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.
Woodpeckers of the World
The Complete Guide
Each of the 239 meticulously detailed entries in this authoritative guide to the woodpecker family includes a description of vocalizations, drumming, conservation status, habitat, range, food, taxonomy and variation, as well as several captioned photographs that beautifully illustrate plumage and behaviour. A comprehensive introduction to the book explains the general characteristics of woodpeckers, including anatomy, morphology, foraging, breeding habits, flight, and the universally admired drumming sound made with their chisel-like bills.
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.
Birds of the West Indies
Helm Identification Guides
More than 560 species of bird are known to occur in the West Indies, including migrants and vagrants (occasional visitors accidentally diverted off their usual routes), each of which is identified and beautifully illustrated in this comprehensive guide. Species notes explain each bird's range, habitat, nesting habits and other information, such as local names, and are accompanied by a distribution map. There is also a locality checklist charting the occurrence of each species island by island.
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.
Birds of Western Africa
Helm Field Guides
This major new guide covers all of the birds of West Africa, from Mauritania and Senegal east to Chad and south to Congo. It gives detailed descriptions of over 1,300 species, from ostriches to falcons and from parrots to plovers. The 266 colour plates contain more than 3,000 illustrations, and each entry describes the voice, behaviour, habitat, distribution, migration patterns and conservation status of the species. This is the authoritative handbook for one of the world's richest birding destinations.
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.
The American Landscape
Literary Sources and Documents (Three volumes)
From Thomas Hariot’s Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1588) to The American Scene (1907) by Henry James, these texts trace early European responses to North America; the American landscape as symbol and myth, and the ‘expanding continent’ of the 19th century. Slipcased.
The American City
Literary Sources and Documents (Three volumes)
This compilation of fiction and non-fictional writings is in three volumes: the first deals with critical and historical views of the American city; volume II considers America as an urban culture; and volume III looks at six cities individually. Slipcased.
The Birds of Essex
Stretching east from suburban London along the Thames and north towards East Anglia, Essex is of national and international importance for many birds, especially the migrant wildfowl and waders that occur on the Stour, Colne, Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Thames estuaries. Covering the entire Essex list of 384 species, this volume analyses and summarizes data collected over the last 200 years, with an up-to-date status report for each species and its patterns of occurrence within Essex.