Birds of the World

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JHU Press, 2006 - Nature - 513 pages
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This stunning collection of art and text captures the grace, beauty, and flamboyance of the world's birds. In more than 500 pages, ornithologist Les Beletsky has gathered over 1,600 original paintings that reveal the form, posture, and plumage of all the avian families, with featured illustrations of 1307 avian species. The paintings are from eleven of the world's leading bird artists, with many being published here for the first time.

Beletsky's detailed, yet eminently readable, descriptions are paired with vivid images to show the diversity of the world's approximately 200 bird families. Backyard bird-watchers, avid birders, and professional ornithologists alike will find in these pages everything from the everyday to the exotic, from diminutive hummingbirds to massive ostriches, from Antarctic penguins to tropical parrots.

Comprehensive, authoritative, and beautifully illustrated, Birds of the World will amaze and inspire everyone with an interest in this remarkable fauna.

  

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Contents

I
40
Ostrich Emu
79
Penguins
87
Stormpetrels Divingpetrels
99
Boobies and Gannets
106
Thickknees Seedsnipes
123
Stilts and Avocets Ibisbill
129
Gulls and Terns
135
CuckooshrikesTrillers
321
Shrikes Helmetshrikes
327
Vangas
333
Waxwings Silkyflycatchers
339
Old World Flycatchers
347
Mockingbirds and Thrashers
357
Wrens
363
Parrotbills PendulineTits
371

Puffins and Auks
141
Pigeons and Doves
147
Cockatoos
157
Groundcuckoos Anis Hoatzin
167
Nightjars
175
Swifts Treeswifts
181
Mousebirds
189
Kingfishers
195
Beeeaters
205
Hornbills
211
Woodswallows
309
Leafbirds Ioras
315
Swallows
377
Whiteeyes
385
Larks
401
Waxbills
413
Accentors
423
Wood Warblers
443
Tanagers
451
New World Blackbirds
463
Avian Diversity
469
Bibliography
503
Copyright

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References to this book

The Bird Class
Rebecca Stefoff
Limited preview - 2007

About the author (2006)

Les Beletsky, Ph.D., is an ornithologist and the series editor of the Travelers' Wildlife Guides. He is a visiting scholar at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington.

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