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The Mandarin Duck

The Mandarin Duck Author Christopher Lever
ISBN-10 9781408189887
Release 2013-02-28
Pages 192
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The Mandarin Duck is a small and (in the case of the males) spectacularly colourful species of waterfowl. Widely kept in aviaries around the world, populations often escaped to form wild colonies. One of the largest and best-studied is in southern England. Although declining and nowadays surprisingly hard to find, Britain's wild Mandarin population is probably more numerous than that of the duck's true home, China and the Russian Far East, where it is now endangered. This Poyser monograph is a detailed account of this beautiful duck's lifestyle and biology, with particular emphasis on invasive populations in Britain and overseas. It is a superb addition to the long-running and acclaimed Poyser series.

Owls of Europe

Owls of Europe Author Heimo Mikkola
ISBN-10 1408136759
Release 2010-10-30
Pages 440
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In this major work Dr Mikkola reviews the 13 owls breeding in Europe and an additional four species in lands adjoining the Mediterranean in North Africa and the Middle East. The book has three Parts. I: Special Characteristics - origins, taxonomy, anatomical features, pellets. II: Species Descriptions - the 17 species described in detail, with voice, behaviour, food, breeding and distribution (34 maps). III: Ecological Relationships - largely concerned with interactions between owls and with other birds of prey. Identification, part of the Species Descriptions text, is more than supplemented by 8 superb colour plates by Ian Willis. In addition there are numerous line drawings and over 70 photographs.

Naturalised Birds of the World

Naturalised Birds of the World Author Christopher Lever
ISBN-10 9781408128251
Release 2010-01-29
Pages 352
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This book looks at the world's naturalised (successfully introduced) species of bird. Many species have been introduced to countries outside their natural range by people, either deliberately or accidentally, with varied consequences for both those species themselves and the native fauna of their 'new' homes. In Britain, the introduced Canada Goose has quickly become ubiquitous at every lake and riverside, while the Golden Pheasant remains a scarce and unobtrusive inhabitant of a few scattered, remote woodlands. The House Sparrow and Common Starling, both in decline over parts of their native range, are thriving in a naturalised state in North America and elsewhere in the world. Naturalised populations of Mallard in various parts of the world are threatening a total of seven other duck species with extinction through hybridisation. This book discusses each species in turn, describing how, why, when and where its introduction took place, how it became established, and the ecological and economic impacts its presence has had in the country or countries it is naturalised in. Each account has a map, showing natural and introduced range, and there is a wealth of beautiful line drawings of the species concerned.

Red Data Birds in Britain

Red Data Birds in Britain Author L.A Batten
ISBN-10 9781408137758
Release 2013-06-27
Pages 360
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The various Red Data Books prepared by the IUCN and ICBP have set the standards for recognizing birds close to or at risk of extinction worldwide. This book, by focusing on vulnerable species living in or visiting Britain, sets out to define the British situation and to clearly establish both the importance of British populations and our own responsibilities for contributing to bird conservation. Compiled by an editorial team drawn from the Nature Conservancy Council and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, it identifies 117 species that demand our care and attention. Obviously it includes species that breed in or visit Britain in small numbers and whose populations are threatened by natural or man-made circumstances. However, it also deals with birds that are common or numerous but which, due to their localized distribution worldwide, have the greater part of their European populations in British sites. Each of the species accounts provides up-to-date information on current populations, basic ecology, threats to the species and the legal protection and conservation measures now in force. General chapters deal with the state of Britain's various habitats, legal matters and conservation action for the future. This book should mean that no-one, whether ornithologist, land manager or bureaucrat, can plead ignorance when future land-use changes or management decisions threaten an endangered, vulnerable or important bird species. Illustrated by Ian Willis

Naturalized Birds of the World

Naturalized Birds of the World Author Christopher Lever
ISBN-10 0470207892
Release 1987-01-01
Pages 615
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Naturalized Birds of the World has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Naturalized Birds of the World also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Naturalized Birds of the World book for free.

Gulls of the World

Gulls of the World Author Klaus Malling Olsen
ISBN-10 9780691180595
Release 2018-03-27
Pages 488
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A comprehensive photographic guide to the world’s gull species With more than 50 gull species in the world, this family of seabirds poses some of the greatest field identification challenges of any bird group: age-related plumage changes, extensive variations within species, frequent hybridization, and complex distribution. Gulls of the World takes on these challenges and is the first book to provide a comprehensive look at these birds. Concise text emphasizes field identification, with in-depth discussion of variations as well as coverage of habitat, status, and distribution. Abundant photographs highlight identification criteria and, crucially, factor in age and subspecific field separation. Informative species accounts are accompanied by detailed color range maps. Gulls of the World is the most authoritative photographic guide to this remarkable bird family. The first book to provide in-depth coverage of all the world's gull species More than 600 stunning color photographs Concise text looks at variations, habitat, status, and distribution Informative species accounts and color range maps

A century of bird books

A century of bird books Author Peter Tate
ISBN-10 CORNELL:31924002200412
Release 1979-11
Pages 256
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A century of bird books has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from A century of bird books also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full A century of bird books book for free.

Birding in Eastern Europe

Birding in Eastern Europe Author Gerard Gorman
ISBN-10 1898665079
Release 2006
Pages 282
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This guide covers the best birding sites in 11 Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.

