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Grouse Of The World Hardcover – 5 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland (5 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780092504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780092508
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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such a striking and distinctive cover is entirely appropriate for the fantastic content inside. ... as a reference, it is brilliant. --Bird Guides

About the Author

Professor Roald Potapov has studied grouse for more than 40 years. Dr Richard Sale is an expert on Arctic ecology; his book Gyrfalcon won the US Wildlife Society Book of the Year award in 2006.

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Format: Hardcover
The jacket description of this book announces that it is “the first comprehensive English-language guide to this unique family of birds”. Clearly that is incorrect, as anyone interested in this family will already own The Grouse of the World by Paul Johnsgard which was published by Croom Helm in 1983. Indeed that book is listed in the bibliography! Putting aside that anomaly, this book does provide a very detailed account of the nineteen species of grouse from around the world.

An opening chapter discusses the many adaptations that these birds benefit from. This is a fascinating family of birds which is restricted entirely to the northern hemisphere. Each species is supremely designed to live in environments where the changing seasons present major challenges to survival. For example they have feathered nostrils and feet, and all but one have pectinated toes which grow flanges for the winter months to double the surface area of the feet. This latter adaptation is unique to the grouse family.

The species are then segmented into eight groups and are assessed in detail. Information is provided in a standard format on colouration, dimensions, distribution, subspecies, habitats, population structure and density, territoriality, nutrition, wintering and breeding seasons, and hunting, recreation and conservation.

The male and female of each species have been illustrated in colour by Jackie Garner. Having seen her paintings at a recent exhibition I know that these do not represent her best work and being on a buff background they simply do not come across as fresh and new – or indeed particularly sharp.
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This book is perfect to know every type of things about these animals: behavior, moulting, distribution. It's amazing the amount of new unexpected things you can learn!
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HASH(0x9192069c) out of 5 stars Superb book, excellent reading. 19 Jan. 2014
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No matter where you are in the world, this book is a must for a casual birder and an experienced scientist. Heavy loaded with scientific facts and tons of pictures, it provides superb insights into grouse biology world-wide. Looks like it is the only book on grouse in the which is not geographically biased.
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