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.
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.