"The authority of the RSPB"
"The Complete Bible for birdwatchers"
"Superb photos and illustrations"
RSPB Complete Birds of Britain & Europe by Rob Hume
This 480-page hardcover guide
uses an integrated photographic approach to profile the extraordinary
range of birds found in the Western Palearctic region. With
comprehensive coverage, easy-to-use layout and visual impact, it should
appeal to birders of all ages and experience.
opens with a portrait of birds and their
habitats. Covering evolution, anatomy and behaviour, it also describes how
birds have adapted to different environments - from wetlands and rocky
coasts to woodland and urban gardens. The 320 species most commonly seen
in Britain and Europe have full-page coverage, with a large photo of each bird in its most frequently observed plumage with
other images showing the most important plumage variations:
adult/juvenile; male/female; and winter/summer.
reveal the appearance of each bird in flight, "in
situ" and similar-looking
species/subspecies for comparison. Key features are highlighted around each picture
and further details of voice, nesting, feeding, migration, habitat, physical statistics, social grouping, behaviour, lifespan
and conservation status are presented in jargon-free text. Distribution is
shown in colour-coded maps. In addition to the main 320 species, over 200
less common birds are also shown, with a
further 276 very rare species are concisely profiled too.
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