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Ornithology - Monographs (inc. Poyser)

  • In Search of Arctic Birds
    In Search of Arctic Birds by Richard Vaughan

    Arctic birds have long held a fascination for Richard Vaughan, whose trips to the region, watching and photographing birds, have provided the raw material for a number of previous publications.  Here, he focuses on the historical aspects of Arctic ornithology, bringing to life not only the birds but the activities of those who have lived with them, or explored in search of them. The book includes practical advice on how to visit the Arctic and where and when to go.

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  • The Ancient Murrelet: A Natural History in the Queen Charlotte Islands
    The Ancient Murrelet: A Natural History… by Anthony J Gaston

    Breeding along the northern Pacific coast from British Columbia to Japan, this little known bird dwelt in relative obscurity until it became the focus of a conservation debate which has resulted in a new National Park in the Queen Charlotte Islands, where half the world's population breeds. It made the headlines again when a lost, lone bird suddenly appeared at Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel, England, in May 1990 and again in April 1991. Tony Gaston has carried out the only detailed study of the bird, in the fine mature coastal forests of the Queen Charlotte Islands. His work has revealed their complex social behaviour, the song behaviour of the males and the species' response to the variety of predators which they face - from Peregrines to Deer Mice. His story is set against a survey of the species worldwide and the grandeur of the northwest Pacific coast.

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  • Rails: A Guide to the Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Coots of the World43% OFF
    Rails: A Guide to the Rails, Crakes,… by Barry Taylor, Ber van Perlo

    Many species belonging to this group are solitary and somewhat secretive, consequently they tend to be greatly sought after by many birders. Moorhens and coots are of course an exception to this general rule. A number of species are flightless and are confined to small islands and some species are extinct.

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  • Helm Country Avifauna; The Birds of Essex25% OFF
    Helm Country Avifauna; The Birds of Essex by Simon Wood

    Essex is of national and international importance for many migrating and wintering wildfowl and waders which visit the estuaries. Further inland the Lea Valley, and other diverse habitats of woodland, parkland, heaths, commons, agricultural land and urban areas mean that you can see upwards of 100 species in a day with little effort. Analysis and summaries all the data collated and documented over the last 200 years.

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  • The Greater Flamingo (Poyser monograph)
    The Greater Flamingo (Poyser monograph) by Alan Johnson, Frank Cezilly

    A detailed monograph on an iconic bird of tropical wetlands thoughout Eurasia and Africa. Authoritative yet readable.

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  • Bewick's Swan
    Bewick's Swan by Eileen Rees

    Britain's Bewick's have been the subject of intensive behavioural study, while their population ecology has provided a similar focus for research. The author discusses their biology in full, with sections on population and distribution, breeding biology, wintering behaviour, food and feeding ecology, taxonomy and phylogeny, migration and conservation. There is also frequent reference to the Bewick's sibling subspecies, the Tundra Swan of North America. Colour illustraions by Dafila Scott.

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  • The Nuthatches
    The Nuthatches by Erik Matthysen

    Focuses on the Eurasian Nuthatch, with comparative information on the other west Palaearctic and world species.

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  • The Stone Curlew: Burhinus oedicnemus
    The Stone Curlew: Burhinus oedicnemus by Richard Vaughan, Nancy Vaughan Jennings

    This is the first monograph about the stone curlew, a distinctive species found in varying concentrations throughout Europe as well as parts of Asia and North Africa. Detailed and comprehensive information on habitat, feeding, breeding and migration patterns. Colour and b/w photographs, sonograms, maps. 355pp 2005

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  • The Skylark (Poyser Monograph)
    The Skylark (Poyser Monograph) by Paul F Donald

    The Skylark is one of Britain's most popular and inspirational birds, and in recent years it has also been one of the most newsworthy. The population has plummeted as a consequence of changes in farming practice. This book looks at all aspects of the life of the Skylark, from its biology, migratory patterns, breeding behaviour and habitat requirements to its role in legend and folklore. It also discusses the recent rapid decline that has led to the species being placed on the top priority list of Birds of Conservation Concern.

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  • Naturalised Birds of the World
    Naturalised Birds of the World by Christopher Lever

    Looks at the world's naturalised (sucessfully intoduced) species of bird. Many species have been introduced to countries outside their natural range by people, either deliberately or accidentally, with varied consequences for both the species themselves and the native fauna of their new home. Discusses each species in turn, describing how, why, when and where its introduction took place, how it became established and the ecological and economic impacts its presence has had.

