The habitats of Great Britain, Europe and Africa boast some of the most interesting and adaptable members of the avian world. This accessible and fully illustrated guide presents some of the rare and familiar species of these lands. From the tiny malachite sunbird to the enormous ostrich; from the grace of a mute swan to the striking casque of an African crowned hornbill - each has the power to enthrall. An expert, accessible introduction explains how birds evolved, bird behaviour, practical tips on fieldcraft, and the different habitats in which birds can be found. A directory of over 560 species features intricate colour artworks, and details everything from variable plumage to bill shapes, distribution, size, food, eggs and nests. The birds are grouped by habitat and type - including oceanic, estuarine, freshwater, woodland, open country and urban species. With over 535 individual colour illustrations and photographs, this comprehensive visual encyclopedia is a classic reference for all bird enthusiasts. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds of Britain, Europe & Africa A fine visual guide to over 400 birds inhabiting these continents David Alderton CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM
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About the Author David Alderton has had a lifelong interest in birds, and has travelled widely, observing them on every continent in a wide range of different habitats. He has also been involved with birds in the conservation sphere. David is the author of The Exotic Pet Handbook, Looking After My Pet Goldfish and Birds of America (all Southwater). He is also a consultant to the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, based in Washington.
IllustrationOver 535 colour illustrations and photographs
Biblio NotesA comprehensive natural history directory of birds, containing over 535 individual colour illustrations and photographs, plus maps detailing distribution Includes diverse and colourful species, such as the racket-tailed roller, Siberian jay, African fish eagle and paradise flycatcher, plus kingfishers, parrots, hawks, warblers, vultures, touracos, eagles, guineafowl, swallows, sunbirds, woodpeckers and many more Offers practical tips on fieldcraft and birdwatching to help you identify and record the species you spot A natural history section examines the life cycle and behaviour of birds, and features beautiful colour depictions of various type of habitat
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