WORLD OF BIRDS: Natural History Museum


WORLD OF BIRDS: Natural History Museum

JONATHAN ELPHICK    Book Number: 85569    Product format: Hardback

A spectacular heavyweight definitive guide to every aspect of bird life produced in association with the Natural History Museum and containing over 1000 colour photographs, maps and diagrams. It explores in great detail the significant elements of bird life - biology including anatomy, physiology, the brain and senses, plumage, calls and songs, flight techniques and styles, food and feeding, lifestyles and social relationships, breeding, growth and development, bird geography and habitats and migration. The volume begins by examining the evolution of birds since the age of the dinosaurs and related families are grouped into orders such as the Tinamiformes, Galliformes, Pelecaniformes, Strigiformes and Piciformes among them. A snowy owl in flight heading towards the camera is depicted on page five. The earliest known bird ever to be found living during the Upper Jurassic period about 147 million years ago is depicted in a beautiful colour drawing, the Archaeopteryx. Some unusual 'new birds', extinct ratites which have fossil representatives as well as extant species like elephant birds and the moa, some flightless birds were truly gigantic. Glossy colour photographs show the range of shape, colour and texture of this infinitely fascinating winged world and fact boxes throughout describe length, weight, range in habitat, social behaviour, nest, eggs, incubation, fledgling period, food, voice, migration and conservation status. It is truly a ground-breaking guide and a complete survey of the world's orders and families of birds written by an eminent natural history expert and with special photography. 608 huge pages measuring 9" x 11".
Published price: £40
Bibliophile price: £17.00


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ISBN 9780565092375
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from Anonymous on 25/07/2019
A well-written up-to-date comprehensive work on ornithology.