The newest addition to the highly regarded Helm Identification Series, which includes Seabirds ( unparalleled achievement,” best bird guide of any kind or of any generation,” sets the standard of excellence”) and Shorebirds ( a superb guide,” a landmark volume”).
One of the most eagerly awaited bird books in recent decades, Raptors is the first complete identification guide to all the birds of prey of the world. Each of the 313 species is described thoroughly and accurately, and every plumage and variation is shown in more than two thousand color illustrations plus hundreds of black-and-white drawings. Both large-scale and small-scale range maps show in detail where each species has been found.
Like all the other identification guides in the Helm series including Seabirds, Shorebirds, Warblers of the Americas, Waterfowl, Woodpeckers, and Sparrows and Buntings Raptors is the definitive book on its subject. The birds of prey are arguably the most fascinating group of birds for birders and nonbirders alike, and Raptors will be an essential reference for anyone with an interest in birds.
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James Ferguson-Lees is former editor of British Birds, president of the British Trust for Ornithology, and deputy director of the Royal Society for Bird Preservation. He is the author of The Shell Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe.From Library Journal:
Prepared with the same grace that raptors possess, this is an impressive opus. As the first major entry in the publisher's "Helm Identification" series in many years, it is of course intended for identification. But even Ferguson-Lees, deputy director of the Royal Society for Bird Preservation, and Christie, assistant editor of British Birds, realize that given its heft this volume may be used more as a reference than as a field guide. To narrow identification choices, birders can carry a smaller guide suited to their current locale, such as David Allen Sibley's recent The Sibley Guide to Birds (LJ 11/1/00), and then consult this work later for further help. All 313 species of diurnal raptors (excluded are the nocturnal owls) are illustrated in color and black and white, perched and in flight. As with any field guide, information is provided for identification, including brief descriptive text next to the color plate, illustrations of juvenile and adult plumage, and a range map. Reference text about each species describes distribution (with a larger map), movements, habitat, field characters, perched and flight characteristics, confusion species, voice, food, sociosexual behavior, breeding, population, variations, size measurements, and references. An index and a colossal 50-page bibliography conclude the work. The plate color is good, and the images are clear. A required purchase for every ornithology collection, academic or public, this book is highly recommended.DNancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH
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