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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Advantage Publishers Group (19 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592239676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592239672
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Tilford has had a passion for wildlife since childhood. Much of his spare time has been dedicated to the study and photography of birds, and he has written and contributed to many books and accumulated a huge library of color photographs. He lives in Norwich, England, and is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and has also served on the governing council of the largest British conservation body, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Previous books include The Handbook of Cage & Aviary Birds and A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Java, Sumatra, and Bali.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MGREY on 25 July 2013
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It manages to pack a lot of information into a relatively small size. Good illustrations but with a book this size and price you can hardly expect a really comprehensive coverage of all the species.
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By Trudi Smith on 25 July 2014
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This was bought by mistake but given to a nature lover who, needless to say, thought it delightful.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Howard on 9 April 2014
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brilliant my daughter in law loved it. she now feeds her own visiting hummingbirds; she lives in so. cal. usa
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
The bulk of the text consists of one-page summaries of individual species, each accompanied by a crystal-clear photograph 18 Mar. 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Illustrated with stunningly beautiful photography throughout, The Complete Book of Hummingbirds is a detailed guide to well-known species of hummingbirds found throughout the Americas, from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska. An introductory section teaches readers about the life cycle of these tiny yet brilliantly plumaged birds, which are heavily dependent on sugary nectar for their survival; of especial interest are the careful instructions for feeding hummingbirds in one's backyard (for example, the sugary feed mixture needs to be changed near-daily to prevent spoilage). The bulk of the text consists of one-page summaries of individual species, each accompanied by a crystal-clear photographic image. One doesn't have to be an avid birdwatcher to enjoy The Complete Book of Hummingbirds, which is highly recommended to individual readers and public library collections alike.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Guide and photographic appreciation 29 May 2009
By Lynn Harnett - Published on Amazon.com
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This large-format comprehensive guide to these jewel-like birds found only in the Americas includes gorgeous close-up photographs of birds in flight, feeding, nesting and fighting. Many of the entries are two-page spreads, often featuring more than one photo.

Entries are sub-headed with the Latin name and size of the bird. The text includes distribution, foods, and migration and breeding information, where available.

The entries are preceded by a 49-page lavishly illustrated introduction on the bird's lifecycle, which delves into evolution and backyard feeding (including plants and feeders), and the status and delicacy of scientific research.

Anyone who enjoys marveling at these colorful, antisocial, amazing birds will enjoy this beautifully designed and informative book.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Fine book, but it does not cover all Hummingbirds as described 11 Oct. 2010
By Cliente Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
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Preliminary, I'd like to say it is a very well illustrated book. Outstanding pics of SEVERAL (not all) birds. It is a good addition to my collection, but I'm quite disappointed as I was expecting a real Hummingbird guide.

This book is directed to the hummingbird enthusiast. Definitely it is not suitable for a serious birder, scientist and academic biologists that are seeking for serious identification and info, as they do not cover all the species, and for the ones covered, it does not have occurrence maps, pics detailing the sexual dimorphism and other scientific relevant info.

Anyway, for $12 it worth for what it is proposed (not an Id guide, scientific book).
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HELPED ME IDENTIFY OUR LOCAL HUMMINGBIRDS 18 Jun. 2010
By W. BUTLER - Published on Amazon.com
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Because we live in Las Vegas I also picked up one very valuable tip from this book - that in a hot climate a sugar mix can quickly go sour. So make small quantities to last about 3 days.

Heartening to know by acquiring a very solid well-designed 5-spiggot feeder from Wal-mart we've enabled a hummingbird couple to settle down in this apartment complex and have children. It pretty obvious when you see a mother bird with a rather fat tummy she's about to lay two eggs.

How the little-ones manage their very first hover is still a mystery but very soon one sees a tiny little creature with a body about the size of a grape supping his evening meal just as astutely as its parents.

Another nice thing about hummingbirds is they go to bed later than normal birds. So just after sunset is their favorite time to load-up on calories.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Living Gems 12 May 2011
By BGRT - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful book. Exotic birds in glowing colors. Enough information to satisfy but more than enough pictures to bring oohs and aahs. Purchased for my sister who is a hummingbird "nut', I am very happy at her pleasure. She continues to share insights and unique species.
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