Songs of Love and War
The Dark Heart of Bird Behaviour
From a commentary on the dawn chorus in a Dorset village, with quotations from the poets as well as explanations of the behaviour compelling the birds to sing, to his final, powerful argument for conserving birds’ habitats, Dominic Couzens’s book illuminates the realities of life for songbirds. Here are the grim truths of sparrows killed by sparrowhawks, the aggression inspired by feeding tables and crows made homeless by tree-felling as well the marvels of the skylark’s song and starlings’ murmurations.
From the familiar Great Auk to obscure island finches, this exhaustive listing describes all bird species known to have disappeared in the last 700 years and now represented by museum specimens and credible accounts and illustration. Each entry includes details of status, range and location of specimens, followed by a description and history, with quotations from written accounts. There is also a listing of ‘hypothetical birds’, known by very few specimens and unverified accounts, and appendices dealing with doubtful and deficient taxa.
Cuckoos of the World
The ‘Cuculidae’ family is comprised of 144 species, whose members may be found almost anywhere in the world. This definitive reference work on the identification of cuckoos includes summaries of those species, accompanied by accurate paintings, detailing plumage variations and sub-species, from four world-renowned artists. The summaries cross-reference more detailed accounts of each type, featuring information on taxonomy, conservation, breeding habits and behaviour, and complemented by maps and quality colour photographs.
The Birds of London
London’s many parks and nature reserves make it one of the greenest cities in the world, and it is rich in bird life. Peregrines, kestrels and buzzards patrol its skies, while its reservoirs and wetlands provide a haven for waterfowl. This comprehensive work of reference charts the city’s varied habitats, and lists every species that has occurred within the London Natural History Society’s recording area 20 miles around St Paul’s Cathedral.
One of the largest birds to hunt by plunge-diving, the gannet feeds on mackerel and herring and nests in large colonies, often on steep-cliffed islands, along the North Atlantic coasts of Europe. This study, first published in 1978, explores the natural history of the gannet, its appearance, behaviour and distribution, and is illustrated with line drawings, photographs and charts. Additional chapters examine the closely related booby and consider historical and literary accounts of the gannet. Off-mint and no jacket.
Birds of the High Andes
The Andean region hosts a particularly rich diversity of animal and plant life and this comprehensive field guide identifies over 2,000 birds of 1,100 species (accounting for different taxonomic groups and plumages) found in the temperate and alpine zones of South America, from Venezuela and Colombia in the north to the southernmost tip of Chile. Descriptions are supplemented by line drawings and distribution maps and 64 plates provide colour illustrations of over 1,000 birds.
Cormorants, Darters and Pelicans of the World
Birds in the order Pelecaniformes share biological traits such as feeding predominantly on fish and incubating only a limited clutch of eggs (one or two) by the transmission of heat from the foot webs. This meticulous study, first published in 1993, provides a worldwide survey of the 32 species of cormorants and shags, two species of darters and seven species of pelicans, examining their biology, behaviour, plumage, distribution and ecology, and including colour photographs and anatomical drawings.
Riddle of the Feathered Dragons
Hidden Birds of China
Recent fossil discoveries in China have been widely hailed as clear evidence that birds had their origins in ‘feathered’ dinosaurs. But Feduccia urges us to be cautious of such hyperbolic claims, which led to ‘the ascendency of a consensus view that has quickly evolved into a dogma’. In this reassessment of the data he critically analyses existing interpretations and methodologies, as well as offering his own theories about the evolution of birds and avian flight.
The Peregrine Falcon
The first references to breeding Peregrine falcons in Britain date back to the 13th century, but they had long been identified as among the most spectacular of Britain's birds and, in the Middle Ages, were highly valued for falconry. This classic study, first published in 1980, considers the bird's nesting, feeding, breeding and migratory behaviour as well as examining its territory and distribution in England, Wales and Scotland, and threats posed by pollution and the use of pesticides.
