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Handbook of the Birds of the World: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds v. 16 Hardcover – 30 Nov 2011

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  • Hardcover: 894 pages
  • Publisher: Lynx Edicions (30 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8496553787
  • ISBN-13: 978-8496553781
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 5.5 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,869,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Betton on 30 Jun. 2012
For me, one of the most memorable birding moments of the early 1990s was the realisation that HBW was going to be the ultimate bird book in the world - in fact the "book" that you would keep if all others had to go. Many of us had wanted such a thing, but little did we expect an unknown publishing house to deliver this product - and now the doubters are looking very stupid. HBW is the first work ever to illustrate and deal in detail with all the living species of birds in the world. Over the 16 volumes HBW has brought in over 200 specialist writers to publish 12,555 pages and describe 9903 species, supported by 1030 plates created by over 30 artists, together with over 1000 photographers who contributed some 6644 photographs!

The quality has remained high throughout and this latest volume concludes all of the bird families in the world. This is also the last of the nine passerine volumes and (as in the case of the last non-passerine volume), a practical plastic-coated reference card accompanies the volume. This is designed to act as an index to all of the families covered in these nine volumes, enabling readers to locate any of the families in this second part of the series.

Taxonomically, this volume is potentially one of the most interesting because the families featured have been the subject of disagreement for many decades. The latest molecular analyses clearly indicate that traditional classifications have treated several groups of species in the wrong families. That said, it has been HBW's position to take a conservative approach, placing species into families where birders would traditionally expect to find them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jens Bo on 10 May 2014
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Volume 16 completes the Handbook of the Birds of the World. The comprehensive texts and fantastic illustrations will keep me busy long into old age. A truly impressive source of knowledge and joy for bird-lovers and I am already looking forward to the first supplementary volume. Hopefully it will appear in print as electronic publishing never will be able to replace the "feel-good" factor inherent in print for a superior handbook like this.
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Home run 24 Mar. 2013
By Ashtar Command - Published on Amazon.com
This is the 16th and last volume of the super-encyclopaedia to end all super-encyclopaedias, "Handbook of the Birds of the World", published by Lynx Edicions.

The first volume was published already in 1992, this one in 2011. Thus, the entire work took almost 20 years to complete! But then, there are almost 10,000 species of birds, so we shouldn't really be surprised.

This concluding volume covers four passerine families: Tanagers, Cardinals, Buntings and New World Sparrows, New World Blackbirds.

As usual, the photos and plates are excellent (and all in colour!), while the accompanying text is rather heavy and mostly geared to a scientific audience, and perhaps very advanced bird-watchers. This is a book for the reference library. Still, it's so well-produced that I wasn't surprised to find that the website of the publisher offer it to the general reader, as well. You can even pay in instalments!

Of the innumerable facts found in this volume, one in particular struck me. The global population of the Red-Winged Blackbird is 200 million, making it one of the most common birds in North America. Aha! Somehow, this solves the perennial small town "mystery" of why hundreds of Blackbirds occasionally fall dead from the skies...

Here's a clue: it really wasn't UFOs or aliens after all, so please delay that call to National Enquirer!

Five stars for the home run of Lynx Edicions.
A great series 3 Jan. 2014
By Schanee Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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We use the entire series in our library. If you are going to purchase one set a bird books this would be the set to purchase.
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