The Handbook of Bird Families

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The Handbook of Bird Families Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: The Natural History Museum Illustrations and other contents: Colour throughout ISBN: 9780565093785 Categories: , Tag:

What’s the difference between a swallow and a swift? How many species of ducks, penguins, owls or thrushes are there? Which is the rarest parrot or the most endangered hummingbird? What do toucans eat? Discover all the key facts about the world’s orders and families of birds with this ultimate handbook. Expert ornithologist Jonathan Elphick provides a comprehensive survey of every one of the 36 orders and 234 families of birds, revealing their remarkable diversity, appearance, behaviour and lifestyle. With clear, lively text, informative fact boxes that include the latest research and data, and special photography from award-winning wildlife photographers such as David Tipling, The Handbook of Bird Families belongs on the shelf of everyone interested in birds.

Weight1.2 kg
Praise for Jonathan Elphick's The World of Birds `Encyclopaedic in both ambition and achievement, and a tome to be treasured.' BBC Wildlife `Beautiful, inspiring and concise.' New Scientist

Author Biography

Jonathan Elphick, FZS, FLS, is a wildlife writer, editor, consultant, lecturer and broadcaster, specializing in ornithology. During a career spanning almost 40 years, he has written many books including The World of Birds, the bestseller Birdsong, Birds: The Art of Ornithology and the award-winning Birdwatcher's Handbook. He was researcher for Birds & People, the largest survey of cultural attitudes to birds worldwide, and spent five years as researcher on the acclaimed bestseller Birds Britannica. Jonathan lives in Exeter, UK.