A Complete Guide to the Archipelago's Birdlife
Illustrator Hermann Heinzel and photographer Barnaby Hall made their birdwatching expedition to the Galápagos Islands in the mid 1990s and this book, first published in 2000, is the record of their tour. Part one describes the range of habitats and wildlife on the islands; part two is a detailed field guide to the birds that they encountered, illustrated with hundreds of sketches, paintings and photographs; finally there is a checklist of all Galápagos bird species observed.
Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America
Covering the entire area to the east of the Rocky Mountains, this volume features more than 650 species, from pelicans to passerines, from the Arctic to the Everglades. Each entry contains new text on behaviour, nesting, feeding and breeding. There are more than 4,200 illustrations, while new maps show the range and distribution of individual species.
Birds of the Heart of England
Edited for the Banbury Ornithological Society by Trevor Easterbrook, this book draws on a 60-year study of birds in the Banbury area, which includes North Oxfordshire, South Northamptonshire and South Warwickshire, to provide an in-depth, illustrated account of bird life in the region between 1952 and 2011. After descriptions of the various habitats available to birds, the systematic species list covers 269 species recorded, each with a distribution map, population charts and a colour photograph.
The Mandarin Duck
The Mandarin Duck is a small and (in the case of the males) spectacularly colourful species of waterfowl. Native to East Asia, Mandarins have been widely kept in aviaries in Europe and North America and birds have frequently escaped to form wild colonies. Lever gives a detailed account of this beautiful bird, with particular emphasis on the invasive populations in Britain and overseas. This book is from the Poyser Monographs series. Regarded as essential reading by many ornithologists, the Monographs provide an enormous amount of detail on individual species, covering evolution, biology and ecology, breeding and feeding, distribution, and conservation.
The Skylark's beautiful song, delivered from its famous towering songflight, can be heard from Ireland to Japan and from the Arctic Circle to the North African deserts. This volume opens with an overview of all the world's larks and, as well as a thorough account of the species biology, migratory patterns, behaviour and habitats, Paul Donald discusses the Skylark's role in history and folklore. This book is from the Poyser Monographs series. Regarded as essential reading by many ornithologists, the Monographs provide an enormous amount of detail on individual species, covering evolution, biology and ecology, breeding and feeding, distribution, and conservation.
A Natural History
An ornithologist who has devoted decades to studying seabirds, Anthony Gaston explains in detail what is special about being a seabird and why – like humans – they live a long time and reproduce very slowly. Enriched with personal anecdotes from the field and photographs, the book provides information on all seabird types and covers adaptation and plumage, distribution and communities, feeding, behaviour, migration, breeding, the consequences of coloniality and population dynamics.
Their World, Their Ways
Although penguins are usually associated with the inhospitable coasts of Antarctica, the 18 different species are in fact spread widely across the southern hemisphere from Australia and New Zealand to the equatorial Galapagos Islands. Led by over 400 photographs of the aquatic birds in their natural habitats, this book explores the natural history, evolution and distribution of penguins and reports on the status and conservation of each of the species today.
Birds New to Britain
Between 1980 and 2004, more than 70 bird species - vagrants from Central Asia, Siberia and North America - have been added to the British list. This book is a compilation of all those records, with accounts of finding a 'First for Britain' interspersed with 25 annual summaries of the birding years 1980-2004 and 25 essays by prominent birders about their special years during this period. The book is illustrated with colour photographs and black and white artworks. Foreword by Eric Meek. Off-mint.
The Most Amazing Birds to See in Britain
The birds of the British Isles are remarkable for both their abundance and variety, from the mighty Golden Eagle to the tiny Goldcrest. This sturdy and handsome guide details the appearance, size, nesting and feeding habits and life cycle of more than 100 British birds, arranged in chapters according to habitat: parks and gardens, farmland, woodland, mountain and moor, wetlands and coast. Each species is illustrated with colour photographs and clear artwork for identification, and a locator map showing its range.