Birds of the World

Birds of the World

A Photographic Guide

Book - 2007
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Firefly Books Ltd

One of the most comprehensive single-volume reference works on birds ever produced.

With photographs and descriptions of over 1,300 species, plus a full listing of every bird species in the world, this outstanding reference is an up-to-date portrait of the world birds. An international team of ornithologists provides concise descriptions and reveals the latest science in bird evolution, behavior, ecology, classification and identification. Organized by region and habitat rather than species, the book allows for a more instinctive understanding of birds and their relationships with each other and the environment.

The opening section on bird evolution and anatomy explains species classification and identification, showing how DNA research is causing a re-evaluation of the known science.

The directory makes up the bulk of the book. It is divided into six sections on the Earth's zoogeographical regions. Each section is written by a recognized authority and includes a thorough review of species, habitat and threats, and conservation organizations. Along with specially commissioned artwork, each species description includes:

  • Scientific and common names
  • Physical characteristics, behavior, habitat and distribution
  • Conservation status
  • Similar species, with cross-references.

This superb reference closes with an up-to-date list of the more than 9,800 species of birds recognized by ornithologists.


A comprehensive single-volume reference provides a world checklist of bird species with photos and detailed descriptions of over 1,300 species. It's organization zoogeographical region allows a better overview of the issues affecting species in each.

Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2007
ISBN: 1554072417 (bound)
9781554072415 (bound)
Branch Call Number: 598 BIR
Characteristics: 384 p. : col. ill., maps ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Gosler, Andrew

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