This volume in the incredible work covers 30 families (including cranes, bustards, rails, gulls, terns and waders), and is one of the larger ones of the whole series.
The authors include 35 experts from eleven countries. This volume has a foreword on art and nature.
This title provides coverage of birds, from Hoatzin to auks.
The introductory chapter is illustrated with detailed plates to complement the text, and deals with such diverse aspects as evolutionary history, anatomy, physiology, migration and systematics.
Each chapter covers a different family, headed by a summary box. Photographs illustrate more unusual features, such as courtship behaviour, thermoregulation or feeding techniques. Each chapter is subdivided into sections: systematics; morphological aspects; habitat; general habits; voice; food and feeding; breeding; movements; relationship with man; status and conservation; and a general bibliography.
The species account lists names in French, German and Spanish, in addition to scientific and English names. Each species features: its own distribution map indicating resident, breeding and non-breeding ranges; its official status, according to BirdLife International; and the threats facing each species.
|Author||Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal|
|Illustrations||Colour Photographs, Colour Plates, Maps|