Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide
"I hope that this beautifully produced encyclopedia will not only serve as a celebration of birds but also strongly encourage greater efforts to conserve them before it is too late.”
– Dr. Michael Rands, Chief Executive, BirdLife International, from the foreword to Bird
From hummingbirds that weigh less than a coin, to strange flightless parrots, monkey-eating eagles, and dazzling rainforest birds with poisonous feathers, Bird : The Definitive Visual Guide is a sumptuous celebration of the amazingly varied class of birds. Unrivalled in scope for a single-volume reference work, Bird is a must-have compendium for bird aficionados and avian neophytes alike.
With a comprehensive catalogue that describes and illustrates over 1,400 species of bird with introductions to every bird order, special double-page features that showcase the most spectacular birds, a gazetteer of the world’s best bird-watching sites, and an audio CD of bird songs and calls, Bird is rich and sumptuous encyclopedia.
Whether you’re an amateur naturalists, backyard birdwatcher, or avian aficionado, Bird is an authoritative, comprehensive, and visually stunning guide that will provide hours of enlightenment.
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This book has been produced in collaboration with Audubon (www.audubon.org), whose mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. Through its education, science, and public policy initiatives, Audubon engages people throughout the US and Latin America in conservation. Working with a network of state offices, chapters, and volunteers, Audubon works to protect and restore our natural heritage.
About the contributors
The introduction and habitat sections have been written by David Burnie. Mr. Burnie studied zoology at the University of Bristol. After graduating, he worked as a nature reserve ranger and biologist, and in 1979 began a career writing and editing books on natural sciences. He has written, or contributed to, over 75 books and multimedia titles. He was the Editor-in-Chief of DK’s Animal and a contributor to Earth and Ocean. He has also acted as a consultant and scriptwriter for a number of natural history television programs, such as Survival School (BBC Wildvision) and Wild Islands (Performance Films).
The text and maps for the species entries in this book have been provided by BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organizations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats, and global biodiversity. BirdLife partners operate in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide. The organization has more than 4,000 staff and over 2,500,000 members worldwide. Together, the BirdLife Partnership forms the leading authority on the status of birds, their habitats, and the issues and problems affecting them. Its aims include preventing the extinction of any bird species, maintaining and where possible improving the conservation status of all bird species, and enlarging sites and habitats important for birds.