Human Exploitation and Biodiversity Conservation

Human Exploitation and Biodiversity Conservation Author David L. Hawksworth
ISBN-10 9781402052835
Release 2008-01-03
Pages 514
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This book presents a wide range of contributions addressing diverse aspects of biodiversity exploitation and conservation. These collectively provide a snapshot of ongoing action and state-of-the-art research, rather than a series of necessarily more superficial overviews. Examples presented here derive from studies in 17 countries including Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. These reports will stimulate future work toward attaining a sustainable balance between the conservation and exploitation of biodiversity.


Wildfowl Author Steve Madge
ISBN-10 9781408138953
Release 2010-09-30
Pages 298
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A summary of information on 154 species of duck, geese and swans of the world intended as an identification manual for the wildfowl enthusiast that goes beyond a regional basis and is light enough to be used as a handy reference book in the field. The text not only clarifies identification techniques but fully discusses problematic plumages in detail as well as providing a summary on world distribution and status complemented by clear distribution maps.

Big Questions in Ecology and Evolution

Big Questions in Ecology and Evolution Author Thomas N. Sherratt
ISBN-10 9780199548606
Release 2009-02-19
Pages 297
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This book provides an introduction to a range of fundamental questions that have taxed evolutionary biologists and ecologists for decades. Some of the phenomena discussed are, on first reflection, simply puzzling to understand from an evolutionary perspective, whilst others have direct implications for the future of the planet. All of the questions posed have at least a partial solution, all have seen exciting breakthroughs in recent years, yet many of the explanations continue to be hotly debated.

The Whooper Swan

The Whooper Swan Author Mark Brazil
ISBN-10 9781408128671
Release 2010-01-31
Pages 512
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The Whooper Swan has the most extensive range of all the world's seven swan species, and to people in many nations it is the archetypical swan species. The species is also strongly migratory, and the annual appearances of bulging" flocks of these beautiful white birds herald seasonal change and have inspired numerus myths and tales. Taking an in-depth look at the Whooper Swan, this book investigates its biology, migratory habits, courtship and breeding behaviour and its role in the folklore and legend of the many countries where it occurs."

Birds of Central Asia

Birds of Central Asia Author Raffael Ayé
ISBN-10 069115337X
Release 2012
Pages 336
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The first-ever guide to the birds of Central Asia covering 618 species, including all residents, migrants, and vagrants. Introductory sections introduce the land and its birds.

Birds New to Britain and Ireland

Birds New to Britain and Ireland Author J.T.R. Sharrock
ISBN-10 9781408138458
Release 2010-11-30
Pages 280
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The 83 species featured in this book, in date sequence of discovery, had not been recorded in Britain or Ireland before 1946. The original accounts of the sightings published in issues of British Birds* between 1947 and 1982 are now reprinted and supplemented with comment by Dr Sharrock on subsequent occurrences and current status. In addition, Peter Grant provides identification notes drawing attention to points not covered in the original accounts. There is also a world distribution map for each species and a line illustration to head each of the accounts. At the end of the book a section of plates reproduces 81 'first-sighting' photographs covering 32 of the species in the book.

A History of Polish Birds

A History of Polish Birds Author Zygmunt Bocheński
ISBN-10 8361358447
Release 2012-01-01
Pages 226
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A History of Polish Birds has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from A History of Polish Birds also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full A History of Polish Birds book for free.

Ducks Geese and Swans of the World

Ducks  Geese  and Swans of the World Author Paul A. Johnsgard
ISBN-10 UIUC:30112010089610
Release 1978
Pages 404
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Systematic review classifying waterfowl according to thirteen tribes and identifying species according to age, sex and plumage, also considering habitats, feeding, current distribution and status, reproduction and especially social behavior

Birds in Wales

Birds in Wales Author Roger Lovegrove
ISBN-10 9781408137901
Release 2010-10-30
Pages 384
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The rugged countryside of Wales has long been a destination for successive generations of naturalists, ornithologists, oologists and, latterly, birdwatchers. Since the pioneering days of Willoughby and Ray, Pennant and Edward Llwyd, a growing number of intrepid travellers have recorded the wildlife and other natural riches of the mountains and coastlines of Wales. Despite these beginnings and the more recent twentieth century vogue for birdwatching, no volume on the birds of Wales has been produced until now to serve the increasing need for scientifically valid information for conservation purposes. In the years that have passed since the first naturalists visited Wales, changes of unimaginable scale have taken place in the Welsh countryside which have had equally dramatic impacts on the native bird communities. A succession of bird species have either been eliminated deliberately by the hand of man - mainly birds of prey - or have been dispossessed by changes in land use, the spread of industrialisation, urbanisation and pollution, trends which continue today to the increasing detriment of even some of our most familiar countryside birds. Much fine habitat remains however, and new species have come in to colonise Wales and add to the magic of its countryside. This volume sets out for the first time the historical and current status of all the bird species found in Wales together with their present distribution. The three authors, all staff of the RSPB in Wales, have between them an accumulated experience of some 80 years of first-hand knowledge of birds in the Principality. Their knowledge and love of the birds and Wales itself makes this authoritative volume a landmark both in Welsh and ornithological publishing.