Accounts include current information on identification, food, behavior, habitats, nesting, distribution, maps, threat of extinction status, and the current Cuban regulations concerning the environment and the protection of the flora and fauna. The design provides space for the user to add personal field notes. With up-to-date information and illustrations that present the birds in various typical postures as well as in silhouettes for identification in conditions of poor visibility. Included are maps of how and where to travel in Cuba, important sites for bird observation, identification of habitats, and criteria for management of endangered species. Original full color illustrations and photos by the author.
Additional material includes an overview of the general geographical characteristics of the Cuban archipelago, including basic information on its biodiversity and bird population. Frequently Asked Questions addresses concerns about birding in Cuba. A section of color photos of the Cuban habitats, and another with birds in their habitats, Conservation Status of Threatened Birds in Cuba, Maps, index of localities and index of species, space for notes, and a Checklist of Cuban and other West Indian endemic birds residing in the Cuban Archipelago.
Flight Lines: Across the Globe on a Journey with the Astonishing Ultramarathon BirdsArtist/Author: Darby, Andrew
As the sun lowered and turned Gulf St Vincent fiery, they each called a high-pitched ‘peeooowiii!’, flashed their black wing-pits, spread their tail skirts and took flight.
Andrew Darby follows the odysseys of two Grey Plovers, little-known migratory shorebirds, as they take previously uncharted ultra-marathon flights from the southern coast of Australia to Arctic breeding grounds. On these extraordinary flights they chance predators, typhoon weather and exhaustion before they can breed, and maybe return to familiar southern feeding grounds. But the greatest threat to these, and other long-distance migrants on the flyway, is China’s dragon economy, engulfing their vital Yellow Sea staging spots.
The author meets the dedicated people working to save these intrepid birds, from Russia to Alaska, and the rim of the Arctic Sea to the coasts of the Southern Ocean. Out of their hard-won science he finds hope for the birds – a bright light for our times.
A Short Philosophy of BirdsArtist/Author: Dubois, Philippe J, Elise Rousseau
The greatest wisdom comes from the smallest creatures
There is so much we can learn from birds. Through twenty-two little lessons of wisdom inspired by how birds live, this charming French book will help you spread your wings and soar.
We often need the help from those smaller than us. Having spent a lifetime watching birds, Philippe and Élise – a French ornithologist and a philosopher – draw out the secret lessons that birds can teach us about how to live, and the wisdom of the natural world. Along the way you’ll discover why the robin is braver than the eagle, what the Arctic tern can teach us about the joy of travel, and whether the head or the heart is the best route to love (as shown by the mallard and the penguin). By the end you will feel more in touch with the rhythms of nature and have a fresh perspective on how to live the fullest life you can.
Birds of Cyprus (Helm Field Guide)Artist/Author: Richardson. Colin (Author), Richard Porter (Author), John Gale (Illustrator), Mike Langman (Illustrator), Brian E Small (Illustrator)
Cyprus is a great place for birding, and one of the most popular places for birders to visit in Europe. It holds populations of a number of regional scarcities that are very hard to see elsewhere, plus a number of endemic subspecies, and the two jewels in the crown – two full endemics, Cyprus Wheatear and Cyprus Warbler, the latter of which graces the jacket of this new Helm field guide to the island.
Detailed plates are allied to concise identification text, with accurate maps stemming from Colin Richardson’s decades-long programme of population-mapping on the island. Together, these elements make this the definitive guide to Cyprus’s birds, one that no visitor to this beautiful island can be without.
Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds (Helm Identification Guide)Artist/Author: Gregory, Phil (Author), Richard Allen (Illustrator)
For any naturalist, the name ‘New Guinea’ conjures up one group of animals above all others – the sensational birds of paradise, renowned for their dazzling and diverse plumages. Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds, the first comprehensive monograph to the group this century, also includes the bower birds, a group that extends into Australia that is perhaps best known for the males’ construction of ‘bowers’, structures of twigs and sticks used to tempt in females.
This Helm Identification Guide covers the taxonomy, biology and conservation of these birds in great detail, including a series of plates packed with beautiful illustrations from Richard Allen, and hundreds of photographs covering the full range of racial and age-related plumage variety.
The product of almost two decades of research and scholarship and a must-have book for anyone interested in these stunning birds, this will remain the standard reference on birds of paradise for many years to come.
Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore (Pocket Photo Guide)Artist/Author: Davison, G.W.H. (Author), Chew Yen Fook (Illustrator)
This compact and easy-to-use bird identification guide covers more than 250 species, and each bird description is supported by at least one clear colour photograph. The forests and coastline of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore are home to a fantastic and vast array of birds, and offer many outstanding and easily accessible birdwatching locations, many of which are highlighted in the book’s introduction. With easy-to-use thumbnail silhouettes, a regional map showing the best birding localities, up-to-date tips on birdwatching and information on bird biology and behaviour, this guide an invaluable for anyone birdwatching in the region.
