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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 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.
Finches of AustraliaArtist/Author: Roberts, Col
Col Roberts is regarded as one of the world’s leading landscape, fishing and bird photographers. He has limited the amount of text in this beautiful coffee table book, preferring to write his own field observations. This is the most comprehensive collection of Australian finch photos ever recorded. Col has captured interesting behavioural images which take many forms including birds in flight, courting, mating, nesting and feeding. With more than 400 photographs it covers every species and sub-species.
The task of travelling around Australia seeking out the various species has at times been arduous and often involved sitting in a hide in stifling and oppressive conditions to capture never-before-seen images of finches and their behaviour. It is estimated that this involved over 2500 hours of field study. The result is a testament to his skill and love of bird photography.
Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds: PasserinesArtist/Author: Shirihai, Hadoram, Lars Svensson
This unique and spectacular handbook is the most complete and comprehensive photographic guide to the passerines of the Western Palearctic. Written by two of the world’s most respected ornithologists, Hadoram Shirihai and Lars Svensson, it contains the most up-to-date information available on bird identification covering all aspects of plumage, moult, ageing and sexing, with sections on voice and other identification criteria, and detailed taxonomic notes.
The passerines are divided into two volumes, with the first covering larks, hirundines, pipits and wagtails, bulbuls, accentors, robins, chats, wheatears, thrushes, prinias and cisticolas, and warblers, and the second covering flycatchers, reedlings, tits, nuthatches, orioles and sunbirds, shrikes, corvids, finches and buntings, along with extreme vagrants.
The exceptional text is backed up by a remarkable collection of more than 5,000 photographs, featuring a comprehensive range of plumages that illustrate every race and morph of each species in the region. This stunning handbook will be the definitive reference for the region for years to come – no birder’s shelf will be complete without it.
Please note that, in contrast what has been announced earlier, this set will not be available as individual volumes, only as a 2-volume set.
Grasswrens: Australian Outback IdentitiesArtist/Author: Black, Andrew and Peter Gower.
Provides a natural history of grasswrens in Australia followed by details of each species.
Finch Trapping in the Kimberley: A History of Commercial Finch Trapping in the Kimberley Division of Western AustraliaArtist/Author: Coate, Kevin and Lance Merritt.
This book provides a rare insight into the far north of Western Australia, the capture of over one million wild finches, their marketing and their distribution around the world. It is the first complete analysis of lawful, and sometimes questionable, trapping and trading of Australian wild birds, and the operations of authorities who allowed the industry to linger in Western Australia between 1897 and 1986.
The work redresses the void of published information relating to the capture of wild finch species found in the Kimberley District of Western Australia, the trappers themselves and their methods, those trading in finches and some statistical data. The Red-eared Firetail, an Estrildid finch endemic to the South West of Western Australia, is also included in this work. The book reflects the pioneering spirit of early settlers, explorers, scientific specimen collectors, and adventure seekers who visited or resided in the remote north of Australia. All were bushmen with exciting tales of hardship and observations that enthralled urban dwellers.
Initial trapping supplied European markets, which gave way to domestic markets after the Second World War. In Australia finch trapping and commercial avicultural trading peaked in the late-1950s, remained strong until the late-1990s and then waned. It has detailed coverage of the birds affected, individual stories of over 150 men and women touched by the trapping industry, the role of Aboriginals and historical aspects of Kimberley life, with over 1,600 source references for researchers.
Robins and Chats.Artist/Author: Clement, Peter and Chris Rose.
This authoritative handbook, part of the Helm Identification Guides series, covers in detail the world’s 175 species of robins and chats. Formerly considered to be part of the thrush family (Turdidae), this large group is now usually treated as separate family, Muscicapidae, together with the Old World flycatchers. The vast majority of species are Eurasian or African, with only a handful of species straying into the New World or Australasia. The Australian Robins, although superficially similar, have long been regarded as a separate family and are therefore not included in this monograph. Robins and chats are a diverse family comprising both highly colourful and visible species, such as the robin-chats of Africa, as well as some of the most skulking and elusive birds, such as the shortwings of Asia. Many chats, such as the well-known Nightingale, are renowned songsters, and a good number are highly sought-after by world listers for their extreme rarity or simply because they are hard to see.
This book discusses the identification and habits of these birds on a species-by-species basis, bringing together the very latest research with accurate range maps, more than 600 stunning colour photographs that illustrate age and racial plumage differences, and 64 superb colour plates by the internationally renowned artist, Chris Rose. This authoritative and sumptuous book will be an essential purchase for all chat enthusiasts, and will become the standard reference on the subject for many years to come.