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  • Owls of Europe
    Owls of Europe by Heimo Mikkola

    In this major work Dr Mikkola reviews the 13 owls breeding in Europe and an additional four species in lands adjoining the Mediterranean in North Africa and the Middle East.

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  • Seabirds, a Natural History (Poyser Monograph)
    Seabirds, a Natural History (Poyser… by Anthony J Gaston

    This title takes an in depth look at the lives of the world's true seabirds who spend much of their lives foraging at sea. The variety of ways in which they are adapted to exploit the marine environment, in balance with the need to breed on land, is astoundingly diverse. The various problems of being a bird that forages at sea, and the array of solutions provided by evolution, are the theme of this title.

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  • Waders of Europe, Asia and North America (Helm Field Guide)
    Waders of Europe, Asia and North… by Stephen Message, Don Taylor

    Complete identification reference to all of the sandpipers, plovers, stints and other waders. Shows every bird at rest and in flight, in every plumage variant likely to be encountered in the region. Species have been grouped, especially on the flight plates, so that similar species are shown close to each other. Facing text summarises key identification pointers to complete a quick reference.

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  • Cuckoos of the World (Helm Identification Guide)
    Cuckoos of the World (Helm… by Johannes Erritzoe et al.

    Looks in detail at the world's cuckoos, couas and ani - the family Cuculidae. Famed as brood-parasites of other birds, the cuckoos include a diverse range of species, from the roadrunners of North America to the spectacular malkohas of southern Asia. Discusses the biology and identification on a species-by-species basis, bringing together the very latest research.

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  • The Common Eider (Poyser Monograph)
    The Common Eider (Poyser Monograph) by Chris Waltho, John Coulson

    This, the first English monograph of this Arctic adapted sea duck, delves deep into the biology of the Common Eider to provide a global perspective of the species. Critically examines and comments on many aspects of eider biology, especially relating to their breeding cycle. There is a focus on the authors' work in western Scotland and northeast England, close to the southern edge of the duck's breeding range.

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  • Birds New to Britain 1980-2004
    Birds New to Britain 1980-2004 by Adrian Pitches, Tim Cleeves

    Since 1980 a total of 75 bird species have been found for the first time in Britain. Each individual, although hopelessly lost and quite possibly doomed, has brought birding celebrity to its finder, and a swarm of admirers to view the bird itself. The accounts are reproduced from their original sources. These are complemented with new commentaries about the birds and a series of annual reviews from invited contributors.

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  • The Goshawk
    The Goshawk by Robert Kenward

    A large and spectacular bird of prey, the Goshawk lives in boreal forests throughout the Northern hemisphere. Chapters on nomenclature, races and morphs, biometrics, nesting, incubation and chick rearing, migration, feeding ecology, population dynamics and conservation.

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  • Helm Identification Guide: Cotingas and Manakins
    Helm Identification Guide: Cotingas and… by Guy Kirwan, Graeme Green

    This title represents the definitive work on those jewels of the Neotropics, looking in detail at more than 130 species. These range from some of the rarest and most enigmatic birds in the world to some of the best studied of all tropical species. Many are breathtakingly colourful and ornate, but some are dowdy and difficult to see. The authors have leant heavily on the published literature, but have also included many personal, previously unpublished data, based on both field and museum studies.

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  • Shorebirds: An Identification Guide to Waders of the World
    Shorebirds: An Identification Guide to… by P Hayman et al.

    British Birds Best Bird Book of the Year 1986. Over 214 species described in detail with information on identification, voice, habits, races and much more.

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  • Wildfowl of Europe, Asia & North America
    Wildfowl of Europe, Asia & North America by Sebastien Reeber

    Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America is a comprehensive reference summarising current knowledge on the identification of the different species and subspecies of ducks, geese and swans in Europe, Asia and North America – in essence the Holarctic zoogeographical region. The detailed species accounts cover taxonomy,specific and subspecific identification features, determination of age and sex, geographic variation, measurements, voice, moult and hybridisation. In addition, the current status of each species is treated with up-to-date information on distribution, population size, habitat and life-cycle. The text is complemented by 650 colour photos, almost all taken in the wild, and 72 colour plates painted by the author and featuring over 920 individual artworks. Together, these represent most of the plumages of each of the 84 species treated in Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America, as well as more than 100 hybrids that are observed more or less regularly in the wild. The photos are provided with captions that focus on the most important features, and the plates are accompanied by succinct caption text and distribution maps. This new identification guide provides an unrivalled level of detail and a wealth of information and illustrations. It will be an essential reference for anyone interested in the ducks, geese and swans of Eurasia and North America.

    Hardback £35.00 Buy Now
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