Raptors of the World

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001 - Nature - 992 pages
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The newest addition to the highly regarded Helm Identification Series, which includes Seabirds (“unparalleled achievement,” “best bird guide of any kind or of any generation,” “sets the standard of excellence”) and Shorebirds (“a superb guide,” “a landmark volume”).
One of the most eagerly awaited bird books in recent decades, Raptors is the first complete identification guide to all the birds of prey of the world. Each of the 313 species is described thoroughly and accurately, and every plumage and variation is shown in more than two thousand color illustrations plus hundreds of black-and-white drawings. Both large-scale and small-scale range maps show in detail where each species has been found.
Like all the other identification guides in the Helm series — including Seabirds, Shorebirds, Warblers of the Americas, Waterfowl, Woodpeckers, and Sparrows and Buntings — Raptors is the definitive book on its subject. The birds of prey are arguably the most fascinating group of birds for birders and nonbirders alike, and Raptors will be an essential reference for anyone with an interest in birds.
  

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Prepared with the same grace that raptors possess, this is an impressive opus. As the first major entry in the publisher's "Helm Identification" series in many years, it is of course intended for ... Read full review

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A magnificent book about world raptors. Accurate, full of information. Can study it for hours. Fantastic reference. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
17
USING THIS BOOK
20
ORDERS OF RAPTOR POPULATION SIZES
26
RAPTOR TOPOGRAPHY
27
MEASURING LENGTHS AND WINGSPANS OF RAPTORS
31
SEX AND AGE DIFFERENCES IN SIZES AND SHAPES OF RAPTORS
35
IDENTIFYING RAPTORS
40
RAPTOR MIGRATION
44
RAPTOR VISION HEARING AND OLFACTION
54
RAPTOR PLUMAGES AND EXTERNAL STRUCTURE
57
TAXONOMY SEQUENCE AND NOMENCLATURE OF RAPTORS
69
ENGLISH NAMES OF RAPTORS
76
COLOUR PLATES
80
SYSTEMATIC SECTION
305
BIBLIOGRAPHY
926
INDEX
981

RAPTOR MOULT PATTERNS AND AGE CRITERIA
50

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About the author (2001)

James Ferguson-Lees is former editor of British Birds, president of the British Trust for Ornithology, and deputy director of the Royal Society for Bird Preservation. He is the author of The Shell Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe.

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