The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds: The Definitive Reference to Birds of the World

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This spectacular catalog features 180 families of birds.

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Christopher Perrins is a distinguished ornithologist and the author of many academic studies and popular books on birds. He was Professor of Ornithology at the University of Oxford from 1992 to 2002, Director of the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology from 1974 to 2002, and he has been a visiting lecturer at universities in Canada and Australia. A fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, Christopher Perrins is renowned for his work on bird population ecology, and in particular, his studies of reproductive rates. In recognition of his achievements, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1997.

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"Definitive reference" is overstated, but this is an accurately written and handsomely illustrated survey of the world's birds. It is in three sections: a short summary of basic bird biology; an illustrated catalog of about 1200 species representing all living orders and families; and a checklist of all 9300-plus currently recognized species. Both the catalog and the checklist use standard taxonomic arrangement. The entries in the catalog, the heart of the book, include name, range, habitat, size and a concise but clear and not overly technical account of the birds' biology; all species are illustrated in color. There is an index of names. Recommended as a useful, though not essential, addition to popular science collections. See also The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Ornithology , reviewed on p. 132.--Ed.
- Paul B. Cors, Univ. of Wyoming Lib., Laramie
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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