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The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds of the World: The Ultimate Reference Source and Identifier for 1600 Birds, Profiling Habitat, Plumage, Nesting and Food [Hardcover]

David Alderton
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7 May 2012 Complete Illustrated Encyclope
This is a comprehensive visual encyclopedia of the birds of America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Polar regions, with expert analysis of size, shape, plumage, habitat, breeding, nests, eggs and food. The extensive illustrated directory includes puffins, terns, egrets, sunbirds, touracos, buzzards, blackbirds, waxbills, lovebirds, hawk-headed parrots, Eurasian spoonbills, double-wattled cassowaries and many more. It is fully illustrated throughout with over 1800 detailed artworks and photographs, including distribution maps. A natural history section describes the different habitats, the evolution of birds, and how they use flight, habitat, predatory instincts and migration to survive in their environment, as well as offering tips on birdwatching. This comprehensive illustrated encyclopedia of birds of the world presents a fantastic visual guide to many of the major avian species and families, from America's tiniest insect-catchers to the giant, flightless species still living on the African plains. A 420-page directory covering America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Polar continents features full illustrated entries for hundreds of birds, as well as detailing many other related species. The birds are grouped by habitat and type - including oceanic, estuary, freshwater, woodland, open country and urban species. This is an authoritative and sumptuous guide to the diversity of bird life across the globe.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books; Ill edition (7 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754821668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754821663
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Alderton, MA (Cantab.) grew up in a home surrounded by pets and originally trained to be a vet until an allergic dermatitis forced a change of career in his final year of study. Since then, David has used his experience, knowledge and passion for the subject to concentrate on writing about animals and the natural world.

David also broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and has recently set up the website www.petinfoclub.com while his blog can be found at www.davidalderton.com His books have currently sold some 6.5 million copies worldwide and are available in 30 languages. He has won various awards for his work, including the Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writers' Association of America, and he is well-known as a columnist on various newspapers and magazines, as well as being the editor of "Practical Reptile Keeping" magazine.

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About the Author

David Alderton's lifelong interest in birds has seen him travel to every continent to study them in a wide range of habitats. He has also been involved with birds in the conservation sphere, promoting ways in which species can be encouraged to breed in suburban gardens. As a writer, David is well known internationally for his articles and books about birds for readers of all ages. He often broadcasts on avian topics, and is a consultant to the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, based in Washington, DC.

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5.0 out of 5 stars BIRDS OF THE WORLD 23 April 2014
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This book surprised me when I opened it and to find such an enormous collection of birds , some I have never heard of . It is well presented with a good introduction on species and environmental issues . The pictures are superb and clear . The text is concise .
I recommend this book to anyone interested in the broader field of bird information .
Very good .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birds Of The World 31 Jan 2014
By Wanda Patrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wonderful book! Gives such detail and information about each species of birds. Great illustrations and color! The Internet is great but I like having a true book!
5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful, compact book 31 Jan 2014
By Sooze - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this book for my bird-obsessed 8 year old daughter. It's a beautiful book filled with color illustrations, and has many photos and basic bird facts toward the back of the book. A great reference. If you want to identify birds in your own backyard, you may want something more regional, but this book is fun for a bird lover.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference 10 Aug 2013
By Juanita A. Floyd - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this because I am an artist drawing a lot of birds. This book is good for subject matter and coloring ideas.
4.0 out of 5 stars Birds of the World Reference book 25 Jun 2013
By Elinor P. Olson - Published on Amazon.com
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This bird book appears to be very complete. The illustrations are realistic and lovely. I would have liked to have seen more clearly defined sections relative to areas of the United States. When looking for a "local" bird it was difficult to determine if the bird was indeed the species that one was looking for.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 25 Jan 2013
By happy customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Purchased for a young animal enthusiast. Great pictures and descriptions. My son has been using it non stop since receiving and learning a lot.
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