Nature Guide: Birds: The World in Your Hands

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Penguin, Apr 2, 2012 - Nature - 352 pages
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From the black swan to the ruby-throated hummingbird, Nature Guide Birds of the World, profiles the world's most amazing bird species.

Part of a new generation of compact natural history guides, Birds of the World is packed full of stunning images that reveal intricate details and unique characteristics of the species featured. Expertly written and including examples from across the globe, these guides will give you knowledge of the natural world at your fingertips.

With a detailed introduction all about bird classification, anatomy, migration, habitats and flight, Nature Guide Birds of the World is the ideal bird identification guide.

 

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Contents

Flight migration and breeding 8
8
Habitats 10
10
Birdwatching and identification 12
12
Tinamous 16
16
Gamebirds 23
23
Waterfowl 36
36
Loons 54
54
Grebes 62
62
Sandgrouse 157
157
Parrots and cockatoos 168
168
Owls 189
189
Nightjars and frogmouths 200
200
Hummingbirds and swifts 208
208
Mousebirds 218
218
Kingfishers and relatives 222
222
Passerines 252
252

Flamingoes 65
65
Pelicans and relatives 79
79
Birds of prey 89
89
Cranes and rails 112
112
Waders gulls and auks 124
124
Glossary 340
340
Index 344
344
Acknowledgments 351
351
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The Smithsonian Institution, established in 1846, is a world renowned research center, dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history.

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