Seabirds: The New Identification Guide




Seabirds: The New Identification Guide Authors: , , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Lynx Edicions Pages: 600 Illustrations and other contents: 239 plates with 3800+ colour illustrations ISBN: 9788416728411 Categories: , Tag:

This is the first comprehensive guide to the world’s 435 species of seabirds to be published since the 1983 publication of Harrison’s Seabirds: An Identification Guide. The original edition is considered a classic, it won the British Birds journal award for Bird Book of the Year, and was translated into several languages. This new guide covers all known seabirds, including those recently rediscovered and rarely seen, beginning with seaducks and grebes and ending with cormorants and pelicans. Seabirds: The New Identification Guide gives full treatment to all these species  and is lavishly illustrated and detailed throughout. Larger and more expansive than the first edition, partly reflecting changes in taxonomy and our current state of knowledge, the guide is arranged so that all the information for the one or two species illustrated are on facing pages.

Key points of the book:

  • The essential new identification guide to the seabirds of the world.
  • 239 superb, full-colour plates with extensive captions and detailed facing-plate identification texts and maps, to enable identification at a glance.
  • More than 3,800 full-colour figures with illustrations of distinct subspecies, sexes, ages and morphs, are further supported by in-text identification keys and figures.
  • The text covers status and conservation, geographic range, movements and migration, breeding biology and feeding habits, plus identification and latest taxonomic treatments.
  • The only seabird guide to cover all known seabird groups and species.
  • Seabirders worldwide will find this to be an authoritative, one-of-a-kind publication for use around the globe.



Preface 7
Acknowledgements 9
Introduction 11
What is a seabird? 11
The basics of seabird ID 16
How to use this book 18
Group introduction & identification 18
Species accounts 18
Distribution maps 19
Abbreviations explained 20
Ageing terminology 20
Glossary of terms 21
Seabird topography 23
Where in the world? 24
Species inventory 28
Systematic accounts 31
Seaducks 32
Grebes 58
Sheathbills 78
Phalaropes 78
Skimmers 79
Gulls 84
Terns & Noddies 192
Skuas & Jaegers 238
Auks 252
Tropicbirds 278
Loons (Divers) 284
Penguins 292
Albatrosses 312
Southern & Northern Storm-petrels 344
Petrels, Shearwaters & Diving-petrels 376
Fulmarine Petrels 377
Blue Petrel & Prions 386
Gadfly Petrels 396
Procellaria Petrels 436
Shearwaters 442
Bulweria-type Petrels 480
Diving-petrels 488
Frigatebirds 494
Gannets & Boobies 504
Cormorants & Shags 518
Pelicans 562
References 573
Index 595

Weight1.8 kg


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Author Biography

Peter Harrison, MBE, artist, author, screenwriter and ardent conservationist. His first book, Seabirds: An Identification Guide, was hailed as a classic and awarded Best Birdbook of 1983 by the prestigious journal British Birds. A Photographic Guide to the Seabirds of the World followed in 1987. Peter devotes much of his time to conservation efforts. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the world of natural history, Peter was invited to Buckingham Palace in 1995 and awarded the title Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. In March 2017 he was the proud recipient of the New York Linnaean Society’s Eisenmann Award for Excellence in Ornithology. A Fellow of the Explorers’ Club, Peter continues to travel the globe, lecturing and guiding, as a founder and partner of Seattle-based Apex Expeditions. ~Martin Perrow has been a professional ecologist for 30 years as head of one of the foremost ecological consultancies in the UK. Martin has authored more than 130 scientific papers, articles and book chapters, and has published reports and presented at a host of international conferences and workshops. He is probably best known, however, as editor of several seminal books including the two-volume Handbook of Ecological Restoration and the four-volume Wildlife and Wind Farms: Conflicts and Solutions. An avid birder with an innate love of water, Martin has traveled the oceans in both hemispheres, often as tour guide with several leading wildlife travel companies. In 2015 he received the Carl Zeiss Award from the British Birds Rarities Committee. ~Hans Larsson was born in the Gambia but lives in Sweden and is one of the country’s leading bird artists. He was voted Bird Artist of the Year (1994) by Vår Fågelvärld, the leading Swedish ornithological journal. Subsequently, the Swedish Ornithological Union honoured him as their Birder of the Year (1996). Hans has previously illustrated the acclaimed Terns of Europe and North America (1995) and Skuas and Jaegers of the World (1997), both by Klaus Malling Olsen. More recently (2004) he completed the 96 plates for Klaus Malling Olsen’s seminal work, Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America.

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