Dog Days, Raven NightsArtist/Author: Marzluff, John M. and Colleen Marzluff.
Twenty years ago, fresh out of graduate school and recently married, John and Colleen Marzluff left Arizona for a small cabin in the mountains of western Maine. Their mission: to conduct the first-ever extensive study of the winter ecology of the Common raven under the tutelage of biologist Bernd Heinrich. Drawing on field notes and personal diaries, they vividly and eloquently chronicle their three-year endeavour to research a mysterious and often misunderstood bird – assembling a gigantic aviary, climbing sentry trees, building bird blinds in the forest, capturing and sustaining 300 ravens as study subjects, and enduring harsh Maine winters in pursuit of their goal. They also share the unique challenges and joys of raising, training, and racing the sled dogs that assisted them in their work. Accompanied by Evon Zerbetz’s lovely linocut illustrations, this is a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the adventures of field science and an insightful exploration of the nature of relationships, both animal and human.
The Warbler GuideArtist/Author: Stephenson, Tom and Scott Whittle.
Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The Warbler Guide enables you to quickly identify any of the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada. This groundbreaking guide features more than 1,000 stunning color photos, extensive species accounts with multiple viewing angles, and an entirely new system of vocalization analysis that helps you effectively learn songs and calls. The Warbler Guide revolutionizes birdwatching, making warbler identification easier than ever before. Also look for the interactive companion apps for iPhone and iPad. Covers all 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada Visual quick finders help you identify warblers from any angle Song and call finders make identification easy using a few simple questions Uses sonograms to teach a new system of song identification that makes it easier to understand and hear differences between similar species Detailed species accounts show multiple views with diagnostic points, direct comparisons of plumage and vocalizations with similar species, and complete aging and sexing descriptions New aids to identification include song mnemonics and icons for undertail pattern, color impression, habitat, and behavior Includes field exercises, flight shots, general identification strategies, and quizzes
Crow planet: essential wisdom from the urban wilderness.Artist/Author: Haupt, Lyanda Lynn.
With more crows now than ever before, this abundance is both an indicator of ecological imbalance and a generous opportunity to connect with the animal world. This book reminds us that we do not need to head to faraway places to encounter ‘nature’. Rather, even in the suburbs and cities where we live we are surrounded by wild life such as crows, and through observing them we can enhance our appreciation of the world’s natural order. This book richly weaves Haupt’s own ‘crow stories’ as well as scientific and scholarly research and the history and mythology of crows, culminating in a book that is sure to make readers see the world around them in a very different way.
Drawn From Paradise: The Discovery, Art and Natural History of the Birds Of ParadiseArtist/Author: Attenborough, Sir David and Errol Fuller.
This is Sir David Attenborough’s journey through the cultural history of the birds of paradise, one of the most exquisite and extravagant, colourful and intriguing families of birds. From the moment they were introduced to the European mind in the early sixteenth century, their unique beauty was
recognised and commemorated in the first name that they were given – birds so beautiful must be birds from paradise. In this unique exploration of a truly awe-inspiring family of birds which to this day is still shrouded in mystery, Sir David Attenborough and Errol Fuller trace the natural history of these enigmatic birds through their depiction in western works of art throughout the centuries, featuring beautiful illustrations by such luminary artists as William T. Cooper, Jacques Barraband, William Hart, John Gould, Rubens and Breughel, to name but a few. Experienced ornithologists and general nature and art enthusiasts alike will delight in this journey of discovery of the world’s most beautiful and mysterious birds.
Crows and Jays: A Guide to the Crows, Jays and Magpies of the WorldArtist/Author: Madge, Steve and Hilary Burn.
There are 120 species of crows, jays and their allies in the world today. Many are exceedingly beautiful in colour, grace and form, whereas others are black and somewhat sinister in appearance. In no other group of perching birds has evolution produced such a degree of variation, from the tiny Hume’s Ground-Jay of the steppe-highlands of Tibet to the huge Thick-billed Raven of the mountains of Ethiopia. The 30 superb colour plates by Hilary Burn in this book depict them all; each plate is accompanied by an informative caption page summarising the criteria required to identify the species, alongside colour world distribution maps. Some of these birds, bearing such evocative names as the Banggai Crow, Mesopotamian Crow and Flores Crow, have never been illustrated before. The authoritative text by Steve Madge treats each species in depth, summarising identification techniques and concisely reviewing all aspects of corvid behaviour, distribution, population and taxonomy. The author has had first-hand experience of most of the species during his travels throughout the world, travels in which he gradually became fascinated by this very special, but somewhat ignored, group of birds.