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Partridges: countryside barometer.Artist/Author: Potts, G. R.
New Naturalist 121. Globally, there are at least 45 species of game bird that have the word partridge in their name, but in this book G. R. Potts devotes himself to the Grey, Red-legged and Chukar Partridges, with particular emphasis on the Grey Partridge due to its well-known decline in Britain. In this groundbreaking addition to the New Naturalist series, Potts explores how mankind and partridges have evolved together, both ultimately dependent on grasslands rather than forests. For thousands of years, both ate grass seeds and this continued until cereals largely replaced them. Hundreds of species of plant and insect that partridges and other birds eat thrived on farms for thousands of years until the dawn of the pesticides era. Since then the long decline in partridge abundance has been a barometer for biodiversity over vast swathes of the Northern Hemisphere. Highlighting the positive example of the Norfolk Estate in the Sussex Study area, Potts investigates how both Grey and Red-legged Partridge numbers have been increased, flourishing in a highly productive and profitable system of farming and an oasis in what has often looked and sounded like a desert.
In a small corner of England farmland wildlife is able to thrive much as it did before pesticides were introduced. This is a complex and fascinating story, with a heady mix of hunting, farming, predation, parasites, disease and climate change. The way these factors have interacted tells us a lot about how lesser known species have fared and how they can be conserved for the future. Potts stresses the importance of these conservation efforts, as farmers respond to the needs of an extra three billion people worldwide, not just for food but for bio-fuels. Additionally, the pressures on farmland wildlife will further intensify in the coming years. Also available in paperback [stock id 34908].
Grouse of the world.Artist/Author: Potapov, Roald and Richard Sale.
Grouse are a source of fascination for people, not least for their spectacular displays and ability to survive the Arctic winter. The first comprehensive guide to the grouse family, this book explores grouse evolution and looks at each of the 19 species. Each species is covered in detail with information on distribution, habitat, plumage, subspecies, breeding, diet and conservation. Lavishly illustrated by colour plates and photographs and drawing on extensive research this book is essential reading for all bird enthusiasts.
Chicken.Artist/Author: Potts, Annie.
Reaktion Animal Series. In this book Annie Potts introduces us to the vivid and astonishing world of Gallus gallus. The book traces the evolution of jungle fowl and the domestication of chickens by humans. It describes the ways in which chickens experience the world, form families and friendships, communicate with each other, play, bond, and grieve. Chicken explores cultural practices like egg-rolling, the cockfight, alectromancy, wishbone-pulling and the chicken-swinging ritual of Kapparot; discovers depictions of chickenhood in ancient and modern art, literature and film; and also showcases bizarre supernatural chickens from around the world including the Basilisk, Kikimora and Pollio Maligno.
Chicken concludes with a detailed analysis of the place of chickens in the world today, and a tribute to those who educate and advocate on behalf of these birds. Numerous beautiful illustrations show the many faces (and feathers and combs and tails) of Gallus, from wild roosters in the jungles of Southeast Asia to quirky Naked-Necks and majestic Malays. There are chickens painted by Chagall and Magritte, chickens made of hair-rollers, and chickens shaped like mountains. The reader of Chicken will encounter a multitude of intriguing facts and ideas, including why the largest predator ever to walk the earth is considered the ancestor of the modern chicken, how mother hens communicate with their chicks while they’re still in the egg, why Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece required him to play a chicken, whether it’s safe to take eggs on a sea-voyage, and how ‘chicken therapy’ can rejuvenate us all. This book will fascinate those already familiar with and devoted to the Gallus species, and it will open up a whole new gallinaceous world for future admirers of the intelligent and passionate chicken.
Grouse: the natural history of British and Irish species.Artist/Author: Watson, Adam and Robert Moss.
New Naturalist 107. Covers four of the most emblematic species of the upland regions of Britain and Ireland. Collectively they have the most fascinating life histories of any bird group, individually they have their own stories to tell: the Ptarmigan is a resident of high mountain areas, the Black grouse is famous for its extraordinary mating displays, the Capercaillie is one of Britain’s largest birds and the Red grouse, whilst no-longer one of the few British endemics, is one of the most heavily researched species. All four face similar problems, including habitat loss, predators, pests, disease and food shortage. This is compounded by issues of managed animal populations and controversy surrounding the commercial worth of grouse. This volume is written by two of the world’s leading grouse specialists, offers a fascinating insight into the natural history and biology of these birds, including aspects of their behaviour, the historical relevance of their names, the reasons behind population fluctuations and international conservation efforts. Also available in paperback [stock id 28668].
Peacock.Artist/Author: Jackson, Christine E.
Reaktion Animal Series. Part of an unusual series that looks at the subject animal and its place in human history. The feathers of peacocks have been used in head-dresses, hats and helmets, to fletch arrows and to tie artificial flies for fishermen. This is the first book to bring together all the facets of the peacock including natural and social history, its role in religions and mythology in the east and west, and its place in the history of art and artefacts. Other titles in this animal series are available.
Curassows and related birds.Artist/Author: Delacour, Jean and Dean Amadon.
A new edition of the classic monograph published 30 years ago. It includes all the original drawings and plates as well as stunning new plates by A. E. Gilbert. Also included is a comprehensive update chapter by Josep del Hoyo and Anna Motis.
Pheasants, partridges and grouse: a guide to the pheasants, partridges, quails, grouse, guineafowl, buttonquails and sandgrouse of the world.Artist/Author: Madge, Steve and Phil McGowan.
This guide brings together, for the first time within a single volume, a comprehensive review of all the Phasianidae as well as the buttonquails (Turnicidae) and Plains Wanderer. There is a separate account for all 253 species that includes identification, description, geographical variation, habitat, voice, breeding, distribution and status. The 72 colour plates are very handsome and show male, female, juvenile and subspecific plumages. Each species has a colour distribution map. Another excellent edition to the Christopher Helm Bird identification Guides.
This guide brings together, for the first time within a single volume, a comprehensive review of all the world’s pheasants, partridges, quails, grouse, turkeys, guineafowl, buttonquails, sandgrouse, and the enigmatic Plains-wanderer – over 250 species in all.
The group includes some of the world’s most familiar and beautiful birds, such as Indian Peafowl and the stunning tragopans, as well as some of the rarest and most threatened. Some survive in fragments of over-exploited habitats, whilst others are now so familiar in domestication that it is difficult to imagine that they had any wild ancestors at all.
As with other volumes in the award-winning Helm Identification Guide series, this book concentrates on identification and distribution, but also highlights conservation issues where relevant. Each species is treated in detail, reflecting the extensive knowledge of both authors. The 72 colour plates, by leading bird illustrators, show male, female, juvenile and subspecies plumages, and form the finest set of illustrations of these birds to date. There is also a colour distribution map for each species.
Pheasants, Partridges & Grouse is a welcome addition to the Helm Identification Guide series and, more importantly, a landmark volume in the literature of this attractive and vulnerable group of birds.