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With over 117 pages of facts and information about bird species and 130 colour photographs, this guide to identifying and recognizing Birds and their habitats is an essential reference for hobbyist and student bird lovers alike.
By John Mason and th eStaff of ACS Distance Education
This book makes a identifying birds easy for anyone who is relatively new to the subject. The trick about identifying any sort of animal or plant is to get to know the broad groups first; so as to have a foundation in the subject. After that, identifying the different species within that broad group will become so much easier. For example: you first need to be able to distinguish between birds of prey and other birds, then identifying different types of birds of prey will become so much easier. Similarly, you need to understand the difference between seabirds and divers, before you start to learn the differences between different types of seabirds (or divers).
Come and enjoy a captivating compilation of birdlife, their behaviour and how these fascinating creatures adapt to the world. This book includes an assortment of factual information, exhilarating illustrations and a gathering of interesting facts that will appeal to bird enthusiasts at all levels of talent.
How Birds are Classified?
This chapter explains the system of taxonomy (eg. What is an order, family, species, genus etc); then moves on to provide a very brief overview of each of the maqin groups of birds, from water birds to song birds and birds of prey to flightless birds
This is the largest chapter in the book. It systematically presents each of the 29 main orders that birds belong to, and provides illustrations and descriptions of each order, in turn.
- Flightless Birds
- Emu and Casowaries
- Song Birds
- Passerines (Perching Birds)
- Birds of Prey (Raptors)
- Water Fowl
- Game Birds
- Water Birds
- Crane, Bustard, Button Quail, Kagu, Plains Wanderer, Mud Hen Rails
- Heron and Stork
- Loons (Divers)
- Grebes (Diving Birds)
- Albatross, Petrel, Shearwater, Fulmar (Tubenoses)
- Gull, Tern, Auk, Skua, Shorebird, Skimmer, Plover
- Cormorant, Shag, Darter, Pelican, Gannet, Tropicbird, Boobie
- Cockatoo, Parrot, Lorikeet, Parakeets
- Dove, Pigeon, Dodo (Extinct)
- Turacoo, Cuckoo, Cooucal, Roadrunner, Hoatzin
- Nightjar, Owlet- Nightjar, Frogmouth, Oilbird, Nighthawks, Whippoorwills
- Hummingbird, Swift, Tree Swift
- Mousebird, Colies
- Trogonos, Quetzals, Plumed Birds
- Bee-Eater, Roller, Kingfisher, Hornbill, Tody, Hoopoe
- Woodpecker, Puffbird, Barbet, Jacamar, Barbet, Toucan, Honeyguides
Glossary of Bird Terms
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