Birds of Peru (Pocket Photo Guide)Artist/Author: Byers, Clive
A country of huge scenic diversity, Peru is a birdwatcher’s paradise and a popular tourist destination. It is home to about 1,800 different types of birds from the mighty Andean Condor to a dazzling variety of jewel-like hummingbirds. Many birds can be seen in the capital city of Lima, with Vermilion Flycatchers in the parks and gardens, Canary-winged Parakeets in the streets and Inca Terns and Peruvian Pelicans along the shoreline. Deep in the forests of the Amazon basin are birds of great variety and beauty: antpittas, trogons, manakins, motmots and cocks-of-the-rock. This concise and easy-to-use guide features 252 of Peru’s most interesting and spectacular birds, with each illustrated in full colour and with key information on identification, habitat and distribution.
Illustrated with clear colour photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of birds and animals from each region that the traveller is most likely to see, as well as those that are genuinely endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Peru to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal rucksack and suitcase space
Birds of the West Indies (Pocket Photo Guide)Artist/Author: Flieg, G. Michael, (Author), Allan Sander (Illustrator)
This is a compact, easy-to-use bird identification guide for any birdwatcher visiting Jamaica and the islands of the West Indies. It provides comprehensive coverage of 252 species of birds that inhabit the islands of the West Indies, with detailed descriptions and a colour photograph for each species. Includes thumbnail family silhouettes, a regional distribution map, up-to-date tips on the best birding localities, and an index of local bird names.
Birds of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos (Pocket Photo Guide)Artist/Author: Davidson, Peter
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are becoming increasingly popular with all kinds of visitors, not least birdwatchers who can visit many national parks and reserves harbouring a bounty of amazing species. The three countries are home to about 1,000 species of birds including such rarities as Bengal Florican, Giant Ibis, Green Peafowl and Vietnamese Cutia. This concise and easy-to-use guide features 252 of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia’s most interesting and spectacular birds, each illustrated in full colour with key information on ID, habitat and distribution.
Illustrated with clear colour photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of birds and animals from each region that the traveller is most likely to see, as well as those that are genuinely endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal rucksack and suitcase space.
Birds: A Wild Australia GuideArtist/Author: Adcock, Lynne
This great southern continent has been separated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. In that time, its flora and fauna have evolved uniquely. Many of Australia’s bird species are found nowhere else on the planet, while others are regular visitors from beyond its shores. Showcasing many of these beautiful residents and visitors alike, this practical field guide introduces you to the diversity of colours, forms and behaviours that constitute Australia’s profilic bird life. Perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to put a name to, or simply know a little more about these feathered creatures, this Wild Australia Guide is packed with high-quality photographs and concise information.
The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast AsiaArtist/Author: Ding Li, Yong, Low Bing Wen, (Editors)
An expanded and fully updated edition of the successful The 100 Best Birdwatching Sites in Southeast Asia. This lavishly illustrated guide describes the 125 best sites for viewing both common and rare species in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. Alongside a map of the area, detailed descriptions of each site cover the type of terrain and specific spots at which certain species are likely to be encountered. Other sections cover access and possible accommodation, as well as important indicators to conservation issues. A fact file for each site lists the nearest town; the type of habitat; key lowland, montane and winter species to be seen as well as other wildlife specialities, and the best time to visit. The book is edited by Yong Ding Li and Low Bing Wen who have brought together a team of contributors, each with in-depth experience of the sites presented.
Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and WallaceaArtist/Author: Eaton, James A, Bas van Balen, Nick W Brickle, Frank E Rheindt
The first ornithological field guide covering the vast chain of the Indonesian archipelago, with over 2,500 illustrations, describes all 1,417 bird species known to occur in the region, including 601 endemics, 98 vagrants, eight introduced species and 18 species yet to be formally described. Together these represent over 13% of global bird diversity. In addition, all subspecies from the region are described.
Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago fully encompasses the biogeographic regions of the Greater Sundas (Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali) and Wallacea (Sulawesi, the Moluccas and the Lesser Sundas), plus all satellite islands. This region spans an arc of over 4,000 km along the Equator, including Brunei, East Timor, the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak and most of the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.
The authors’ vast experience and knowledge of the region’s birds brings together the latest taxonomic insights, knowledge of distribution, field identification features, vocalisations and more to create an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in the avifauna of this fabulously diverse region.