A Visual Guide

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Baker & Taylor
Presents a survey of major bird groups and families, describing their distribution, habitats, adaptations for survival, and their relationship with humans throughout history.

Firefly Books Ltd

A 300-page encyclopedic guide to the birds of the world -- from flamingos to owls to penguins.

With hundreds of color photographs and precise illustrations, along with explanatory annotations, Birds examines all aspects of avian life evolutionary beginnings, biology, behavior. This comprehensive reference provides up-to-date information on the conservation status of various species at risk. It also describes how birds have adapted, and how they continue to cope with such inhospitable habitats as tropical rainforests, arid deserts and the frigid Antarctic continent. Readers will find detailed information about the remarkable phenomenon of avian migration across continents and oceans, which covers the mechanics of flight and the structure of feathers. The historical role of birds in literature and the arts is also included.

"FactFiles," found throughout this book, provide quick access to essential facts on each bird species. Birders will welcome this profusely and beautifully illustrated book -- with its expert information -- as an ideal reference and resource guide.

A comprehensive and exceptionally well illustrated reference to all aspects of avian life including evolution, biology, behavior, migration, flight, conservation status and species at risk. The book includes essential facts in sidebar 'FactFiles.'

Book News
As an expert on bird behavior and ecology, Burger (biology, Rutgers U.) emphasizes human attraction and threats to birds, conservation measures, and bird-watching ethics. She traces the classification of the some 10,000 species worldwide, their evolution, lifestyles, habitats, distribution, and adaptations for survival. Amazing facts (e.g., the black-headed pitohui has toxic feathers) and numerous color photos will make birders of many general readers. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781554071777
Branch Call Number: 598 B911b
Characteristics: 304 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm


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