The Birds of Israel (Birdwatch's 1996 Bird Book of the Year)

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9780126402551: The Birds of Israel (Birdwatch's 1996 Bird Book of the Year)

Situated on one of the major Palearctic-African migration routes, Israel is an area of tremendous interest to ornithologists. This book is the most complete, up-to-date reference on bird distribution in, and migration through, Israel, compiled by a foremost authority. The book especially distinguishes those subspecies found in Israel, and includes hundreds of maps and diagrams detailing seasonal occurrence. The addition of hundreds of colour photographs ensures that this book will become the most significant work on birds of this fascinating region.

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* The most detailed, up-to -date account of the distribution and migration of birds in Israel ever published
* Over 500 species described
* Written by the foremost authority on the subject
* Maps for all the major species
* Over 400 colour photographs

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Lying at the crossroads of one of the main migration routes from Africa to the Palearctic, Israel attracts many species of migrant birds, often in large numbers. In both spring and autumn, storks and raptors pass over Israel in hundreds of thousands and can easily be seen at strategic observation points along their traditional flight paths. Other species which migrate on a broader front, such as passerines, can also be seen en masse, attracted to the green oases of the new Israeli kibbiutz cultivations scattered throughout the desert landscapes of the southern part of the country.
In addition to the migrant birds, Israel also holds a fascinating resident avifauna, including many of the Middle East's desert species - bustards, sandgrouse and a profusion of larks and wheateaters. In the northern coastal maquis habitats most of the typical Mediterranean species can be found, while the mountains and valleys of the northeast hold birds of a more easterly origin - Black Francolin, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Pale Rock Sparrow, Syrian Serin and the like. It is therefore no surprise that in the last twenty years Israel has become increasingly popular with European birdwatchers, who now flock there as regularly as the avian migrants.
Hadoram Shirihai is well known and respected both for his skills in the field and for his knowledge of Israel's avifauna. Following general chapters describing the country, its habitats and its birdlife, he presents detailed texts on each species, with maps and bar-charts showing regional and seasonal patterns of occurrence. Taxonomic aspects are well covered throughout the species accounts, with full subspecific field and museum data for all Israel and the Levant presented in detail (to a level of specific identification).
This monumental new work will be invaluable, both to the visiting birdwatcher and to the more studious ornithologist. It contains more information packed into its pages than any previous country avifauna. The information in it is of relevance well beyond the borders of the country it describes and will be of use to anybody with an interest in birds throughout the Middle East and North Africa - and, indeed, throughout most of the Palearctic as well.
The text is illustrated with over 200 line drawings by Alan Harris, and by an extraordinary collection of over 500 colour photographs of some of the most exciting species.

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