Vagrancy in Birds


Vagrancy in Birds Authors: , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Pages: 400 Illustrations and other contents: 360 colour photos Language: English ISBN: 9781472964786 Categories: , , , , , , Tag:

The first comprehensive coverage of a subject that has fascinated natural historians for centuries. Avian vagrancy is a phenomenon that has fascinated natural historians for centuries. From Victorian collectors willing to spend fortunes on a rare specimen, to today’s high-octane bird-chasing ‘twitchers’, the enigma of vagrancy has become a lifelong obsession for countless ornithologists worldwide. This book explores both pattern and process in avian vagrancy, drawing on recent research to answer a suite of fundamental questions concerning the occurrence of rare birds: What causes vagrancy? Why do some places attract so many vagrant birds? Why are some species more predisposed to long-range vagrancy than others? The book synthesizes everything that is known about the subject, and draw together different lines of evidence to make the case for vagrancy as a biological phenomenon with important implications for avian ecology and evolution.

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A fascinating read into the different causes of vagrancy, and the instances of vagrancy in different bird families. * BBC Wildlife * An exceptional publication ... If you have an interest in migration and vagrancy you should definitely add it to your bookshelf. * Birdwatch Magazine * Vagrancy in Birds takes you on a journey, following the movement of birds around the world, and showing you why so many end up often in the ‘wrong place’ … The mixture of colour pictures really adds to the text, especially in the excellent species accounts which make up most of the book. * Bird Watching, Book of the Month * Incredibly rich ... this remarkable, unique book deserves a place on the shelf of every birder. * Neotropical Birding * This book offers something for all birders and ornithologists, from rarity hunters to conservationists studying habitat loss … one of the most useful titles of the year. * British Birds * Vagrancy In Birds is a unique book, a scholarly volume of ornithological research that birders will also find fascinating and enjoyable. * Bird Observer * This is a rarity of a book, technical, but enthralling. -- John Lewis-Stempel * Country Life * One of the most useful titles of 2022... presents theories and observations in an easily accessible way. * BTO, Best Bird Book of the Year 2022 * For the first time, this book, in no short order, explores the how and the why of bird vagrancy on a global scale, exploring in great detail how birds navigate and the driving forces that find some birds thousands of kilometres from their intended location, and even on different continents from the one they set out for... one of the most interesting things I have read on birds for a long time. -- Paul Stancliffe * BTO *